Category Archives: Public Lectures

Conference ‘Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace’

Good afternoon,

I’d like to share with you the forthcoming conference ‘Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace’ organised by the centre of Religion Reconciliation and Peace at the University of Winchester, 20-21 June 2018, I think the programme may be of interest to you. We’d be most grateful if you could share this information with anyone you know who could be interested.

Key speakers include Mohammed Abu-nimer and Susan Hayward. As well as some fascinating papers looking at conflicts from around the world, we have also built in a history walk of the City of Winchester.

More information and booking via the conference website:https://www.winchesterpeaceconference.com/

With best wishes,

Rebecca Bellamy

Centre Coordinator & Partnerships Officer

On part-time secondment to the European Council of Religious Leaders

Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace (WCRRP)

Religion as Political Communication: A Symposium

Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Communication and Culture is organising an event on Religion as Political Communication on 7th June 2018. There will be four speakers (see programme below). You are all welcome to attend. The event is free with refreshments provided, but please book your place in advance (via the link below) for catering purpose: 

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/crcc/events/eventslist/religion-as-political-communication.html

Religion as Political Communication: A Symposium

10:00 – 16:00, 7th June 2018

Religion is communicated politically in multiple ways: by religious institutions and individuals, by governments with different approaches to religion, via various artistic and cultural expressions, by secular news media, and via digital platforms and communities (Lundby 2017). The types and contents of politically communicated religion are diverse and complex, ranging from the Church of England’s conservative stance on marriage as reserved for heterosexual couples, French lawmakers interpreting religious symbols such as the veil as ‘too political’, the West-End musical success ‘The Book of Mormon’, terrorist acts of violence committed in the name of religion, to representations of ‘Muslims’ as a non-diversified group. Religion can communicate political stances in both direct and indirect ways, such as when drawings of the Prophet Mohammad are considered as unacceptably irreverent expressions of free speech, or when specific positions on abortion, creationism, stem-cell research and euthanasia are inferred when someone declares their stance as ‘religious’. In this symposium, internationally leading scholars on religion and politics are invited to address and debate religion as political communication.

Programme

10:00 Welcome and introductions

10:15 Dr Elizabeth Poole (Keele University): Contesting #stopislam: Political frictions and appropriation in online spaces

10:45 Professor Jolyon Mitchell ((University of Edinburg): The Ambivalent Role of Religion and the Media Arts as Political Communication in Israel /Palestine

11:15 Q & A session

11:45 Lunch and networking

13:00 Dr Jasjit Singh (University of Leeds): The construction of ‘Sikh radicalisation’ in Britain

13:30 Professor Mia Løvheim (Uppsala University, Sweden): Religion, mediatization and a changing political landscape

14:00 Q & A

14:30 Coffee break and networking

15:00 Roundtable discussion

15:45 End of programme

Symposium organisers: Dr Line Nyhagen (Social Sciences), Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos (Politics, History and International Relations), PhD student Xinan Li (Social Sciences), Loughborough University.

For speakers’ abstracts, please see: 

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/crcc/events/eventslist/religion-as-political-communication.html

Sacrament and Liturgy in Digital Spaces

APRIL SYMPOSIUM

“Sacrament and Liturgy in Digital Spaces”

CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology
Durham University, UK
April 19-20 2018

In a rapidly developing technological age, the question of church online is both highly relevant and highly contentious. Christianity is deeply rooted in the Incarnation and in the tangible, visceral symbols and sacraments of belonging. Join the CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology and special guests for a symposium exploring the questions of sacrament and liturgy in digital spaces.

The event begins at 5pm on Thursday April 19th with an evening meal and a lecture by Dr Jana Bennett (University of Ohio, author of “Aquinas on the Web?” (Bloomsbury 2012)). We continue from 10am to 4pm on Friday April 20th, with a day of talks, conversations and panel discussions exploring new ideas in digital theology. Invited speakers include Professor Paul Fiddes (University of Oxford) and Rev. Pam Smith (priest-in-charge of i-church and author of “Online Mission and Ministry” (SPCK 2015)).

Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/april-symposium-thursday19th-april-2018-tickets-42312093611

Conférence: L’influence étatsunienne sur le droit canadien des religions – 28 mars 2018

Le cycle de conférences du Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) se poursuit. Nous vous invitons à notre dernière conférence publique de cette session qui aura lieu le mercredi 28 mars 2018.

L’influence étatsunienne sur le droit canadien des religions

Date : Le mercredi 28 mars 2018

Heure : De 12 h 00 à 13 h 30

Lieu : Campus principal de Sherbrooke, Faculté de droit, local A9-162

Cette conférence sera présentée par Stéphane Bernatchez, professeur titulaire à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke.

Pour plus d’information sur la conférence, visitez la page suivante : https://www.usherbrooke.ca/sodrus/index.php?id=1251&user_udesnewsdisplay_pi4%5Bitem%5D=35377

Conférences: La nation, la laïcité et le pluralisme religieux

Le cycle de conférences du Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) se poursuit. Nous vous invitons à une conférence publique qui aura lieu le mercredi 7 mars 2018. Intitulée La nation, la laïcité et le pluralisme religieux, cette conférence sera présentée par Michel Seymour, professeur titulaire au département de philosophie de l’Université de Montréal.

 La nation, la laïcité et le pluralisme religieux

Date : Le mercredi 7 mars 2018
Heure : De 12 h 00 à 13 h 30
Lieu : Campus principal de Sherbrooke, Faculté de droit, local A9-162

Pour plus d’information sur la conférence, visitez la page suivante :
https://www.usherbrooke.ca/sodrus/accueil/evenements/evenements-details/e/35376/  

Lecture/Event: “Is God Really Dead? Why Belief Matters”, Professor Eileen Barker

Monday 12 February 2018, 6.30-8pm
London School of Economics, Old Theatre, Old Building
Hosted by the Department of Sociology

  • Speaker: Professor Eileen Barker, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at LSE with Special Reference to the Study of Religion.
  • Respondent: Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law at LSE
  • Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd, Professor of Sociology, LSE

Thirty years after founding INFORM, the information network on religious movements, Eileen Barker argues that the sociology of religion still has an important role in “knowing the causes of things”.

This event will celebrate Eileen’s work over the past 30 years. A celebratory drinks reception
will follow the lecture.

This event is free and open to all.
Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

More information at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/2018/02/20180212t1830vOT/is-god-really-dead

Poster for “Is God Really Dead?”, with Prof. Eileen Barker

Public lecture: “La nation, la laïcité et le pluralisme religieux”, Wednesday, January 24th, University of Sherbrook

La nation, la laïcité et le pluralisme religieux

Date : Le mercredi 24 janvier 2018

Heure : De 12 h 00 à 13 h 30

Lieu : Campus principal de Sherbrooke, Faculté de droit, local A9-162

Cette conférence sera présentée par Michel Seymour, professeur titulaire au département de philosophie de l’Université de Montréal.

Pour plus d’information sur la conférence, visitez la page suivante :https://www.usherbrooke.ca/sodrus/accueil/evenements/evenements-details/e/35376/

Lecture: “Ignored Arab Christian Voices: Contextual Theology in the Era of Colonial Modernity”

The Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry together with the Faculty of Divinity and the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies invite you to the public lecture:

Ignored Arab Christian Voices: Contextual Theology in the Era of Colonial Modernity by Professor Heidemarie Winkel (University of Bielefeld and DAAD Visiting German Scholar, Cambridge)

on Monday 25 September, 4pm.

VENUE: Runcie Room, Faculty of Divinity, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9BS
ABSTRACT
Within Palestine, Arab Christians are publicly visible as providers of religiously based discourses on social solidarity and the common good, for example in the form of contextual theologies. The paper shortly reflects how far this has to be seen against the background of colonial history, both with British and with German roots, and to what extent Arab Christians construct their socio-political identity against the background of entangled histories as well as the ongoing reality of socio-political crisis today. A second concern is how contextual theologies relate to the European public and how Arab Christian subaltern voices are coming to the attention of a western-European public.
Heidemarie Winkel is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bielefeld (Germany). She will present some highlights from her research as DAAD Visiting German Scholar based at the VHI, St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge. Professor Winkel specializes in sociology of religion, gender, and Arab societies. She is a board member of several sociological research networks and editorial boards, including the Council of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR) and the Journal for Religion, Society and Politics. Recent publications: Multiple Religiosities, Entangled Modernities and Gender: What is Different about Gender Across Religious Cultures?, Journal for Religion, Society and Politics 1(1), 2017;  with K. Sammet (eds), Thinking Religion Sociologically: Reflections on Current Theoretical and Empirical Developments, Springer, 2017.

The event is free and open to all. Please find attached a poster for further circulation. For more information visit www.vhi.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk.
To learn more about the DAAD in Cambridge contact ingrid.hobbis@admin.cam.ac.uk

Celebratory Conference: ‘Reimagining Difference: Being, thinking and practicing beyond essentialism’.

The Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen is celebrating its five-year anniversary this year.

To mark the occasion, the Centre has organised an interdisciplinary conference 13-15 September 2017 – including journalism, anthropology, sociology, International relations, philosophy, gender studies, religious studies – with scholars, policymakers and practitioners from South Africa, Australia, the US, Zimbabwe, Denmark, Norway, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands on the theme of ‘Reimagining Difference:  Being, thinking and practicing beyond essentialism’.

Speakers include:

  • Prof Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University
  • Prof Ezra Chitando, University of Zimbabwe;
  • Dr Marie Juul Petersen, Danish Institute for Human Rights;
  • Dr Nadia Fadil, KU Leuven
  • Dr Luca Mavelli, University of Kent;
  • Ms Merete Bilde, European External Action Service;
  • Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London;
  • Professor Ebenezer Obadare, Kansas University;
  • Dr Lisa LeRoux, Stellenbosch University;
  • Mr Klaus De-Rijk, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Dr John Rees, University of Notre Dame Sydney;
  • Dr Atalia Omer, University of Notre Dame, South Bend.
  • Dr Maria de Lourdes Peroni, University of Ghent
  • Dr Helge Arsheim, University of Oslo
  • Mr Tim Dixon, Purpose Europe

There are two free public events:

  • Wednesday 13 September 6-8pm ‘Thinking Differently about Religion, Politics and Power’ – Keynote Address from Prof Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University, with response from Merete Bilde, Policy Advisor at the European External Action Service
  • Friday 15 September – 11:30am-1:30pm ‘Religion, Secularism and the Politics of Difference’ – Panel Discussion featuring Prof Yolande Jansen (UvA), Elisa di Benedetto, (International Association for Religion Journalists), Gabrielle Bustamante (The Hague University for Applied Sciences) and Joram Tarusarira (University of Groningen)

Registration for the whole conference is 60 euros including lunches, 30 euros for students. Partial registration is also available if you are unable to attend the full three days. You can register via this link: https://www.eventure-online.com/eventure/login.form?Pe2fad366-eab4-404d-b727-bb16eb2c8b5c

Event details are also available at the Centre’s Facebook Page.

Symposium: ‘Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Australia.’

You are invited to join us at the symposium ‘Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Australia.’  The symposium is convened by Cristina Rocha, Mark Hutchinson and Kathleen Openshaw, scholars at the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University. Keynote speaker: Prof Paul Freston (Wilfred Laurier University). It will take place on 11-12 August at WSU Parramatta city campus.
Registration is free, but needed for catering purposes. For the programme, registration, and more details see https://pccinaussymposium.wordpress.com

Cheers,
Cristina
Associate Professor Cristina Rocha
ARC Future Fellow
Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster
Western Sydney University