Jul 04

SocRel Chair’s Response Day 2016: Connecting for Change: emerging research and policy on religion and belief in the public sphere

Friday 21st October, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London

Keynote speaker: Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)

Please book here.


10.00               Welcome

10.05               Keynote – Prof Tariq Modood

10.50               Coffee

11.00               Dr Erica Howard:

Offending religious feelings? Political rhetoric, freedom of expression and religious hate speech

11.40               Sandra Maurer

Beyond institutional walls: Minority Faith Networks on Campus

12.20               Céline Benoit

Re-imagining religion:  the case of Birmingham

1.00                 Lunch

1.20                 Katie Gaddini

2.00                 Dr Andrew Orton

2.40                 Coffee

2.45                 Hazel Bryan and Lynn Revell

Liquid professionalism in an age of extremism; the compromise of religion and beliefs in the public sphere

3.25                 Jo Bryant:       

Brokering Faith: Healthcare Chaplains as Gatekeepers of Religion (and Belief) in the National Health Service

4.00                 END


Lunch is provided

The public sphere has been both prominent and turbulent in recent times, and in common with other interests and disciplines, the study of religion and belief has been exploring the questions which are raised. From the role of faith in public life, to media representations, legal cases and controversies, and the future of school RE, a plethora of research and reports has been underway which connect religion and belief with policy and practice. This event will present key examples, with an emphasis on sociology of religion, including as it connects with other disciplines, and with policy and practice.

The goal is to explore the connections between religion and belief research, policy and the public sphere through presentations, questions and discussions. We invite proposals for papers and/or (small) panels of 40 minutes (including time for questions), which present research which has connected with - or is planned to – any aspect of policy or practice (such as education, health, housing, welfare, law, employment, politics, government and others).

Should you have any queries about the day, please do not hesitate to contact the event organisers, Professor Adam Dinham [email protected] or Rachael Shillitoe [email protected]. For further details, visit the SocRel website: www.socrel.org.uk.  For further details about the BSA visit www.britsoc.co.uk.