Category Archives: Public Lectures

Religion, Race & Racism: Transnational Conversations Seminar Series

Convenors:

Katie Gaddini, Dunya Habash and Lea Taragin-Zeller

Event description:

From the rise of white Christian nationalism in the United States to anti-immigration rhetoric against ‘Muslim refugees’ in Europe, the imbrication of race, racism and religion extends across geographic locations, social settings, and political contexts. As xenophobia and discrimination surge around the globe, religion and race are often conflated in everyday violence, yet their relationship is undertheorized in scholarly research. This seminar series Religion, Race and Racism: Transnational Conversations, brings emerging and senior scholars into conversation. In doing so, we reject a single-issue approach to the study of key social and political events, and push for an intersectional approach to the study of race, racism and religion. By facilitating conversations between leading scholars examining the relationship between race and religion, this series offers divergent perspectives, opposing views, and creative theorizations to offer fresh analytical tools for an urgent area of study.

Register HERE

Seminar schedule:  * All 15:30 – 16:30 GMT

March 3: Encounters of Race, Religion and Biomedicine

  • ‘Suspicion and Resentment: Gender, Race, and Religion in the Context of Clinical Care’
    Dr. Mwenza Blell, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle
  • ‘Race and Religion as Selective Reproductive Technologies in US Embryo Adoption’
    Dr. Risa Cromer, Department of Anthropology, Purdue University
  • ‘Indigenous African Jewishness and Genetic Knowledge Production’
    Dr. Noah Tamarakin, Department of Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
  • Discussant: Dr. Lea Taragin Zeller, Technion Institute of Technology (Haifa) & Woolf Institute

March 11: Christianity and Whiteness in America: From Past to Present

  • Professor Philip Gorski, Department of Sociology, Yale University
  • Mr. Jemar Tisby, Public Historian & President of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective
  • Discussant: Dr. Katie Gaddini, Social Research Institute, University College London

March 22: The Crescent, Colour and Capitalism: Migration and Integration Politics

  • ‘Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Semitism, and Multiracial Fantasies of Pax Ottomana in Turkey’
    Professor Esra Özyürek, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge & Dr Ezgi Guner, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • ‘The Coloniality of Migration: On the Racism-Migration Nexus’
    Professor Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Department of Sociology, University of Giessen
  • Discussant: Dunya Habash, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge and Woolf Institute
  • All 15:30 – 16:30 GMT

Hosted by the Woolf Institute, University of Cambridge & the Social Research Institute,

University College London

Online seminar: “Becoming religious: How and why beliefs and practices are transmitted.”

This is a reminder that INFORM’s next online seminar will take place from 5.30-7.30pm on 14th January, on the topic “Becoming religious: How and why beliefs and practices are transmitted.” The seminar will explore the motivations of minority religions and spiritual seekers to transmit and learn, and the processes they employ.

You can register to attend by making a donation through our website, at https://inform.ac/seminars . If you would prefer not to make a donation, please email us at inform@kcl.ac.uk to book your place.

Speakers will give short presentations, followed by an extended conversation and Q&A. More details about the seminar are below. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • “The Stickiness of Non-Religion? Intergenerational Transmission and the Formation of Non-Religious Identities in Childhood” – Dr Anna Strhan, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of York and Dr Rachael Shillitoe, Research Associate, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham
  • “Religious transmission among British Sikhs” – Dr Jasjit Singh, Associate Professor, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds 
  • “Making Witches: Transmission of Wicca Before, During and After the Era of the Self-help Paperback” – Dr Christina Oakley Harrington, Pagan Federation
  • “Inventing Memory: the challenges of mass conversion in a liberal setting” – Professor Ben Pink Dandelion, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Emerita Kim Knott, Lancaster University will respond. 

Seminar abstract

All people, young and old, are involved in the process of learning and passing on ideas, beliefs and practices that are important to them. This is how they express their identities and commitments, and how they sustain their worldviews, ideologies and ritual systems. Without effective processes for intergenerational and adult transmission, religious institutions, new or well-established, cannot survive and thrive. That ‘chain of memory’, as Danièle Hervieu-Léger noted, is the major feature distinguishing religion from other systems of meaning. And, although many in Western societies find themselves unschooled and adrift when it comes to religious affiliation and participation, they have increasing access, especially online, to an immense array of spiritual opportunities and resources. What paths they choose to follow, formal or informal, and how they go about acquiring the necessary beliefs, practices and training, are varied.

Best wishes,
Warwick J S Hawkins
Office Manager
INFORM (Information Network on Religious Movements)

The New Worldview Paradigm in RE: Implications for the Nonreligious?

Panel discussion with Professor Trevor Cooling (Canterbury Christ Church University and Religious Education Council of England and Wales), Dr Ruth Wareham (Humanists UK) and Dr Lois Lee (University of Kent); chaired by Dr Chris Deacy (University of Kent)

1pm Wednesday 2 December 2020 (Zoom joining information below)

Across the United Kingdom, Religious Education is subject to its most thorough-going review in a generation, with proposed reforms described as a paradigm change for the sector (Cooling et al 2020). Amongst other issues, proposals offered by the Commission on Religious Education in England and Wales and by the Welsh Government respond explicitly to the growing number of people who identify as nonreligious: What could this new approach to Religious Education mean for them? Their recommendations take better account of nonreligious perspectives than ever before. But is it right to assume that these proposed changes to RE are a straightforward “victory” for those that have called for better representation of nonreligion in the RE classroom? Does implementation of these proposals – already underway in some schools – mean that religious and nonreligious worldviews exist on a level playing field?

Join us for a panel discussion focusing attention on what a worldview approach to RE means in relation to the nonreligious.

Full details and the link to register can be found at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/events/event/46876/the-new-worldview-paradigm-in-re-implications-for-the-nonreligious

“Les changements constitutionnels de la Loi sur la laïcité du Québec”

Le Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) vous invite à une conférence publique qui aura lieu le mercredi 2 décembre 2020. 

Les changements constitutionnels de la Loi sur la laïcité du Québec

Date : 2 décembre 2020

Heure : 11h55

Lieu : Événement tenu en ligne, sur TEAMS.

Inscription obligatoire à l’adresse suivante : sodrus@usherbrooke.ca

Cette conférence sera donnée par Bertrand Lavoie, chercheur partenaire au SoDRUS.

Merci de diffuser l’information dans vos réseaux.

Au plaisir de vous accueillir,

Raphaël Mathieu Legault-Laberge, Ph.D.

Coordonnateur et chercheur partenaire au SoDRUS

Online Symposium: British Muslims and COVID-19: Impacts, Experiences and Responses

Tuesday 8th December 2020, 1pm to 5pm

An MBRN online symposium via Zoom

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/british-muslims-and-covid-19-impacts-experiences-and-responses-tickets-129223730657

Full Programme available at: http://www.mbrn.org.uk/registration-open-british-muslims-and-covid-19/

Research on Covid-19 has highlighted its disproportionate impact on Black and Asian Minority Ethnic groups (BAME) communities (Public Health England, 2020). However, these studies only offer a limited understanding of the particularity of experiences within the umbrella category BAME. For instance, there is only limited discussion around faith in relation to Covid-19, its impacts and the socio-economic fall-outs of lockdown. This MBRN symposium will redress this gap by taking an intersectional perspective in mapping and analysing the impact of Covid-19 on British Muslim communities. By bringing together practitioners and academics, we will examine how diverse British Muslim communities have experienced the pandemic, how their lives have been impacted during and after lockdown and how they responded.
By focusing on the experiences of British Muslims, this online symposium will enable us to examine the interplay of ethnicity, religion and deprivation, in negotiating the particular challenges of living through Covid-19. It will explore the diversity of ways in which British Muslims have experienced and responded to Covid-19, and seek to understand its ongoing impacts. Our aim is to suggest answers for the question, “How are diverse British Muslims living through, and responding to the challenges of, Covid-19?”.
The symposium includes presentations from academics and practitioners from a range of epistemological positions and disciplinary standpoints to explore dimensions of Muslim identity / lived experiences in relation to the pandemic, lockdown and subsequent socio-economic implications of Covid-19 in Britain.
Eventbrite registration essential, please select your preference for the parallel session during registration so you can be pre-assigned to a breakout room.

Conférence: “La place et les idées politiques des néocharismatiques-pentecôtistes aux États-Unis”

Le Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) vous invite à une conférence publique qui aura lieu le mercredi 18 novembre 2020. 

La place et les idées politiques des néocharismatiques-pentecôtistes aux États-Unis

Date : 18 novembre 2020
Heure : 11h55
Lieu : Événement tenu en ligne, sur TEAMS.

Inscription obligatoire à l’adresse suivante : sodrus@usherbrooke.ca

Cette conférence sera donnée par André Gagné, Professeur à l’Université Concordia et chercheur partenaire au SoDRUS.

Merci de diffuser l’information dans vos réseaux!
Au plaisir de vous accueillir,
Raphaël Mathieu Legault-Laberge, Ph.D.
Coordonnateur et chercheur partenaire au SoDRUS

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SSSR “Fall Fridays” Virtual Program

Please join us for a series of virtual events this fall organized by SSSR President, Laura Olson. Attendance is free, but you must register for each event in order to participate. Recordings of each session will be available after the events.


Friday, October 23
10:00 am Eastern Time (GMT – 4:00)
Religion and Spirituality in a Frightening World: A Conversation with Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers
Jeffrey S. Myers is the Rabbi of Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh. A teacher, scholar, and accomplished musician, he is ordained as both a rabbi and a cantor (hazzan) in the Conservative Jewish tradition. Ever since a gunman murdered 11 people during Shabbat morning services at his congregation, he has been an embodiment of how faith, love, and inclusion can defeat hate. SSSR President Laura Olson will speak with Rabbi Hazzan Myers about how religion helps individuals, groups, and societies confront terrifying circumstances.
Register for this event:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TO2BfBIrSWGraiuaoA5DZg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event via Zoom.


Friday, October 30
2:30 pm Eastern Time (GMT – 4:00)
Religion, Race, and the Struggle for Justice: A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Nichole R. Phillips
A Joint Presentation of the SSSR and the Religious Research Association
Nichole R. Phillips is Associate Professor in the Practice of Sociology of Religion and Culture, and Director of Black Church Studies, at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her scholarship treats religion, critical race, gender, and cultural memory studies. She is the author of Patriotism Black and White: The Color of American Exceptionalism (Baylor University Press 2018). RRA President Patricia Wittberg and SSSR President Laura Olson will speak with Dr. Phillips about how religion might help the United States confront and repair its long history of racial injustice.
Register for this event:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vQvny2-kRrqDcPJfeDdIWQ
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event via Zoom.


Friday, November 6
2:30 pm Eastern Time (GMT – 5:00)
Religion and the 2020 U.S Presidential Election: A Panel Discussion
On the first Friday after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, SSSR President Laura Olson will convene a panel of three expert analysts to discuss the ways in which religion affected the election’s outcome and how it might shape the political road ahead. Panelists include Michele Margolis, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania; Gerardo Martí, L. Richardson King Professor of Sociology at Davidson College; and Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher at the Pew Research Center.
Register for this event:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__GRZg_8BTA6S2A7EtSrEOA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event via Zoom.


Friday, November 13
2:30 pm Eastern Time (GMT – 5:00)
SSSR Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation
All SSSR members are invited to join us for our annual business meeting and awards presentations. The Distinguished Book Award will be presented by Michael Emerson of the University of Illinois at Chicago; the Distinguished Article Award will be presented by Amy Slagle of the University of Southern Mississippi; and the Student Paper Award will be presented by Christopher Scheitle of West Virginia University.
Register in for this event:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XIm-k_v4SeOEPB4G4-fUEg
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event via Zoom.

Public Lecture: Les femmes issues des sociétés musulmanes : des voix plurielles

Bonjour à vous,

Le Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) vous invite à une conférence publique qui aura lieu le mercredi 28 octobre 2020. 

Les femmes issues des sociétés musulmanes : des voix plurielles
Date : 28 octobre 2020
Heure : 11h55
Lieu : Événement tenu en ligne, sur TEAMS

Inscription obligatoire à l’adresse suivante : sodrus@usherbrooke.ca

Cette conférence sera donnée par Osire Glacier, professeure à l’Université Bishop et chercheure au SoDRUS.

Merci de diffuser l’information dans vos réseaux.

Au plaisir de vous accueillir,

Raphaël Mathieu Legault-Laberge, Ph.D.
Coordonnateur et chercheur partenaire
Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions
Université de Sherbrooke