Category Archives: Public Lectures

Neutralité du Liban: pourquoi le patriarche de l’Église catholique maronite a-t-il proposé cette solution ?

Date 24 mars 2021 

Heure 11h55 à 13h00 

Lieu : En ligne, sur TEAMS 

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 24 mars 2021.

Cette conférence sera donnée par Sylvana Al Baba Douaihy, docteure en Études du religieux contemporain et coordonnatrice générale de la Chaire UNESCO-PREV. 

Inscription obligatoire. Envoyez votre demande d’inscription à l’adresse suivante :

Merci de diffuser l’information dans vos réseaux. 

Au plaisir de vous y voir, 



(Con)spirituality, Science and COVID-19 Colloquium

25-26 March, 5pm, AEDT
Hosted by Deakin University and Western Sydney University

(Con)spirituality – the merger of conspiracy theories and spirituality – has attracted significant media and academic attention globally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This colloquium is the first to bring together leading scholars and practitioners from the UK, EU, USA, Canada and Australia – including:

  • Professor David Voas (University College London),
  • Professor Paul Bramadat (University of Victoria),
  • Associate Professor Mar Griera (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona),
  • Professor Cristina Rocha (Western Sydney University), and
  • Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, and Julian Walker of

They will examine themes of (con)spirituality, science, QAnon, the Far Right, vaccine hesitancy and COVID-19.

Ward and Voas used the term conspirituality in 2011, to describe the merger of New Age spirituality and conspiracy theories. This colloquium seeks to provide a deeper understanding of this phenomena during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to illuminate the internal diversities and complexities within conspirituality and vaccine hesitancy. We therefore bracket the ‘con’, as the colloquium will investigate a wide spectrum of spiritual beliefs and practices that co-opt or critique scientific orthodoxy, including those that are non-controversial, those that may indeed be ‘cons’, and those that adhere to conspiracy theories and pose significant risks to society.


Date and Times:

  • Mar 25, 2021 05:00 PM
  • Mar 26, 2021 05:00 PM

Time shows in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Affinity Intercultural Foundation: Webinar ‘Discrimination & Inequality: Using people power to bring hope and change’

In recognition of International Women’s Day. Partnering with Amnesty International Australia and Diversity Council Australia Affinity Intercultural Foundation invite you to join them on this significant day. 

About the Webinar:

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year we are choosing to challenge and call out inequality and bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world. 

Does violence and harassment all stem from a culture that supports gender inequality and discrimination? How can we tackle unequal structures and gender norms that contribute to such outcomes?

Hear from CEO of Amnesty International Australia, Sam Klintworth and CEO of Diversity Council Australia, Lisa Annese, as they discuss current events around sexual violence and harassment that are being played out on the national stage. 

7 pm – 8 pm Monday 08 March 
Watch Here:

Religion, Race & Racism: Transnational Conversations Seminar Series


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 . If you would prefer not to make a donation, please email us at 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:

“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 :

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