WESTMINSTER FAITH DEBATES

WESTMINSTER FAITH DEBATES

apologies for cross posting

We are delighted to invite you to a series of debates on religion in public life, running from February to May 2012 at RUSI, 61 Whitehall, SW1A 2ET, Wednesdays fortnightly, 5.30-7pm.

Between 2007-2012 £12m was invested by two research councils, the AHRC and ESRC, in the largest-ever funded research programme on ‘Religion and Society’. In this series leading academics will present findings arising from that research, for response by public figures. Together they will open up debate about the place of religion in public life today.

The series is organised and chaired by the Rt Hon Charles Clarke, Professor Linda Woodhead and Dr Rebecca Catto, in co-operation with Theos.  

1. Religious Identity in ‘Superdiverse’ Societies

8th Feb

Trevor Phillips, Dominic Grieve, Kim Knott, Therese O’Toole

2. What’s the Place of Faith in Schools?

22nd Feb

Richard Dawkins, John Pritchard, Jim Conroy, Robert Jackson

3. What have we Learned about Radicalisation?

7th March

Mehdi Hasan, Ed Husain, Mark Sedgwick, Marat Shterin, Mat Francis

4. What role for Religious Organisations in an era of Shrinking Welfare?

21st March

David Blunkett, Peter Smith, Adam Dinham, Sarah Johnsen

5. What Limits to Religious Freedom?

18th April

Lisa Appignanesi, Maleiha Malik, Peter Jones

6. What are the main Trends in Religion and Values in Britain?

2nd May

Aaqil Ahmed, Cole Moreton,  Linda Woodhead, Grace Davie

Please email p.ainsworth@lancaster.ac.uk to register for the debates you would like to attend, and visit http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk/faith_debates for further details.

We hope to see you there, and you are welcome to distribute details of the series to colleagues.

Charles, Linda and Rebecca

The Rt Hon Charles Clarke

Professor Linda Woodhead

Director, AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme, Lancaster University

Dr Rebecca Catto

Research Associate, AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme, Lancaster University