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Challenging Religious Privilege

Upcoming Events

Links are provided to events which may be of interest to secularists. Unless otherwise stated the NSS does not necessarily support or endorse these events.

Women Bishops – What difference does it make?

Tue, 26 May 2015

Date: Tuesday 26 May, 2015, 6:30-8:00pm
Venue: St James's Church, Piccadilly, London

This year the Church of England appointed its first woman bishop, the Rt Rev Libby Lane. In other churches and other faiths, there have been senior women leaders for some time. This debate draws several of them together to ask what difference woman bishops are likely to make.

Co-organised with The Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London & hosted by St James's Piccadilly

Register online, or by emailing p.ainsworth@lancaster.ac.uk

This event is part of the Westminster Faith Debates' 2015 series – Religion, Violence and Cohesion.

Social cohesion - lessons from the Pennines

Wed, 10 Jun 2015

Date: Wednesday 10 June, 2015
Venue: The Midland Hotel, Forster Square, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 4HU

This event looks back to the disturbances of 2001 in Bradford, Burnley, Oldham and other Pennine towns. It asks what went wrong and how effectively it has been addressed. Drawing together researchers and local people who dealt with the aftermath of 2001, it invites them to reflect on the lessons learned.

Register online, or by emailing p.ainsworth@lancaster.ac.uk

This event is part of the Westminster Faith Debates' 2015 series – Religion, Violence and Cohesion.

Women negotiating secularism and multiculturalism through civil society organisations

Tue, 30 Jun 2015

Date: Tuesday 30 June - Wednesday 1 July 2015
Venue: Coventry University
Tickets: £15 per participant or £10 for PhD, post-doc or civil society organizations

What are the intersections and differences between gender and religious privilege, feminism and secularism? How can different models/approaches to secularism protect or harm gender equality in society and its religious/non-religious subgroups?

Proposals for papers, panel discussions and workshops will be accepted. Abstracts (up to 300 words in English) should be sent by 26th April to: wrsworkshops2015@gmail.com

The workshop is funded by the International Society for the Sociology of Religion and organized by Dr Kristin Aune (Coventry University), Prof Mia Lӧvheim (Uppsala University), Dr Terhi Utriainen (University of Helsinki), Dr Alberta Giorgi (Centre of Social Studies, University of Coimbra; GRASSROOTSMOBILISE, Eliamep) & Dr Teresa Toldy (Fernando Pessoa University, Porto; Centre of Social Studies, University of Coimbra). A book publication featuring some of the papers is planned.

What should we do about radicalisation?

Wed, 01 Jul 2015

Date: Wednesday 1 July, 2015, 5:30-7:00pm
Venue: Royal United Services Institute, 61 Whitehall, London

Since 2011 there has been an explosion of research and policy on how to deal with violent extremism, yet the problem has not gone away. This event brings together some of the leading experts on the topic to discuss what we have learned about how to deal with radicalisation, and what else needs to be done.

Register online, or by emailing p.ainsworth@lancaster.ac.uk

This event is part of the Westminster Faith Debates' 2015 series – Religion, Violence and Cohesion.

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