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The Sacred #16: Tom Shakespeare

The Sacred #16: Tom Shakespeare

The Sacred is a podcast about the things we cherish and hold dear to us. In episode 16, we speak to Tom Shakespeare, sociologist, broadcaster and Professor of Disability Research.

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In the 16th episode of The Sacred, Elizabeth Oldfield speaks to Tom Shakespeare, an English sociologist and broadcaster. He is Professor of Disability Research in the medical faculty at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. He is also known for his work and activism around disability rights in the UK.

In this episode, he talks about the role of religion in his upbringing, agnosticism and finding solace in Quakerism. He also talks about his work as an activist, and the challenges that people with disabilities face in the age of austerity.

This episode also features a conversation with Theos’ Natan Mladin about the idea of ‘thinking about thinking’.

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Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth is host of The Sacred podcast. She was Theos’ Director from August 2011 – July 2021. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, and writing in The Financial Times.

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Posted 20 June 2018

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