Faith and Belief on Campus: Division and Cohesion
Upcoming: A study of faith and belief societies in British universities.
This conference considers the roles that faith and belief can play in promoting cohesion in universities, and launches our research in this area.
Thursday 4th July, SOAS, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
Universities are a symbolic battleground in today’s debates around our shared values and identities. They are accused on the one hand of restricting free speech, and on the other of being hotbeds of extremism. They are often seen as secular, yet are places where faith and belief groups flourish. What can we make of these contradictions, and what is the reality on the ground?
On 4th July we host a day conference to launch a major new research report in partnership with Coventry University: Faith and Belief on Campus: Division and Cohesion. This report sets out the findings of our research with faith and belief–related student societies in six universities across the UK. We explore the challenges these societies face on campus and the roles they play in fostering good relations on campus. We have also conducted the first mapping exercise of faith and belief–related student societies across the country.
This conference brings together academics, students and staff working in student services and students’ unions to consider how faith and belief issues shape campus dynamics; the challenges that people of different faiths and beliefs face on campus; and what changes are needed in universities to support them better.
During the day there will be panel discussions on such issues as:
– Supporting students of faith and belief on campus
– Proselytism and secularism
– Security, extremism and discrimination
– How to live well on campus with difference?
Lunch is provided. In the evening there will be a keynote lecture, followed by a drinks reception (alcoholic and non–alcoholic). Guests can choose to attend the day conference, the evening lecture, or both.
There are several ticket options. Guests can choose to attend the day conference, the evening lecture, or both.
Early bird tickets are on offer until 9am, 31st May. General admission are available until 9am, 13th June.
The closest underground station to the venue is Russell Square on the Picadilly line. Entry is via the main ground floor reception to the Brunei Gallery at SOAS. Turn left through the double doors where you will need to register, and then make your way down via the stairs or take the lift to the main lecture theatre in the basement.
Please bring a print out of your eventbrite ticket which we will collect from you at registration.
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Theos researches and investigates the intersection of religion, politics and society in the contemporary world.