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Centre for Religion and Public Life

November 2017

Hook Lecture by Professor Linda Woodhead

The 2017 Hook lecture will be given on 14 November by Prof. Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. She is best known for her work on religious change since the 1980s, and for initiating public debates about faith. She has been described by Matthew Taylor, head of the Royal Society of Arts, as "one of the world’s leading experts on religion".

The lecture will be themed around 'Remembering The Dead: Changing Public and Private Practices', and will explore how those who say they are 'no religion' on surveys make sense of life and death, how we are reinventing rituals, how 'no religion' is being institutionalized, and how all this relates to our Christian past.

The Hook Lecture is an annual event, which aims to stimulate debate around an issue of faith in the context of the city, shaping discussion and dialogue throughout the coming year. High profile speakers launch the conversation, drawing different communities together in Leeds Minster. The event is organised jointly by Leeds Church Institute, Leeds Minster and Theology & Religious Studies at the University of Leeds. Click here to register for the event.

Schools Questions Time

Various CRPL members are actively involved in this exciting event, organised for secondary schools (years 11-13). Based on the popular BBC show, students can put their questions about the big social, philosophical and religious issues of the day to a diverse panel of academics, community and religious leaders. The panel is chaired by Dr Rachel Muers and features yet another CRPL member, Dr Jasjit Singh, among other experts. Download the flyer for more information.

Inaugural lecture Professor Emma Tomalin

Prof. Emma Tomalin, who in 2015 became Professor of Religion and Public Life at the university of Leeds, will be giving her inaugural lecture on 30 November 2017, at 4:15pm. The title of the lecture is Religion, Poverty Reduction and Global Development Institutions. The lecture will be held in the Nathan Bodington Chamber (Parkinson Building level 1). There will be a drinks reception afterwards in the Ante Chamber, 17:30-18:30h. If you plan to attend the drinks reception, please notify Adriaan van Klinken by Friday 17 November. For more information on the event, see here.

Research Workshop Studying Religion in Africa

The Leeds University Centre for African Studies and the Centre for Religion and Public Life co-host a research workshop on “Theory from the South”: Africa as a Site for Understanding Contemporary Religion, on 25-26 January 2018. The workshop will be led by Prof. Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University), Dr Marloes Janson (SOAS University of London), and Dr Adriaan van Klinken (University of Leeds), and is specifically aimed at PhD students and early career researchers. For more information, see here
The workshop starts with a joint LUCAS and CRPL research seminar by Prof. Birgit Meyer on 25 January at 5pm, on the theme "Studying Religion in and from Africa", which is public and open to all.

CRPL at American Academy of Religion

The annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, which is the largest gathering in the world of scholars working in the field of religion, takes place in Boston on 18-21 November. Several CRPL members participate in the meeting and present their research:
  • Emma Tomalin and Caroline Starkey present a paper, Building Jainism in Britain: Diversification and Change among Contemporary Jain Communities.
  • Caroline Starkey presents a paper, "Don’t Mention the F Word": Monastic Women and Gendered Hierarchies in British Convert Buddhism.
  • Adriaan van Klinken presents a paper, Ancestors, Embodiment, and Sexual Desire: Wild Religion and the Body in the Story of a South African Lesbian Sangoma.
  • Emma Tomalin takes place in a panel discussion on The Path Ahead for Academic Centers on Religion and Public Life.
  • Emma Tomalin will be chairing a panel on Risk, Religion, and Vulnerability in the Context of International Economic Development.
  • Adriaan van Klinken will be chairing a panel on Decolonizing the Study of Religion in Africa.

Upcoming Events

  • 8 November, 1-2pm: Research seminar with Dr Krzysztof Nawratek (University of Sheffield) about “The Wholly Other and Speculations on Emancipatory Spatial Hierarchies (Reading Rudolf Otto’s ‘The Idea of the Holy’ from Architectural Perspectives)”.
  • 14 November, 19:30-21:30: Hook lecture by Professor Linda Woodhead.
  • 15 November, 1-2pm: Public/Theology reading group. Discussion of Forrest Clingerman, "Theologians as Interpreters—Not Prophets—in a Changing Climate", Journal of the American Academy of Religion 83/2 (2015), 336–355 (link).
  • 22 November, 1-2pm: Research seminar with Dr Jasjit Singh (Leeds), “The Idea, Context, Framing and Realities of ‘Sikh Radicalisation’ in Britain”.
  • 29 November, 1-2pm: Public/Religion reading group. Discussion of Peter van der Veer, “Urban Planning and Secular Atheism in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore”. In Religion and the Global City, David Garbin and Anna Strahn, eds. London: Bloomsbury 2017, 47-61.
  • 30 November, 4:15-5:30pm: Inaugural lecture of Dr Emma Tomalin as Professor of Religion and Public Life. Venue: Nathan Bodington Chamber (Parkinson Building level 1).
  • Please note: the Public/Theology reading group session in December has been rescheduled from 13 to 12 December, 1-2am! 

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ABOUT THE Centre for Religion and Public Life

The Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds is a hub for research into the important, and increasingly contentious, role of religion in public life in the world today, both locally, nationally and internationally. It provide a forum in which contemporary research and scholarship can be debated and disseminated. The Centre works closely with non-academic partners to identify the ways in which religion is relevant to their work and to produce research that is capable of meeting their need to better understand the nature of religion and religious organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

     
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