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Centre for Religion and Public Life

June 2019

New on the Religion in Public blog

Our Centre's weblog Religion in Public has recently featured several items worth reading: 
  • As Researcher of the Month: May, the blog featured PhD student Sofia Rehman, who shares with us her journey into researching the Prophetic tradition in Islam, focussing particularly on female voices within the tradition.
  • Maria Stankiewicz, an undergraduate student of Arabic and International Development at the University of Leeds, writes about her research into Iranian Christians in Leeds.
  • Kristi Boone and Alan Benstock write about their impressions of a postgraduate training workshop organised by the Centre for Religion and Public life in April.
  • Guest contributor Erik Meinema shares insights from his research into hip hop music and religious coexistence at the Kenyan east coast.

CRPL Research Day about Religion and Social Change

On 18th June, the Centre for Religion and Public Life at the University of Leeds will host a research day about "Religion and Social Change: Sexuality, Climate Change and Religious Pluralism". The event is co-hosted by the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town, DesmondTutuCentreforReligion&SocialJusticeSouth Africa, as part of our evolving collaboration. 

The morning programme consists of a masterclass for postgraduate students. Any students interested to participate can contact Dr Adriaan van Klinken.

The afternoon programme (14:00-18:00) is open for postgraduate students, academic members of staff, and anyone with an interest in the subject. It comprises a research symposium and a public lecture, featuring the following speakers:

  • 2-3pm: Presentation by Dr Lee Scharnick-Udemans (senior researcher, Desmond Tutu Centre, University of the Western Cape): "Politics, Privilege and Pluralism: Exploring the Contestation of Religious Diversity in Contemporary South Africa".
  • 3-4pm: Presentation by Dr Elaine Nogueira-Godsey (Assistant Professor of Theology, Ecology and Race, Methodist Theological School in Ohio): “Religion and Social Activism in Times of Climate Change: Privilege or Necessity?”
  • 4:30-6pm: Public lecture by Professor Sarojini Nadar, Desmond Tutu Research Chair of Religion and Social Justice, University of the Western Cape, South Africa: “Sacred Sex, Sacred Text: Queering Religious Sexual Scripts in Transforming African Societies”.
If you wish to attend, please confirm to CRPL intern, Hollie Gowan.

Seminar with Professor Asma Barlas

The Centre for Religion and Public Life, together with the Iqbal Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam and the unit Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds, co-hosts a research seminar with Professor Asma Barlas, about "Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an", on 5th July 2019 (5:00 to 6:30pm). For more details, see here.

Funding for Workshop on Gender-Based Violence in Religious Communities

Professor Johanna Stiebert has recently been awarded funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund to organise collaborative workshops on gender-based violence in religious communities. The workshops will take place at the gathering of The Circle for Concerned African Women Theologians which she will be attending early July, in Gaborone, Botswana.

CRPL Researchers in Public

Members of the Centre for Religion and Public Life frequently participate in public and media events to comment on issues relating to religion in public life. 
  • Dr Stuart McAnulla gave a presentation at the Political Studies Association conference in April, titled "Mixing politics and religion in new public spaces: the case of the Intellectual Dark Web".
  • Dr Adriaan van Klinken wrote an obituary for the Kenyan literary writer Binyavanga Wainaina, which was published by The Conversation and was republished on several online forums across the world. 

Recent Publications 

CRPL Research Seminars and Events

The CRPL runs fortnightly research seminars on Thursdays, 11:30-13:00, taking place in the Botany House seminar room 1.03.
  • 9 May, 11:30-13:00, Botany House 1.03: Research seminar with Dr Al McFadyen (University of Leeds): “Coercive Control, Domestic Violation and the Christian Doctrine of Sin”.
  • 18 June: Research Day about "Religion and Social Change", with the Desmond Tutu Centre, University of the Western Cape, South Africa (see above). 

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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