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Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective Conference

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 12:00 to Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 13:00
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes

Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective: Publics and Performances

Keynote Speakers | Bettina Schmidt, Philip Williamson, Steven Sutcliffe

At a time when the public role of the University is under increasing scrutiny, how can we ensure that research and teaching about religions reaches new publics? What can we do to enhance religious literacy both within and beyond religious and non-religious communities? How is ritual and performance involved in communication between religious communities, the academy, policy makers and the broader public? Are there ways in which we can learn from the past in better understanding such channels of communication?

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The schedule is currently anticipated as follows, final changes may however be necessary.


Monday 19th February

Prof Bettina E. Schmidt, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The contentious field of the study of religious experience: The challenging influence of Rudolf Otto, Andrew Lang and other founding fathers

Tuesday 20th February

Steven Sutcliffe, University of Edinburgh

Playing the Long Game: The Predicament of the Scholar of Religion/s between Academic Researcher and Public Intellectual

Wednesday 20th February

Philip Williamson, Durham University

Remembrance Day: the British churches and national commemoration of the war dead since 1914

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