SOAS University of London

School of History, Religions and Philosophies

Faith and Belief on Campus: Division and Cohesion

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
David Isaac CBE, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Date: 4 July 2019Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 4 July 2019Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

Day conference, 9.30-5.15pm, 4th July, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre. 

Followed by evening keynote lecture, 7.00-9.00pm on freedom of speech in universities by David Isaac CBE, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

Guests can attend the day conference, the evening lecture or both.

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?

These issues will be discussed on 4th July at a conference in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS. The conference, organised by Theos, the religion and society thinktank, 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.

The conference includes panels on issues like:

  •        Supporting students of faith and belief on campus
  •        How to live well with difference
  •        Security, extremism and discrimination
  •        Proselytism and secularism

The event will see the launch of a major new research report by Theos and 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. 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.

In the evening, a keynote lecture on freedom of speech in universities will be delivered by David Isaac CBE, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). In February 2019, the EHRC published new guidance for universities on managing freedom of speech on campus.

Lunch is provided. Guests can choose to attend the day conference, the evening lecture, or both. Following the evening lecture there will be a drinks reception (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

To attend, book your tickets at the link below. Early bird ticket prices are available until 31st May
eventbrite.co.uk/e/faith-and-belief-on-campus

The conference includes panels on issues like:

·        Supporting students of faith and belief on campus

·        How to live well with difference

·        Security, extremism and discrimination

·        Proselytism and secularism

The event will see the launch of a major new research report by Theos and 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. 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.

In the evening, a keynote lecture on freedom of speech in universities will be delivered by David Isaac CBE, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). In February 2019, the EHRC published new guidance for universities on managing freedom of speech on campus.

Organiser: Simon Perfect

Contact email: sp53@soas.ac.uk