SOAS University of London

SOAS to host conference on faith and belief on campus with Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

24 June 2019

SOAS University of London scholar Simon Perfect has organised a conference looking at faith and belief on campus. The event includes a keynote lecture on freedom of speech in universities by David Isaac CBE, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Professor Alison Scott-Baumann, from the SOAS Department of Religions and Philosophies will also be speaking at the event alongside SOAS Teaching Fellow Simon Perfect.

Faith and Belief on Campus: Division and Cohesion examines how 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. The conference seeks to understand what we can make of these contradictions, and what is the reality on the ground.

The conference, held on 4 July organised by organised by Theos, the religion and society thinktank, in partnership with the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, 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.

Full details and registration can be found on the event page.