SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Sixth Form Conference on World Religions and Philosophies


Date: 2 December 2013Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 2 December 2013Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: BGLT

Type of Event: Conference

The Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS, University of London is hosting a one-day conference on the relationship between ‘religion’ and ‘philosophy’, particularly when viewed from outside the west. 

This event is designed for sixth-form students who have an interest in world philosophies and religions or who are considering applying for a degree in Philosophy, Theology or Religious Studies. 

Even a brief glance at philosophy and religious studies curricula in the UK shows that mostly white male philosophers are studied. This conference aims to challenge the ethnocentrism that suggests that ‘only white men can think’ by raising awareness of a huge range of rich and sophisticated non-western religious and philosophical traditions. 

Each session will be interactive, accessible, and designed to provide students with an opportunity to hear about and engage with some of the cutting-edge research being undertaken in the field by staff at SOAS. In addition students will have the chance to explore a unique exhibition on one of the world’s oldest religions, Zoroastrianism. 

SOAS specialises in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

10:00-10:15Welcome and Introduction: 'Why Global Philosophy Matters'
Sîan Hawthorne
10:20-10:40'Who Said Greeks Invented Philosophy?'
Ted Proferes
10:40-11:00'Sons of Ishmael: The presence of Muslims in Britain'
Lizzie Munro
1100-11:20'Chinese Wisdom and Western Philosophy'
Antonello Palumbo
11:20-11.40Coffee/Tea Break
11:40-12:00'Of Fetishes and Human Nature: How Europeans Found Religion in Africa'
Jörg Haustein
12:00-12:20'Did the Buddha Pay his Tax?'
Ulrich Pagel
12:20-12:40'Philosophies in Dialogue'
Cosimo Zene
12:40-13:00'Imagining Zoroastrianism: a visual narrative'
Sarah Stewart
14:00-15:00Guided Tour: The Everlasting Flame: Zoroastrianism in History and Imagination, Brunei Gallery, SOAS (

If you would like to attend, please book below. There is no booking fee. Deadline for booking/cancelling places is 4.00pm on Thursday 21st November 2013.

Places on this event are now very limited. Please note that your booking is not confirmed until you have received a confirmation email from us.

Please also note this conference is for Sixth Form students.

Getting to SOAS (Russell Square Campus)

Organiser: Laura Massey

Contact email:

Contact Tel: 020 7898 4039