In Conversation….

Autumn 2021 Series: Religion, worldviews and the public square

This term our in conversation events aim to provide some broader perspectives about religion, worldviews, society and public perception. We are delighted to have a several researchers and experts who will share their positions about religion and worldviews in education, the media and the workplace, as well as wider public perception.

All seminars take place on Zoom. Reserve your place on Eventbrite

 

Wednesday 29th September 4.15-5.15pm: Public Perception, Religion and Worldviews, Dr Sarah Harvey and Dr Kathryn Wright

This in conversation session will share newly published research and other recent findings about how the general public including the media, parents and employees perceive the value and importance of an education in religion and worldviews. There will be plenty of time to ask questions and consider future research opportunities together.

Dr Sarah Harvey is research officer for Inform, an independent charity based at King’s College, London.

Dr Kathryn Wright is Chief Executive of Culham St Gabriel’s Trust.

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Wednesday 3rd November 7-8pm: Religion, worldviews and the media, Ruth Peacock

This in conversation session will share some insights from the work of the Religion Media Centre including the ways in which religion and worldviews are presented in the media. The Religion Media Centre is an independent, impartial organisation seeking to help the media be better informed and have greater understanding of religion and worldviews in the UK. We will also hear more about their ‘Five Cities’ Project. As the journalists will be the ones being interviewed, come ready with your questions!!!

Ruth Peacock is director of the Religion Media Centre and oversees its work. After studying theology and teaching RE, she trained as a journalist on a local paper, freelanced in print and radio and then joined the BBC, working in many news departments, including the main news gathering desk.

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Wednesday 17th November 7-8pm: Religion and Belief Literacy- reconnecting a chain of learning, Professor Adam Dinham

This in conversation session will share some of the thinking behind Adam’s book of the same title. The book presents a crisis of religion and belief literacy to which education at every level is challenged to respond. Adam proposed a clear pathway for engaging well with religion and belief diversity in public and shared settings.

Adam Dinham is a professor of Faith and Public Policy, Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit and Head of the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Wednesday 1st December 4.15-5.15pm Religion and Belief in the UK Workplace, Tamanda Walker

This in conversation session will share some insights from research being undertaken by Tamanda Walker about religion and belief in the UK workplace. Her doctoral studies have grown out of her practice within Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and she offers a decolonial, auto-ethnographic account of the dynamics of religion and belief/worldviews and their intersections with race within the ‘modern’, ‘secular’ British workplace. You may wish to watch Tamanda’s June 2021 Research of the Month before this session and come ready with your questions.

Tamanda is a consultant, researcher and facilitator working internationally to help individuals and organisations work through issues of identity and inclusion sensitively and effectively within education, employment, policy and community settings. She has over 12 years’ experience within the arts, youth and community work, the justice system, HR, equalities, diversity and interfaith programmes.

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You can find recordings of previous seminars at https://www.reonline.org.uk/research/in-conversation/