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COMMENTS 

At the Edges of Europe: Britain, Romania and European Identities

In their relationship to Europe, both Britain and Romania are situated at the continent’s edge, but that is where any list of comparisons between the two countries usually ends. Certainly, both countries are members of the European Union, but their respective responses to the European Union differ markedly. Polls conducted by Eurobarometer consistently put Romanians among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European Union, and the British (along with the Greeks) among the least. But what are the historical roots of Romanian and British attitudes towards Europe and the European idea?
27 July 2015
Prof. Martyn Rady More...

Starts: Jul 27, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Extremism disenchanted: what role can education play?

Young people in the UK today who are attracted to extremism are typically well educated. Given the weaknesses of this ideology in terms of its use of history, internal coherence of arguments and moral standards, its success with many educated young people requires explanation. The explanation, according to Dr. Farid, is multifaceted but education has a big role to play in curbing the trend.
2 June 2015
Dr. Farid Panjwani More...

Starts: Jun 2, 2015 12:00:00 AM

The case for an EU referendum

Christopher Bickerton, lecturer in Politics at the University of Cambridge, discusses how how the impending EU referendum in the UK necessitates open and unbiased academic debate, and how British discussions of EU reform may reverberate across the European continent.
15 May 2015
Dr. Christopher Bickerton More...

Starts: May 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Negotiating Religion 1

Publication date: Nov 24, 2011 04:50 PM

Start: Nov 23, 2011 12:00 AM
End: Nov 23, 2011 12:00 AM

 23 November 2011

Workshop 1:

European Legacies, European Challenges

23 November 2011

3-7pm

Chadwick LT G08
UCL Main Campus
WC1E 6BT

Negotiating Religion

Negotiating Religion: Inquiries into the History and Present of Religious Accommodation

In 2011-12, a series of four workshops will discuss the complex processes through which religious communities create or defend their place in a given commonwealth, both in history and in our world today.

The focus is on communities' ability to formulate and present their claims, to identify potential spokespeople and their addressees, to secure their institutions and assert their physical and political presence, as well as on the epistemological, political and social conditions facilitating or complicating processes of negotiation. The workshops thus intend to focus on the agency of both sides in processes of negotiation, broadly understood as all societal and political interactions that not only concern a religious community but directly involve it.

The main objective is to stimulate a debate about the complex relationship between religion and society. Throughout their history, European commonwealths have been shaped by religious identity, community, and conflict. Constitutions and legal systems to this very day are deeply affected by religious traditions. Secularization has reduced religious tension within Western societies. However, these find their spiritual and cultural identity challenged by communities marked by stronger religious commitment, notably communities belonging to the world of Islam. Instead of reducing present day conflicts to essentialised notions of religious community, the workshops aim to explore the impact of religious legacies in European history and to contribute to a more precise understanding of the role of the multilayered processes of moderation and negotiation in the shaping of contemporary societies. 

For information on the next upcoming workshop, see here.


Workshop 1: European Legacies, European Challenges

23 November 2011

This first workshop addressed the history of religious conflict and accommodation, and gauges the impact of religious skepticism and secularization in Europe.

After a keynote on the relationship of public reasoning and religious commitment, discussing the role of forgiveness in economic relations and the impact the notion of the journey of the soul has for setting health care priorities, four papers reflected on historical examples of religious communities and attitudes negotiating their place in state and society.

The concluding panel discussion engaged a group of outstanding experts and the public in a discussion on a more visible and proactive investigation of the relationship between religion and society at UCL.

PROGRAMME:

3 pm Welcome
  Prof David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research)
  Keynote:
  Prof Albert Weale FBA (UCL School of Public Policy):
Can There be a Public Reason of the Heart?
4 pm European Legacies, European Challenges
  Prof David d'Avray FBA (UCL History):
Religious and Secular Values - A Historical Sociology of the West
  Prof Benjamin Kaplan (UCL History):
Negotiating Religious Difference in Borderland Settings
  Dr François Guesnet (UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies):
Speaking for Religious Minorities: Jews and Protestants in the 18th century
  Prof Helen A Hackett (UCL English):
Seventeenth-century English Catholics at home and abroad – the case of the Aston Thimelby circle
6pm Roundtable Discussion:
Envisioning Religion & Society at a Global University
  Prof Albert Weale FBA (UCL School of Public Policy)
  Dr Charis Boutieri (Theology and Religious Studies, King's College)
  Dr François Guesnet (UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies)
  Chair: Dr Uta Staiger (UCL European Institute


Convener
:
Dr François Guesnet (UCL Hebrew and Jewish Studies)