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Why we post: a global perspective on social media

How do people use social media in different parts of the world, and what are the implications? Professor Daniel Miller explains what a team of anthropologists found by sending 15 months each in nine small towns all over the world, comparing social media use. You can engage with their research through a variety of free online resources including UCL’s first massive open online course (MOOC) starting on 29th February, a series of open access books published by UCL Press, and a short video.
25 November 2015
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Starts: Nov 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Cameron - Banning Milk and Cheese

Pablo Echenique is one of the five Podemos members elected to the European Parliament in 2014, and currently running for parliament in the upcoming Spanish general election. On Monday 26 October, he was scheduled to talk at the UCL European Institute, however the event had to be cancelled when he ran into difficulties at the UK Border. Here, he explains the full story…
2 November 2015
Pablo Echenique

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Flights from Freedom

Eva Hoffman, former editor of The New York Times and Visiting Professor at the UCL European Institute, asks what propels individuals to turn to extremist movements and argues that we need to build a ‘culture of democracy’ with shared norms and ethics.
22 October 2015
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Starts: Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Negotiating Religion 3

Publication date: Oct 10, 2011 10:16 AM

Start: Mar 07, 2012 12:00 AM
End: Mar 07, 2012 12:00 AM

Workshop 3: Negotiating Religion in Urban Space

7 March 2012

Workshop 3: Negotiating Religion in Urban Space

7 March 2012

Chadwick G08
UCL Main Campus

Image: 'Backyard' by Liz Hingley

Religion 3

Workshop 3: Negotiating Religion in Urban Space

This workshop investigates the spatial incorporation of religious communities in the city both in the form of the material urban environment, for example in the presence of religious buildings and other faith spaces, and in  everyday urban cultures, practices and politics.

Questions which were explored in this workshop included: How are new religious buildings incorporated into contemporary urban spaces? What continuities are there with the emergence of religious architecture in earlier times? What significance do religious buildings and other markers in the urban landscape have for different religious communities? How are existing and new forms of religious spatial practice (processions, festivals, pilgrimage) incorporated into the urban environment? What kinds of transformations of urban space are produced by religious spatial practices? What role do faith groups play in the making and remaking of urban spaces?


11am-1pm: Session 1: Negotiating Religion in Urban Space: New Faith Spaces
Speakers Professor John Eade (Roehampton University/Migration Research Unit, UCL)
Religious Place-Making and Migration across a Globalising City: Responding to Mobility in London
  Ali Mangera (Mangera Yvars Architectural Practice)
Designing faith spaces in the city: The Salaam Centre, North Harrow
  Dr Richard Gale (School of City and Regional Planning, Department of Cardiff)
‘...make your dwellings into places of worship': mosque development and the politics of place and residence in the UK'
  Dr Andrew Crompton (School of Architecture, University of Liverpool)
Multi-faith spaces: a universal interface to God
Chair Dr Claire Dwyer (UCL Geography and Migration Research Unit)
2-3.45pm Session 2: Negotiating Faith in Urban Space: Continuity and Practice
Speakers Dr Nazneen Ahmed (Compass, University of Oxford)
Making Muslim Space on the London Docks: Lascar Seafarers' Faith Practices, 1880-1945
  Liz Hingley  (Leverhulme Artist in Residence, Migration Research Unit, UCL)
Under gods: stories from Soho Road, Birmingham
  Dr Claire Dwyer (Department of Geography and Migration Research Unit, UCL)
Faith and Suburbia: secularisation, modernity and the changing geographies of religion in London’s suburbs
  Dr David Garbin (CRONEM, University of Surrey)
Diaspora, suburban Christianity and the American ‘New South’: African migrant churches in Atlanta
Chair Professor John Eade (Roehampton/UCL)
3.45-4pm Break
4-6pm Panel: Negotiating Faith in Urban Space: Politics and Praxis
Panelists Dr John Zavos, (South Asian Studies, University of Manchester)
Small Acts, Big Society: Sewa and Hindu (nationalist) identity in the UK
  Dr Luke Bretherton (Faith and Public Policy Forum, Kings College London)
Community Organising, Religious Pluralism and Democratic Citizenship
  David Garbin (CRONEM, University of Surrey) and Enrico Masi (University of Bologna, Italy)
Soldiers of God in the Global City (Video Documentary)

Dr Claire Dwyer (UCL Geography)

For further information on the individual sessions or the series as a whole, please contact: Dr François Guesnet or Dr Uta Staiger.

Previous workshops

23 November 2011
Workshop 1: European Legacies, European Challenges This first workshop addressed the history of religious conflict and accommodation, and gauged the impact of religious skepticism and secularization in Europe.
More detail and programme HERE.

10 February 2012
Workshop 2: Accommodating Religious Communities in Contemporary Europe - Constitutional and Philosophical Dimensions

This workshop examined the character of the contemporary European state in its relation with religions and religious pluralism, and the general policies developed by states to address religious affairs.
Details and programme HERE.

The series is coordinated by the European Institute and UCL's Research Initiative Religion and Society (supported by the Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction).

Throughout, the organisers hope to engage UCL's community in a discussion about what London's global university could or should contribute to a reflection of these issues as a leading institution in research and in higher education, and as an academic community.