BRITISH ACADEMY CONFERENCE
Defending the Faith: Religious and Secularist Apologetics in Twentieth-Century Politics
Thursday & Friday, 21 & 22 September 2017, 9.30am - 5.00pm
Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
Professor Todd Weir, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Professor Benjamin Ziemann, University of Sheffield
Professor Hugh McLeod FBA, University of Birmingham
This conference brings together scholars of Europe, North America and Asia for a comparative exploration of the struggles between secularist ideologies and religious faiths over the past century. Participants will approach the dynamic effects of these struggles by focussing on ‘apologetics’, i.e. the discourses, strategies and institutions deployed by religious and secularist actors on the front lines to articulate the faith and defend against the enemy. From the futurology of HG Wells to Cold War evangelicalism to the interaction between Buddhists, Christians and the Communist Chinese state, apologetics will be investigated as a crucible for political ideas and site of interaction across ideological boundaries.
Dr Uta Balbier, King's College London
Professor Peter Bowler, FBA, Queen's University, Belfast
Professor Callum Brown, University of Glasgow
Dr Miriam Dobson, University of Sheffield
Professor Udi Greenberg, Dartmouth College
Dr Peter Itzen, University of Freiburg/Breisgau
Dr Nathan Kurz, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck College London
Professor Sonja Luehrmann, Simon Fraser University
Professor John Milbank, University of Nottingham
Professor Samuel Moyn, Harvard University
Dr John Pollard, Cambridge University
Professor Tariq Ramadan, University of Oxford
Professor Gerd Rainer Horn, Sciences Po, Paris
Professor Victoria Smolkin, Wesleyan University
Professor Dan Smyer Yu, Yunnan Minzu University
Professor Todd Weir, University of Groningen
Professor Molly Worthen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
A registration fee is payable in advance at the time of booking: £95 for attending both days; £50 for attending one day.
There are reduced fees for the unwaged/retired and for undergraduate and postgraduate students: £36 for attending both days; £20 for attending one day.
Cancellations must be sent to email@example.com by Monday, 11 September 2017. After this date the registration fee will not be refundable, however substitutions will be accepted.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days. Vegetarian options will be provided for lunch. Please state on the registration form if you have any special dietary requirements; if you are registering after 11 September 2017, please email your dietary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org.