Who cares about unbelief?
Rosie Dawson, BBC Religion and Ethics
Professor Peter Edge, School of Law, Oxford Brookes University
Dr Richard Flory, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian
Dr Judith Everington, Associate Professor, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick
Hosted by UCL IAS Secularity and Secularism Studies
(discussion followed by a drinks reception)
Recent years have seen rapidly growing scholarly interest in ‘unbelief’ and ‘unbelievers’, and in those who do not affiliate with a religion – often referred to as ‘the nones’. As scholarly engagement grows and diversifies, this roundtable asks: what are the social and political questions and issues that scholarship in this field stands to contribute to?
A panel of expert speakers working in media, education, policy and law will explore the interest and challenges surrounding ‘unbelief’ and ‘unbelievers’ when it comes to politics, legislation, civil society, community and public life. What is it that practitioners working in these fields need to know about ‘unbelief’ and ‘unbelievers’? What are the questions that non-academic audiences want answered? What are the burning topics and pressing needs that the burgeoning scientific study of unbelief and nonreligion could – and sometimes should – target in its work?
Chair: Dr Lois Lee, UCL
The 'Who cares about unbelief?' roundtable is one of two events convened by Secularity and Secularism Studies (SSS), UCL as part of the Scientific Study of Nonreligious Belief project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The first roundtable was held as a plenary session at the Association for the Sociology of Religion conference in Seattle, in August 2016. A summary of both roundtables will be published on the UCL website for the Scientific Study of Nonreligious Belief website.
The NSRN Annual Lecture: Is atheism a religion? follows the drinks reception.
For further information or to register for this event, please click here.
Date and Time
Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square