Religious Diversity and Cultural Change in Scotland: Modern Perspectives

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 at 09:45 – Edinburgh. Free, but needs to be booked:

A one day conference organised by the Scottish Religious Cultures Network with support by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, School of Divinity (University of Edinburgh), Centre for Theology and Public Issues, Edinburgh.



9.45-10.00: Introduction: Dr Leah Robinson and Dr Steven Sutcliffe

10-10.45 Keynote

Professor Callum Brown (Glasgow): ‘The Humanist Condition: How the West was Re-moralised for Atheism’

10.45-11 Coffee

11-12.30 Panel One: Expressions of Popular and New Religion

Dr Leah Robinson (Edinburgh): ‘God on our Side? Theological Understandings of Scottish Soldiers at War’

Dr Steven Sutcliffe (Edinburgh): ‘ “I think he is a Tolstoyan”: Dugald Semple, Food Reform and Conscientious Objection in World War I and after’

Dr George Chryssides (York St John): ‘A New Religion in an Old Country: How Scotland shaped the Jehovah’s Witnesses’

12.30-1.30 Lunch (bring your own)

1.30-3 Panel Two: Cultural Change and Established Traditions

Dr Marion Bowman (Open University):‘“Walking Back to Happiness?” Renegotiating Protestant Pilgrimage’

Dr Khadijah Elshayyal (Edinburgh): ‘Muslims in Scotland: new findings from the 2011 Census’

Dr Hannah Holtschneider (Edinburgh): ‘Interpreting Jewish migration to Scotland’

3-3.15: Tea

3.15-4.45: Panel Three: New Discourses

Christopher Cotter (Lancaster): ‘Discourse, (Non-)Religion, and Locality: Religion-Related Discourses in Edinburgh’s Southside’

Krittika Bhattacharjee (Edinburgh): ‘The everyday life of a visitor spot: the place of the ‘special’ on the island of Iona’

Liam Sutherland (Edinburgh): ‘ “One Nation, Many Faiths”: Banal Nationalism, Religious Pluralism and Public Space in Scottish Interfaith Literature’

4.45/5 closing comments

Dr Scott Spurlock (Glasgow/SRCN)

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