Religion, Discrimination and Accommodation: the Role of the State in a Multi-Faith Society

Seminar, Public Policy Unit, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University
Seminar Room C, Manor Road Building, University of Oxford
9 January, 2008

Provisional Programme
Session 1: The State and Recognition of Religion

9.30 – 9.45 Welcome

9.45 – 11.15 The role of the state in a multi-faith society I
• Simon Barrow, Co-Director, Ekklesia
• Jon Benjamin, Chief Executive, Board of Deputies of British Jews
• Yahya Birt, Research Fellow, Islamic Foundation, Leicester, and Director of the City Circle

11.15 – 11.45 Tea and coffee

11.45 – 1.15 The role of the state in a multi-faith society II
• Andrew Copson, Education Officer, British Humanist Association
• Mejindarpal Kaur, Director, United Sikhs
• Charles Wookey, Assistant General Secretary, Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

1.15 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 3.00 ‘Religion and liberalism’
Professor Susan Mendus, Department of Politics, University of York

3.00-4.0 ‘Religion and identity’
Professor Tariq Modood, Deaprtment of Sociology, University of Bristol

4.00-4.30 Tea and coffee

4.30-5.30 ‘What, for public purposes, should count as a religion?’
Professor Eileen Barker, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, LSE

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Acknowledgement: This seminar is funded jointly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).