CRPL Seminar Series

We have a fortnightly seminar series where speakers from inside and outside the University of Leeds present current research on any aspect of religion that, in one way or another, intersects with public life locally, nationally or internationally. The seminars are open to all with an academic interest in the study of religion and public life.

Unless stated differently, seminars for the 2021/22 academic year will take place online via Microsoft Teams. All seminars will take place on a Thursday but the time may change in order to take into account the time zone of the presenter. Please see details below to see the specific time of each seminar. If you would like to join us for these seminars, please send an email request. In order to do this make sure to include specific seminar(s) that you wish to attend so the relevant link(s) can be sent through.

Seminars in Semester 2 (2021/22)

27 January 2022,m 11:30-13:00h: Prof. Nadine Bowers Du Toit, Stellenbosch University: “Decolonising development at grassroots? Challenges, risks and resources from a South African perspective”.

10 February 2022, 11:30-13:00h: Dr Sîan Hawthorne, SOAS University of London: “‘Treacherous with Old Magic’: When Religion and Gender are White”.

24 February 2022, 11:30-13:00h: Panel discussion about “Christianity and public life in Germany”. Panellists:
Prof Corinna Dahlgruen (University of Jena), Dr. Alexandra Dierks (military chaplain, German Air Force) and Dr. Andreas Ohlemacher (United Lutheran Church of Germany).

10 March 2022, 16:30-18:00h: Dr Nalika Gajaweera, University of Southern California: “Transforming the American Sangha: Understanding the Dynamics of Institutional Whiteness in North American Insight.”

24 March 2022, 11:30-13:00h: Dr Mikel Burley, University of Leeds: “Conceptual Decolonization and Conceptual Justice: Critically Examining Proposals from Kwasi Wiredu and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o”.

27 April 2022, 16:00-17:00h: seminar with Dr Brandon Gallaher about “Orthodox Theology, Russian Nationalism and the Invasion of Ukraine“.

5 May 2022, 11:30-13:00h: Dr Johnathan Jodamus, University of the Western Cape: “Between ‘Dad’s Army’ and Vulnerable Masculinities: Exploring 1 Corinthians 4:14-21 and 11:1 for ‘Redemptive Masculinities’.”

Seminars in Semester 1 (2021/22)

30 September 2021, 11:30-13:00: roundtable discussion with Dr CL Nash, Dr Jasjit Singh, and Prof. Emma Tomalin about “Theorising from the South: Why and How?” (on the basis of the text “Why the Epistemologies of the South?“, by Boaventura de Sousa Santos.

14 October 2021, 11:30-13:00: seminar with Dr Mmapula Diana Kebaneilwe, University of Botswana, about “Ravaged Bodies and Ravaged Earth: An Eco-womanist Reading of Numbers 35:33-34”.

28 October 2021, 16:30-18:00: inaugural lecture by Prof. Adriaan van Klinken, about “Reimagining Christianity and Sexual Diversity in Africa”.

11 November 2021, 11:30-13:00: seminar with Prof. S. Sayyid, University of Leeds, about “Islamism as Philosophy”.

25 November 20‘21, 11:30-13:00: Dr Joram Tarusarira, University of Groningen, about “Invoking the Sacred in Climate-induced Conflicts: An Intersectional Research Agenda”.

9 December 2021, 11:30-13:00: seminar with Dr Joseph Goh, Monash University (Malaysia), about “Gendering Spirituality and Spiritualising Gender: Identity Formations of Malaysian Transgender Men”.

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