A few weeks ago, the William Temple Foundation team were honoured to visit the London office of Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. A fascinating conversation captured Prof Calhoun’s thoughts on contemporary debates in religion and public life, as well as offering a chance to learn more about his background and his experiences as an eminent academic.
A series of videos capturing the conversation will be posted over the coming weeks, but for now, here is Prof Calhoun’s preview of his forthcoming keynote lecture on religion, government and the public good. The lecture will be delivered at ‘Reclaiming the Public Space: Archbishop William Temple 70th Anniversary Conference’ on Monday 10th November. Book tickets here.
The William Temple Foundation is part of a major new research network titled Re-imagining Religion and Belief for Public Policy and Practice. The AHRC funded interdisciplinary project will be managed by the William Temple Foundation’s Director of Research Dr Chris Baker, together with Prof Adam Dinham, Director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmith’s, University of London.
Re-imagining Religion and Belief for Public Policy and Practice will act as an important discussion and networking hub, bringing together a diverse range of key thinkers from around the globe to analysis the role and impact of religion and belief on public life and policy.
A series of interviews with global experts will be followed by an intensive three day colloquium to be held in May 2015. A series of presentations at centres of research into religion, belief and public policy including Melbourne, Ottawa, Boston and Helsinki will further develop and share the research. The project aims to generate new theories and cutting-edge research which will be shared with UK government, civil servants, local authorities, academia, think-tanks, and beyond.
Chris Baker said, ‘I’m very excited to be leading this major new network, together with Adam Dinham. Some of the world’s most cutting-edge thinkers will be consulted during the project. The network therefore, offers a unique and innovative new approach towards understanding the connections and interplay between religion and public policy, and the results of the project could have major impacts for both policy and practice.’
Re-imagining Religion and Belief for Public Policy and Practice will be officially launched in September 2014.