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Exploring Faith in Post Secular Societies


What the Forum is about?

The Forum will explore the impact of the current ‘post secular’ era (including the global return to organized religion, renewed interest in esoteric spirituality, and the resurgence of fundamentalism) on culture, society, and academic and public debates. The Forum seeks to connect researchers of various disciplines with students and non-academic groups, including faith-based communities and organisations, and those of no faith.

Who is organising the Forum and why?

The Forum is organised by two members of staff at the University of Warwick: Dr James Hodkinson in German Studies and Dr Elisabeth Arweck in the Centre for Education Studies. Their aim is to extend the reach of debate about religion(s) in contemporary society by bringing together colleagues who have an interest in matters religious and individuals and groups whose perspectives of religion(s) is not primarily academic, taking an approach that is related to the everyday lived religion and encounter with religion. The underlying intention is that the two sets of participants have much to offer each other, but need to be brought together to explore this.

What are the Forum's key objectives?

The forum will involve several keynote presentations by academics, educationalists and others on matters relating to religion in contemporary society, education, academic research, media, and local and national government. Delegates will then be asked to participate in group discussions centering on themes that are of interest and relevance to them. It is hoped that the Forum will establish new working relationships and pave the way for future cross-sector projects and collaborations, in a way which binds together and benefits all: examples might be community projects, arts festivals, interfaith activity, and projects connecting universities, schools and colleges.

Where will the Forum take place?

The Forum will be held at the Scarman conference centre on the Warwick University campus. It will take place on 18 May, beginning at 10:30 am and finishing towards 3 pm.

What does Attendance Cost?

Refreshments and lunch will be provided free of charge. There will be no registration fee. Parking at Scarman is free. You only need to meet travel expenses.


Places are strictly limited to around fifty people, so early booking is recommended, and a firm commitment is asked of all particpants. To secure places , please download and fill in the application form here and return it by email to:

j dot r dot hodkinson at warwick dot ac dot uk

or by post (see instructions on the form) by the extended deadline of Monday May 9, 2016.

Confirmed attendees will receive further details of the programme and directions nearer the time.

We look forward to hearing from you and are happy to answer any queries relating to the event!

James Hodkinson and Elisabeth Arweck.