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, all seminars will take place from 11.30am-1pm in Seminar Room 1.03, Botany House at Leeds University. Please contact Research Intern, Hollie Gowan at if you have any queries about attending upcoming seminars.

Seminars in Semester 2 of 2019-2020

Tuesday 21 January: Dr Benjamin Wood (Visiting research fellow, University of Leeds): Reading E.M Forster in the Culture Wars: Augustinian Politics and Protecting the Greenwood.

Thursday 30 January: Dr Benjamin Kirby (University of Leeds): Neighbourhoods as religious actors: horizons of Muslim urbanism in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Thursday 13 February: Professor Matthew Guest (Durham University): Anxiety and Stigma in the Lives of Muslim Students: How the ‘Radicalisation’ Narrative Shapes Higher Education in Britain.

Thursday 27 February: Professor Martin Seeger (University of Leeds): Buddhist performing arts: gender, allegory, and female authorship in modern Thai Buddhism.

Thursday 12 March: Anthea Colledge (University of Leeds): Constructing Mad Theology: Suffering and Altered Moods.

Thursday 26 March: Professor Simon Robinson (Leeds Beckett University): The Duty of Candour: does Theology have a contribution? 

Thursday 7 May: Dr Mustapha Sheikh (University of Leeds): Making the Hijra from Islamic Studies to Critical Muslim Studies. 

Seminars in Semester 1 of 2019-2020

Tuesday 10 September: Dr Emily Colgan (Trinity Theological College, Aotearoa, New Zealand): “Let Him Romance You”: Rape Culture and Gender Violence in Evangelical Christian Self-Help Literature.

Thursday 3 October: Dr Valeriya Gazizova (University of Cambridge): Secret lamas’ of the Soviet era as a locus of public worship in provincial ‘Asian Russia.

Thursday 17 October: Dr Abel Ugba (University of Leeds): The Creative Appropriation of Divine Healing by Pentecostal Africans in a ‘secular’ Britain.

Thursday 31 October: Dr Suzanne Owen (Leeds Trinity University): Loss and Reconciliation: The extinction of the Beothuk in Newfoundland.

Thursday 14 November: Dr Chris Greenough (Edge Hill University): Queer Methodologies in the Study of Religion: Resistance, Rupture and Risk.

Thursday 28 November: Dr Stefan Skrimshire (University of Leeds): The Religion of Extinction Rebellion.

Thursday 12 December: Professor David Clough (University of Chester): The Christian Ethics of Farmed Animal Welfare.

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