The CRPL has 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 indicated otherwise, seminars take place on Wednesdays 1-2pm, in the Botany house seminar room (1.03) on campus.

27 September 2017: Dr Mikel Burley (Leeds), “Blood, Transgression and Divine Possession in Assamese Goddess Worship”.

11 October 2017: Cancelled

25 October 2017: David Harrison (University of Leeds), “Yemeni, Muslim and Scouse: Constructions of a British-Arab Diaspora Identity”.

8 November 2017: Dr Krzysztof Nawratek (University of Sheffield), “The Wholly Other and Speculations on Emancipatory Spatial Hierarchies (Reading Rudolf Otto’s ‘The Idea of the Holy’ from Architectural Perspective)”.

22 November 2017: Dr Jasjit Singh (University of Leeds), “The Idea, Context, Framing and Realities of ‘Sikh Radicalisation’ in Britain”.

6 December 2017: Presentations of research project plans by students in MA Religion and Public Life

10 January 2018: Dr Caroline Fielder (East Asian Studies, University of Leeds): “Who do they think they are? The changing faces of contemporary Chinese Christianities”.

25 January 2018, 5-7pm: Joint CRPL and LUCAS African Studies seminar with Prof Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University) on “Studying Religion in and from Africa”.

7 February 2018: Hollie Gowan (University of Leeds), “The Pursuit of Happiness’: a study of women working in ‘Religiously-Inspired Charitable Organisations’ (RICOs) and their search for social change in contemporary China”.

21 February 2018: Dr Karen O’Donnell (University of Durham)