Zutshi-Smith Symposium on the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (CORAB)

15 December 2016, 10.00 AM - 16 December 2016, 4.30 PM

The Marriot Hotel, College Green, Bristol


Registration 10.00 onwards

Session 1: 11.00 – 12.45

Professor Silvio Ferrari (University of Milan)

The transformations of freedom of religion and belief: reflecting on Europe today

Professor Grace Davie (University of Exeter)

‘Living with difference’: The wider context

Dr. Ed Kessler (Director, Woolf Institute and Vice-Chair, CORAB)

The message of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life including its reception amongst the Jewish community


Lunch 12.45 – 1.45

Session 2: 1.45 – 3.30

Professor Simon Lee (St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, The Open University and Queen's University, Belfast).

Picking sides and mixing metaphors: is faith in the public square really just the icing on the cake?

Frank Cranmer (Secretary at Churches' Legislation Advisory Service)

Reasonable accommodation for religion in employment and provision of services?

Dr. Russell Sandberg (Dr. Sharon Thompson, co-author) (Cardiff University).

The wider issues raised by religious tribunal


Tea 3.30 – 4pm

Session 3: 4.00 - 5.45

Professor Trevor Cooling (Canterbury Christ Church University)

Religion: problem or resource for the public space of education

Professor Adam Dinham (Goldsmiths)

Recovering religious literacy in schools, universities and workplaces? 

Rev Garry Neave (National FE and HE adviser, Church of England)

Decisions, Decisions – accommodating or cherishing faith and belief in universities and colleges?


Public Lecture: 6.00 – 7.00 Wills Memorial Building

Dr. Jon Cruddas, MP

The Common Good

Chaired by The Rt Hon Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss (Chair, CORAB).

Reception 7.00 – 8.00, Dinner 8.15pm



Session 4: 9.30 – 12.00

Dr. Jonathan Chaplin (Director, Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, Cambridge)

Living politically with religious difference: towards a ‘principled pluralism’

Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol and Steering Group, CORAB)

Equality for secular belief and minority faiths?

Dr. Prakash Shah (QMUL)

How Indian traditions fare in British religion and faith policy: The Hindu case

Robin Richardson (Editor of CORAB and Parekh Reports)

'Religion' and 'belief': allies, enemies or critical friends?


Lunch 12.00 – 12.45

Session 5: 12.45 – 2.30

Dr. Atif Imtiaz (Cambridge Muslim College)

The Trojan Horse affair.

Dr. Alison Mawhinney (Bangor University)

The law on collective school worship: the rationale then and now 

Andrew Copson (Chief Executive, The British Humanist Association and Member of CORAB)

Religion and belief in education


Session 6: 2.30 – 4.15

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson (Gresham College and Lokahi, Member, CORAB)

Religion and security

Professor Solange Lefebvre (Montreal)

National commissions on cultural and religious diversity: When reflective processes happen in parallel within several nation-states

Katharine Thane (Operations Director, All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief)

A practical agenda for action.


4.15pm Tea and Departures

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