Getting Religion – Challenging religious illiteracy in a time of global uncertainty

Getting Religion – Challenging religious illiteracy in a time of global uncertainty

6 January 2015
12noon – 4pm (starting with a buffet lunch)
Portcullis House, near Westminster Bridge, Bridge Street, Westminster, London SW1A 2LW

This a joint Lapido Media and Open University consultation, supported by the Research Councils UK Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research.

The final event in a wide-ranging consultation on the role of religion in current conflicts and violence. Reductionist discourse bedevils any attempt to improve national and international security. How might we improve the conversation about the potential for religion to both improve and destroy security? And what should the media do about it?


There is a growing awareness that governments cannot tackle the problems now besetting the world with only a poor grasp of their religious dimension. The event will include the public launch of the results of our year-long analysis of current university research thinking around issues of religion and security. With a particular focus on the media and conflict reportage, we are pleased that Caroline Wyatt, formerly BBC Defence and now Religion Correspondent, has agreed to moderate the event. Our eminent panellists will help us scope our present predicament from within several disciplines.

This major event will be hosting jointly with LAPIDO MEDIA for whom it will be their first Annual Consultation on Religious Literacy in World Affairs. It is supported by the RCUK Partnership for Security, Crime and Research. Many thanks to our sponsors John Glen, MP (Conservative) and Dai Havard, MP (Labour) on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Uncertainties.

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