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Religious Diversity and Cultural Change in Scotland: Modern Perspectives

9.45-10.00: Introduction: Dr Leah Robinson and Dr Steven Sutcliffe

10-10.45 Keynote Professor Callum Brown (Glasgow): ‘The Humanist Condition: How the West was Re-moralised for Atheism’

10.45-11 Coffee

11-12.30 Panel One: Expressions of Popular and New Religion

  • Dr Leah Robinson (Edinburgh): ‘God on our Side? Theological Understandings of Scottish Soldiers at War’
  • Dr Steven Sutcliffe (Edinburgh): ‘ “I think he is a Tolstoyan”: Dugald Semple, Food Reform and Conscientious Objection in World War I and after’
  • Dr George Chryssides (York St JohnYork St John UniversityYork St John University): ‘A New Religion in an Old Country: How Scotland shaped the Jehovah’s Witnesses’

12.30-1.30 Lunch (bring your own)

1.30-3 Panel Two: Cultural Change and Established Traditions

  • Dr Marion Bowman (Open University):‘Walking Back to Happiness’
  • Dr Khadijah Elshayyal (Edinburgh): ‘Muslims in Scotland: new findings from the 2011 Census’
  • Dr Hannah Holtschneider (Edinburgh): ‘Interpreting Jewish migration to Scotland’ Interpreting Jewish migration to Scotland’?

3-3.15: Tea

3.15-4.45: Panel Three: New Discourses

  • Christopher Cotter (Lancaster): ‘Discourse, (Non-)Religion, and Locality: Religion-Related Discourses in Edinburgh’s Southside’
  • Krittika Bhattacharjee (Edinburgh): ‘The everyday life of a visitor spot: the place of the ‘special’ on the island of Iona’
  • Liam Sutherland (Edinburgh): ‘ “One Nation, Many Faiths”: Banal Nationalism, Religious Pluralism and Public Space in Scottish Interfaith Literature’

4.45/5 closing comments Dr Scott Spurlock (Glasgow/SRCN)