University of Liverpool Workshop

The Humanities and Lived Religion: Philosophy, Religious Studies and the Impact Agenda

A One-Day Workshop at the University of Liverpool

Thursday 9th May 2013

Venue: School of the Arts Library, 19 Abercromby Square, University of Liverpool (map)


Speakers: Mikel Burley (University of Leeds), Rebecca Catto (University of Coventry), Mathew Clark (Regent’s Theological College), Andrew Crompton (University of Liverpool), Fern Elsdon-Baker (University of Coventry), Graham Harvey (Open University), Chris Hewson (University of Manchester), Liam Jones (Independent), Elena Kalmykova (University of Birmingham), Jolyon Mitchell (University of Edinburgh), Katharine Sarah Moody (University of Liverpool), John Reader (Ironstone Benefice) with a public lecture by Roger Trigg (University of Oxford)

Full programme available here


The event is free and open to all (the public and academics).

TO REGISTER: email daniel.whistler[at] with you name, affiliation, dietary and motility requirements. Lunch is provided.


This one-day workshop is the first in a series for the Philosophy and Religious Practices research network, funded by the AHRC under their Connected Communities programme, organised by the University of Liverpool, University of Chester, Liverpool Hope University and religious organisations in the North-West.

This initial workshop will discuss possible models and ways of thinking about the impact that research on religion in the Humanities has on religious practitioners, as well as, conversely, the ways in which practitioners impact research in the academy. Central will be the following themes:

  • The state of research on religion in the UK and its social impact
  • The contribution philosophy of religion can make to contemporary research on religion
  • Methods for measuring the impact of research on religion, and of Humanities research on religion in particular
  • The relationship between philosophy of religion and other Humanities disciplines, especially religious studies and practical or applied theology
  • The concepts of ‘material religion’ and ‘lived religion’, and their relationship to the philosophy of religion
  • The possibility of a philosophy of material, lived or everyday religion



The aim of the network as a whole is to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners and other researchers on religion, in order to make the work of philosophers of religion more relevant to the contemporary research agenda. It hopes to model ways in which philosophy of religion can interact more fruitfully with theology and the social sciences in the future, so as to promote a holistic conception of research on religion. Future events include:

Tuesday 25th June 2013

Buddhism and Human Flourishing

A one-day workshop at the University of Chester

Wednesday 18th September 2013

Peace and Peacebuilding: Religious and Philosophical Reflections on Social Flourishing

A one-day workshop at Liverpool Hope University

8th – 9th April 2014

Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy

A two-day international conference at the University of Chester


2 responses

17 02 2013
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18 04 2013

As in many if these organised ‘meetings’, I might be interested, only if there is significant and sensitively facilitated interaction.

Personally, I consider it a bad sign, that (the extent to which it is just either ‘lectures’ by self important, or ‘highly acclaimed’ individuals, as opposed to attempting to create a ‘true’ connection without any implicit or explicit ‘raising up’ of any individual), has not been stated.

In other words, it is not the stated ‘subject matter’ which is the most important aspect of the meeting, but the type of meeting and the type of interaction – which has not been stated at all.

Therefore, I personally do not have sufficient knowledge about the type of meeting – which to me is the most relevant information – to know whether or not I might be interested.

For example, there is a tremendous difference between – Sitting in a circle, having a relaxing interaction – or – being allowed to quickly ask one question to a ‘prestigious’ speaker at the end of a lecture.

You can call it anything you like – a Conference, a Workshop etc.

I’m not interested in the name – I want to know what type of meeting it will be

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