Seminar 2: Community and Religion

Royal Holloway, University of London, 18 June 2008

How can state and sub-state organisations create and maintain social trust, community cohesion, public altruism, and social capital in diverse, multi-faith societies? How far do residential, educational, vocational and other axes of religious segregation erode social capital, and how can law, policy and institutional design counter-act this? Should local community initiatives build upon or bypass religious identities?

Convened by Dr Jonathan Seglow (Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Royal Holloway)

Participants include:

Mr Tony Breslin, Director, Citizenship Foundation

Prof. Michael Kenny, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield/Institute for Public Policy Research

Mr Jay Lakhani, Director of Hindu Council UK and Director of Vivekanand Centre

Dr Derek McGhee, Department of Sociology, University of Southampton

Prof. Peter Ratcliffe, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

Dr Henry Tam, Department of Communities and Local Goverment, UK Government/Birkbeck College, University of London and Universities of Tilburg

Dr Varun Uberoi, Department of Politics, University of Oxford

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