Religion Now! Seminar Series

What is it?

Once each month, on a Tuesday evening, a speaker from the world of Religion and/or Religious Education will be invited to share with us the wisdom derived from their research. Each one may be from a different angle: Cognitive Science, Queer Theology, Textual study, Religion in Media, RE policy. Speakers may be researchers from other universities, teacher practitioners, faith leaders and our own staff and research students. We are interested in critically analysing both religion and education as contemporary lived phenomena. As a Faculty of Education, we are engaged in working at the interface of research and practice. The series aims to inspire, stretch and motivate serving teachers, our students, and hopefully each one of us that participates. Typically, the seminar will involve a lecture of around 40 minutes and then discussion of 20 minutes, from 5-6pm. Prior to this, from 4.30, refreshments will be served in the Education Piazza building, allowing those attending to meet up and informally share experiences.

Our previous recorded seminars can be viewed below:


Dr Yazeed Said – Religion and politics in Isreal/Palestine: A critical reading of Christian Zionism

Dr Caroline Starkey – Why Buddhism? British Women’s Narratives of Religious Conversion

Dr Karamat Iqbal – ‘British Pakistani Boys in Birmingham’


All welcome:

This is open to all! It is expected that students on undergraduate or post-graduate courses in Religion and/or Religious Education will attend to enable them to broaden their educational experience. Students from other subjects will be welcome too, as will staff from the University and we hope that we may attract interested members of the public.

The sessions have been deliberately timed so that colleagues working in schools, in RE departments, or beyond, will be able to attend. This will be valuable CPD, and with alumni, mentors and other teaching staff attending will strengthen our partnership.

View our flyer here.

Speakers and timetable:

***Please note information regarding seminars for academic year 2020-21 will be posted below. For reference only, the sessions that were organised last year please can be viewed by clicking on 2019-20 Speakers and timetable ***

Registration and bookings:





    Please note that some of our seminars may be filmed/ photographed.

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