Picture by (C) Ted Hodgkinson


Upcoming events

30 April 2019

Exploring Belief

At the 2nd annual Religion in the Media festival in London Understanding Unbelief researchers and collaborators Dr Lois Lee, Dr Rachael Shillitoe and Sanderson Jones will lead a session on the mainstage on the work of the programme.

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28-30 May 2019

Cultures of Unbelief

As the global population of religious ‘unbelievers’ continues to grow, the Cultures of Unbelief conference brings together leading academics, leaders of religious and nonreligious groups, journalists, educators and many others to understand what it really means to be a religious ‘unbeliever’. Cultures of Unbelief will explore how ‘unbelievers’ engage with religion, their diverse existential, metaphysical and moral beliefs, and prospects for dialogue and collaboration between believers and unbelievers.

Cultures of Unbelief also marks three significant anniversaries in the academic study of ‘unbelief’: the 50th anniversary of the Vatican’s pioneering ‘Culture of Unbelief’ conference in 1969; the 10th anniversary of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network’s (NSRN) 1st conference (Oxford University, 2009); and, the work of the landmark $3m research programme, Understanding Unbelief, funded by the John Templeton Foundation (University of Kent, 2017-20).

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17 June 2019

Religious Unbelief in Life Story Interviews

Oral historian Dr Paul Merchant will talk about his Understanding Unbelief project at the British Library, exploring the nature and diversity of unbelief and tips and tools for finding very particular material in large collections of audio archives.

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