Belief and Beyond Belief Festival, Southbank Centre, London: Meaning for Atheists: What do Atheists Believe?

A panel of writers, atheists and religious leaders discuss the origins and underpinnings of atheism, including Nick Spencer, Director of Research at Theos Think Tank and author of a number of books, including Atheists: The Origin of the Species; Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy at Kent and co-editor of Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide; and Lois Lee, who is Research Fellow at the University of Kent and leads the Understanding Unbelief research programme. Her books include Recognising the Non-religious: Reimagining the Secular and The Oxford Dictionary of Atheism.

Time: Sunday, 22 January 2017

Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

(C) Ted Hodgkinson
(C) Lois Lee







This event was held as part of the Southbank Centre’s Belief and Beyond Belief festival, a yearlong exploration of  music, art, culture, science, philosophy, ritual and traditions that have risen out of religion in its many guises. Learn more about the festival and its full programme of events here…


SSNB Lecture Series: Jewish atheists in foxholes? Phenomenologies of violence and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Dr Stacey Gutkowski (Kings College London)

Time: 6pm, Wednesday 7 December 2016

Location: Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Main Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

SSNB Symposium, 1-2 Dec 2016

The SSNB symposium presented a series of events exploring current and future knowledge of so-called ‘unbelief’ from the perspectives of anthropology, psychology, sociology, media, policy and law.

SSNB Roundtable: Who cares about unbelief?

Rosie Dawson (BBC Religion and Ethics), Professor Peter Edge (School of Law, Oxford Brookes) and Dr Richard Flory (Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California)

Time: 4pm, Friday 2 December 2016

Location: Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY

NSRN Annual Lecture 2016: Is Atheism a Religion?

Dr Miguel Farias (Coventry University), Professor Christopher French (Goldsmiths College, University of London), Dr Jonathan Lanman (Queen’s University Belfast) and chaired by Dr Lois Lee (UCL)

Time: 6pm, Friday 2 December 2016

Location: Archaeology G6 Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY

SSNB Lecture Series: Evangelical and Tablighi Pioneers on Post-Atheist Frontiers

Dr Mathijs Pelkmans (LSE)

Time: 6pm, Thursday 1 December 2016

Location: IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

SSNB Lecture Series: What is a Human?  The American Public’s Views and the Impact on Human Rights

Professor John H. Evans (University of California)

Time: 6pm, Wednesday 9 November, 2016

Location: Garwood Lecture Theatre, South Wing (1st Floor), Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

SSNB Lecture Series: Does demography doom the religiously unaffiliated to decline?

Dr Conrad Hackett (Pew Research Center)

Discussants: Andrew Copson (British Humanist Association), and Professor David Voas (UCL Social Sciences)

Time: 5pm, Monday 12 September 2016

Location: Haldane Room, Wilkins Building, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Roundtable: Who cares about unbelief? Social, political and legal questions for the scientific study of nonreligious belief

Chaired by: Dr Lois Lee (UCL)

Time: 8.15am, Sunday 21 August 2016

Location: 78th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Seattle

SSNB Lecture Series: Rethinking the ‘Technological Sublime’: Wright’s Urban Planning and Secular Uses of Religion

Professor Courtney Bender (Columbia University)

Discussant: Dr Lois Lee, UCL

Time: 4.30-6.30pm, Tuesday 26 July 2016

Location: Council Room, School of Public Policy, UCL, Rubin Building, 29-30 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU

SSNB Lecture Series: Voices and Other Guiding Presences in the Emergence of Four Religious and Nonreligious Social Movements

Professor Ann Taves (University of California at Santa Barbara)

Discussant: Dr Miguel Farias, Coventry University

Time: 3-6pm, Monday 6 June 2016

Location: IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT


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