RASEN closing

August 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Hi folks

A wee note that I’ll be closing this – all too quiet – blog at the start of the coming academic year. All best wishes to everyone.



The Religious Life of Scotland today: Insights from the 2011 Census

November 7, 2013 § Leave a comment


Thursday November 21st, 12.30pm – 2pm

19 George Square, Room G2
The Religious Life of Scotland Today: Insights from the 2011 Census, with Amy Wilson (Head of Census Statistics at the National Records of Scotland), and comment from Dr Michael Rosie (Department of Sociology), Prof Paul Weller (Professor of Inter-Religious Relations, University of Derby), and Prof Hugh Goddard (Director of the Alwaleed Centre). Organised by the Alwaleed Centre, http://www.alwaleed.ed.ac.uk

All welcome.

Narratives of Conversion: female perspectives

October 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Monday 21 October 2013, 6.30pm8pm

Chrystal Macmillan Building, Seminar Room 1, George Square, Edinburgh

A special conversation event reflecting on a landmark report exploring female conversion to Islam in the UK published by the Alwaleed Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.
Featuring Project Leader Professor Yasir Suleiman, Laura Winterton (University of Edinburgh, Social Anthropology) and members of the project’s focus groups.

Scotland’s Census 2011

September 26, 2013 § 1 Comment

Headline data on Religion (amongst other things) now available:



Paul Weller seminar: religion and the Census

September 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Less Christian, More Secular, and More Multi-Faith? Contestation and Interpretation Around the 2011 Census and Religious Statistics.

Paul Weller (Professor of Inter-Religious Relations,University of Derby, and member of the UK Office for National Statistics Academic Advisory Board for the 2011 Census questions on Ethnicity, Identity, Language and Religion), with a response by Amy Wilson (Senior Statistician, Census Division of the National Records
of Scotland).

Tuesday 10th September, 1 – 2.30 pm, Room G2, 19 George Square

The UK government Office for National Statistics (ONS) administers a census questionnaire every ten years. The purpose is to provide data to inform decisions about policy and resource allocation. In 2001,for the first time in its 150-year history, the census contained a question about religious identity. That question was repeated, with a slight variation, in 2011 and results are prompting debate and discussion amongst academics, religious leaders, faith groups,non-religious groups and various other interested parties.  This seminar will provide comment on the data about religion which is available so far, and will be of interest to scholars in anthropology, geography, history, philosophy, practical theology, psychology, religious studies, sociology and social policy, who are interested from both empirical and theoretical viewpoints, and members of different faith communities.


Seminar: Religious Symbolism in the Workplace

March 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Friday 8th March, 2013

4.00 – 5.30 pm, Lorimer Room, Old College, University of Edinburgh.

Mark Hill QC (Hon. Professor, Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University):

“Religious Symbolism and Conscientious Objection in the Workplace: an Evaluation of Strasbourg’s Judgment in Eweida and others v United Kingdom”.

[Alwaleed Centre / Centre for Law and Society]

Geography seminar: 12 December

November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Institute of Geography seminar series

Timothy Oakes, University of Colorado
Faiths on Display: Religion, Tourism, and the Chinese State
12 December at 3.30, Old Library, Drummond Street

(Followed by wine and nibbles)  All Welcome.

Tim is a cultural geographer who works in China on themes related to cultural industries, development, tourism and situated identities within the broader Chinese context.