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VHI-BISA Workshops

A series of workshops on “Faith, Governance and Public Policy” jointly funded with the BISA working group on Religion, Security and International Relations

Workshop 1: What is the role of faith based actors?

A workshop on 'Faith, Governance and Public Policy' jointly organised by the VHI and the BISA working group on Religion Security and IR


On Friday 21 March 2014 from 1.15 pm - Venue: The Garden Room, St Edmund's College, Cambridge

This workshop intends to facilitate a frank conversation and an exchange of experiences and information between academics of all levels of seniority and practitioners (e.g. policy makers, civil society actors, and ‘faith representatives’, for lack of a better definition) around the relationship between religion and politics with a concrete public policy focus. Participants are deliberately drawn from different backgrounds and will not necessarily be all experts of public policy or religion. It is important though that they share a common concern with understanding or analysing or facilitating human coexistence and global order (whether from a religious perspective or not) and are intellectually open to discussing what is the relevance of religion in all this. We start from the assumption that despite coming from the most diverse walks of life and working within different parameters, all participants will have been involved in thinking about or responding to major policy challenges that affect different equilibria and levels of human security, domestically or globally.

BisaWorkshop2To emphasise the dialogic spirit of this endeavour, the workshop is intended as a round table conversation, where the role of the guest speakers is simply that of providing brief starting points for collectively tacking the questions under consideration. So, there will be no divide between speakers and audience as all participants are expected to equally engage in the conversation. We hope with this effort to contribute to a critical reflection on how better to understand, both conceptually and in practice, whether and in what ways religion and faith-based actors can be relevant to addressing key questions that emerge in governance and public policy and what synergies with secular institutions exist or could be developed.

Jointly organised and co-sponsored by the Von Hügel Institute (VHI) in Cambridge and the working group on Religion, Security and International Relations of the British International Studies Association, this event is both part of the VHI initiatives of religion and governance and is also the first of a series of three workshops on Faith, Governance and Public Policy of this BISA working group. The next events will tackle the sub-themes of migration (London, 2 April) and the ethics of war (Edinburgh, 16-17 June). For more information contact the working group convenors Dr Sara Silvestri and Rev. Rosemary Durward.

PROGRAMME

START TIME: 1.45 for 2pm (with registration open from 1.15pm) arrival, registration and sandwich lunch for speakers

2pm: WELCOME and SESSION ONE

-       Thinking beyond institutional frameworks regulating church-state relation, what place is there in public policy for engaging with religious values, identities, and/or faith-based actors?

-  In what ways, if at all, can religion offer something valuable for addressing key challenges in global governance?

-       what criteria are followed for listening to and incorporating the concerns of faith-based groups (if at all)?

Chair: Prof. John Loughlin (VHI, Cambridge)

Speakers (max 10mins each):

- Prof. Andrew Gamble (University of Cambridge)
- Mr Francis Campbell (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
- Prof. Peter Willetts (City University London)


2.30-3.05pm: Conversation with all participants on basis of initial remarks by guest speakers and guide questions

3.05-3.15pm: coffee break

3.15pm: SESSION TWO

-       In what ways have secular and religious actors (i.e. individuals, religious orders, NGOs and also state and international institutions) been able to mobilise and collaborate on shared issues of concern in global governance and public policy?

-       How do they converge or diverge in their approaches?

-       In what ways have the FBO present in this workshop contributed to policy developments in relevant fields?

-       What difficulties and what successes have they encountered?

Chair: Rev. Rosemary Durward (King’s College, London)
Guest speakers (about 10mins each):

- Fr David Glenday (Secretary General, Union of Superior Generals)
- Ms Louise Zanre (director Jesuit Refugee Service)
- Ms Michelle Gyeney (Islamic Relief representative)


3.45-4.20: roundtable discussion including all participants, starting from questions and remarks above


4.20-4.30: Chair: Dr Sara Silvestri (City University London & VHI)

General discussion on

- What can we draw from this discussion that can inform our pol.science/IR understandings of religion?

- What is the relevance of religion and faith-based actors for addressing key challenges in governance and public policy?

4.30pm: Final remarks and conclusions

4.40pm: departure

Attendance is free but you must register in advance as there is a limit to the number of participants that the room and the format of this workshop can accommodate. Members of the British International Studies Association and doctoral students will have a priority in the registration. There is a small number of bursaries available to support the travel of doctoral students who are members of BISA and whose research is relevant to the discussion.  For information please contact Dr Sara Silvestri.

To register please write to the VHi research administrator: Ms .

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Workshop 2: The challenge of cultural and religious diversity

A workshop on 'Faith Governance and Public Policy' jointly organised by the Von Hügel Institute and the BISA working group on Religion Security and IR


On Wednesday 2 July - Venue: Alison Richards Building Room S2, 7 West Road, Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Programme

10:45 - Arrival & registration

11:00 - Prof. John Loughlin (VHI, Cambridge), Welcome

PANEL 1: Policy Challenges

11:05 - Dr Sara Silvestri (City Univ. London and Cambridge) "Convergences and divergences in attitudes to religious and cultural diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean region"

11:20 - Mr Warwick Hawkins (Department for Culture, formerly at DCLG) "British government policies of engagement with faith-based actors"

11:35 - Prof.Maleiha Malik (King's College London) "Regulating Religious Diversity in Liberal Societies"

11:50 - brief Q&A

PANEL 2 - Legal perspectives addressing policy challenges

12:00 - Dr Shaun Larcom (SOAS & Cambridge University), "Legal Pluralism”

12:15 - Mr Greg Walsh (University of Notre Dame Australia) "The Regulation of the Employment Decisions of Religious Schools under Anti-Discrimination Legislation"

12:30 - Prof. Roberto Scarciglia (University of Trieste) "Methodological Pluralism and Legal Comparison"

12:45 - Q&A followed by general discussion

13:15 - Conclusions and light buffet lunch

14:15 - Departure

SPEAKERS

Prof. John Loughlin is the Director of the Von Hügel Institute, a fellow of St Edmund’s College and a member of the POLIS department at the University of Cambridge. He has carried out extensive research on territorial politics in Europe and on the relationship between religion and politics. Trained at the EUI in Florence, he has held academic positions in Cardiff, Belfast, France, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands and is the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards for his career.

Warwick Hawkins is a career civil servant and is currently part of the team at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport responsible for the centenary commemorations of the First World War, where he is leading on ensuring that faith communities have opportunities to participate in the commemorations. For 17 years and in various Government roles he has been involved in promoting effective engagement between Government policy makers and Churches and other faith groups in England. He has also led on promoting inter faith dialogue and social action, for which he was awarded the MBE in the 2014 New Year's Honours list.

Prof. Maleiha Malik, Professor in Law, King's College London. She studied at the Universities of London and Oxford. She is a barrister and a member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. Maleiha Malik’s research focuses on the theory and practice of discrimination law. She has written extensively on discrimination law, minority protection and feminist theory. She is the co-author of a leading text titled Discrimination Law: Theory and Practice which was published in 2008. She is, along with Dr Jon Wilson from the Department of History at KCL, the co-ordinator of the AHRC project on ‘Traditions in the Present’ which explores the relevance of 'tradition' in contemporary societies. Her current research focuses on the intersection between sexual and cultural equality, and it explores the adjustments that may need to be made to feminist theory to accommodate increasing cultural pluralism. She teaches courses in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Discrimination Law and European Law to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Dr Sara Silvestri is Senior Lecturer in Religion and International Politics at City University London and is an affiliated lecturer in Cambridge’s POLIS department. She also leads the Ethics and Public Policy research cluster at the Von Huegel Institute. She was educated in Italy, Belgium and France and the UK. Her research and publications focus on Muslim political mobilisation, the nexus migration-multiculturalism, and the role of faith-based actors in the Euro-Mediterranean region; she is the recipient of numerous research grants and has served as an advisor in her areas of specialism to various governments and international organisations.

Dr Shaun Larcom is Lecturer in Environmental Economics and Development at the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.  He is also a Departmental Fellow at the Department of Land Economy and has an association with St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. His research is focused on how informal and formal institutions interact with one another and the consequences of such interactions, especially on the environment and development.

Mr Greg Walsh is a lecturer in the School of Law at the Sydney Campus of The University of Notre Dame Australia. He is currently on sabbatical leave to complete his doctorate on the impact of anti-discrimination legislation on religious schools. His research interests include law and religion, human rights and medical law.

Prof. Roberto Scarciglia is Professor of Comparative Law at University of Trieste, and he serves as Director of the Department of Political and Social Sciences. His work focuses on the methodology for comparative law, globalization, multiculturalism and administrative law. His most recent book, in Spanish language, Introducción al Derecho Constitucional Comparado (Dykinson, Madrid 2011), is based on ten years of fieldwork among new perspectives in comparative law.  He also writes about administrative law in the Balkans, multiculturalism and comparative methodology.

 

 

PARTICIPATION

Participation is open and free but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED (please write to Lidia Ripamonti at ). A small amount of travel grants are available for doctoral students, especially if BISA members. We are also looking for a new team of convenors of the BISA working group. Contact Dr Silvestri to express your interest (ss384@cam.ac.uk).

NOTE ON DIRECTIONS

The workshop will take place in the POLIS department, NOT at the Von Huegel Institute itself: directions and map

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Workshop on Faith, Governance & Public Policy

Joint workshop VHI-BISA working group on Religion Security and IR
When Mar 21, 2014
from 02:00 PM to 04:40 PM
Where Garden Room - St Edmund's College
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Attendees Free attendance, please register in advance.
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Faith, Governance & Public Policy: what is the role of faith based actors?

This workshop intends to facilitate a frank conversation and an exchange of experiences and information between academics of all levels of seniority and practitioners (e.g. policy makers, civil society actors, and ‘faith representatives’, for lack of a better definition) around the relationship between religion and politics with a concrete public policy focus. Participants are deliberately drawn from different backgrounds and will not necessarily be all experts of public policy or religion. It is important though that they share a common concern with understanding or analysing or facilitating human coexistence and global order (whether from a religious perspective or not) and are intellectually open to discussing what is the relevance of religion in all this. We start from the assumption that despite coming from the most diverse walks of life and working within different parameters, all participants will have been involved in thinking about or responding to major policy challenges that affect different equilibria and levels of human security, domestically or globally.

To emphasise the dialogic spirit of this endeavour, the workshop is intended as a round table conversation, where the role of the guest speakers is simply that of providing brief starting points for collectively tacking the questions under consideration. So, there will be no divide between speakers and audience as all participants are expected to equally engage in the conversation. We hope with this effort to contribute to a critical reflection on how better to understand, both conceptually and in practice, whether and in what ways religion and faith-based actors can be relevant to addressing key questions that emerge in governance and public policy and what synergies with secular institutions exist or could be developed.

Jointly organised and co-sponsored by the Von Hügel Institute (VHI) in Cambridge and the working group on Religion, Security and International Relations of the British International Studies Association, this event is both part of the VHI initiatives of religion and governance and is also the first of a series of three workshops on Faith, Governance and Public Policy of this BISA working group. The next events will tackle the sub-themes of migration (London, 2 April) and the ethics of war (Edinburgh, 16-17 June). For more information contact the working group convenors Dr Sara Silvestri and Rev. Rosemary Durward.

PROGRAMME

START TIME: 1.45 for 2pm (with registration open from 1.15pm) arrival, registration and sandwich lunch for speakers

2pm: WELCOME and SESSION ONE

-       Thinking beyond institutional frameworks regulating church-state relation, what place is there in public policy for engaging with religious values, identities, and/or faith-based actors?

-  In what ways, if at all, can religion offer something valuable for addressing key challenges in global governance?

-       what criteria are followed for listening to and incorporating the concerns of faith-based groups (if at all)?

Chair: Prof. John Loughlin (VHI, Cambridge)

Speakers (max 10mins each):

- Prof. Andrew Gamble (University of Cambridge)
- Mr Francis Campbell (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
- Prof. Peter Willetts (City University London)


2.30-3.05pm: Conversation with all participants on basis of initial remarks by guest speakers and guide questions

3.05-3.15pm: coffee break

3.15pm: SESSION TWO

-       In what ways have secular and religious actors (i.e. individuals, religious orders, NGOs and also state and international institutions) been able to mobilise and collaborate on shared issues of concern in global governance and public policy?

-       How do they converge or diverge in their approaches?

-       In what ways have the FBO present in this workshop contributed to policy developments in relevant fields?

-       What difficulties and what successes have they encountered?

Chair: Rev. Rosemary Durward (King’s College, London)
Guest speakers (about 10mins each):

- Fr David Glenday (Secretary General, Union of Superior Generals)
- Ms Louise Zanre (Director Jesuit Refugee Service)
- Ms Michelle Gyeney (Representative from Islamic Relief)

3.45-4.20: roundtable discussion including all participants, starting from questions and remarks above


4.20-4.30: Chair: Dr Sara Silvestri (City University London & VHI)

General discussion on

- What can we draw from this discussion that can inform our pol.science/IR understandings of religion?

- What is the relevance of religion and faith-based actors for addressing key challenges in governance and public policy?

4.30pm: Final remarks and conclusions

4.40pm: departure

 

Attendance is free but you must register in advance as there is a limit to the number of participants that the room and the format of this workshop can accommodate. Members of the British International Studies Association and doctoral students will have a priority in the registration. There is a small number of bursaries available to support the travel of doctoral students who are members of BISA and whose research is relevant to the discussion.  For information please contact Dr Sara Silvestri, to register please contact the VHI research administrator .

Faith, Governance and Public Policy: the challenge of cultural and religious diversity

A workshop jointly organised by the Von Hügel Institute and the BISA working group on Religion Security and IR
When Jul 02, 2014
from 11:00 AM to 01:15 PM
Where room S2 (second floor) - POLIS Department, ALISON RICHARDS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, 7 WEST ROAD, CAMBRIDGE, CB3 9DT
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Programme

10:45 - Arrival & registration

11:00 - Prof. John Loughlin (VHI, Cambridge), Welcome

PANEL 1: Policy Challenges

11:05 - Dr Sara Silvestri (City Univ.London and Cambridge) "Convergences and divergences in attitudes to religious and cultural diversity in the Euro-Mediterranean region"

11:20 - Mr Warwick Hawkins (Department for Culture, formerly at DCLG) "British government policies of engagement with faith-based actors"

11:35 - Prof.Maleiha Malik (King's College London) "Regulating Religious Diversity in Liberal Societies"

11:50 - brief Q&A

PANEL 2 - Legal perspectives addressing policy challenges

12:00 - Dr Shaun Larcom (SOAS & Cambridge University), "Legal
Pluralism”

12:15 - Mr Greg Walsh (University of Notre Dame Australia) "The
Regulation of the Employment Decisions of Religious Schools under
Anti-Discrimination Legislation"

12:30 - Prof. Roberto Scarciglia (University of Trieste)
"Methodological Pluralism and Legal Comparison"

12:45 - Q&A followed by general discussion

13:15 - Conclusions and light buffet lunch

14:15 - Departure

Participation is open and free but registration is required (please write to ). A small amount of travel grants are available.

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