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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 5th Dec 2012
Nick Spencer is Research Director of the think tank, Theos. He worked as a researcher and consultant for Research International, The Henley Centre, the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and the Jubilee Centre before joining Theos. He is the author of several Theos reports and a number of books, including Darwin and God (SPCK, 2009) and Freedom and Order: History, Politics and the English Bible (Hodder and Stoughton, 2011). He writes for publications including The Guardian.
Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He was born in India, brought up in Manchester, and now lives in London He is a presenter of Analysis, BBC Radio 4’s flagship current affairs programme, and a panelist on The Moral Maze. He has also written and presented a number of radio and TV documentaries including Are Muslims Hated? and Islam, Mullahs and the Media. His books include From Fatwa to Jihad, Strange Fruit , Man, Beast and Zombie , and The Meaning of Race (1996). He is a campaigner against imperialism and injustice and for equal rights, freedom of expression, and a secular society. He is a Trustee of Index on Censorship and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Linda Woodhead is a writer and academic. She was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and her first job was as lecturer at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford. After Oxford, she went to Lancaster University where she is now Professor of Sociology of Religion. Her main interest is in documenting and analysing religious change in modern societies, relating it to wider social changes, and thinking through practical and political implications.
She has carried out empirical research in Britain, the USA, India and parts of Europe, and has written about Christianity, spirituality, neo-Hinduism and Islam in Europe. Her work as Director of the Religion and Society Research Programme has involved her in a range of public activities, aimed at bringing the latest research into the public debate and raising the level of conversation about religion. Her books include Christianity: A Very Short Introduction, The Spiritual Revolution and, most recently, Religion and Change in Modern Britain (edited with Rebecca Catto).