Public Life and Religious Diversity


Organisé par The Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford

Date et lieu

Du jeudi 7 septembre 2017, 12h30 au samedi 9 septembre 2017, 16hHarris Manchester College, 1 Mansfield Road, Oxford, Royaume-Uni


In the past two decades, there has been much talk in political theory about the role of religion in the public sphere. The resulting discussions of public reason and its limits, secularism and disestablishment, the nature of toleration, and the scope of religious exemptions have been invaluable. For many theorists, however, the fundamental worry remains: can the tensions between the demands of liberalism and the obligations of faith be negotiated? Or will containing—or constraining—religion within the bounds of a liberal polity always infringe upon the freedom of conscience ostensibly at liberalism’s core?

Today, these concerns have only grown in the face of new and pressing practical challenges, and our theories of public life and religious diversity must evolve to meet them. The increasing diversity of religious attitudes, beliefs and practices; the phenomenon (and fear) of ‘religious extremism’; the complex interplay between religions, gender, and sexuality; the many different ways that social institutions engage with religious practice, all call for new thinking in political theory.

This conference will explore what the next steps should be for research on religious diversity and public life by bringing perspectives from political theory, philosophy and the history of political thought to bear on the pressing political questions of our age. Through it, we hope to generate new understandings and original proposals that will set the agenda for new research avenues in the field of religion and politics and provide a forum for critical discussion.


Consultez l’horaire et la liste des activités sur la page de l’événement au

À noter, Jocelyn Maclure présidera le Panel session 3 : Democratic Accommodation auquel participeront :

  • François Boucher, Postdoctoral Researcher, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada : “Political Secularism and Religious Institutionalism: Justice and Jurisdiction”
  • Roland Pierik, Associate professor of legal philosophy, University of Amsterdam: “Accommodation through Exemptions. A Case Study of Childhood Vaccination Waivers Accommodation”
  • Aurélia Bardon, Lecturer in Politics, University of Liverpool: “Neutrally Justified Laws and Skepticism about Religious Exemptions”

Informations supplémentaires

L’inscription est obligatoire : Cliquez « Book Event » sur la page de l’événement au