Other speakers include Hanna Lerner (Politics, Tel Aviv), Sian Lazar (Anthropology, Cambridge), Ajay Gudavarthy (Politics, Nehru University), Nigel Dower (Philosophy, Aberdeen), and Tamas Gyorfi (Law, Aberdeen).
Notions of political community are implicit in many or most contemporary debates – academic and public – of citizenship, civil society and rule of law, as well as of democracy, multiculturalism and human rights. But they are seldom made explicit and subject to analysis and reflection. Having debated and discussed aspects of citizenship, civil society and rule of law in a series of events since our founding in 2009, we have identified political community as a topic that crosscuts the three but which we have yet to comprehend fully.
The workshop is free to attend, including food. View the programme for full details, including registration instructions. The event is coordinated by Dr Trevor Stack.
Terrence Malik’s 1998 film, The Thin Red Line, is considered one of the greatest contemporary war films, and is at once deeply moving and deeply theological. In this recent sermon delivered to the Oriel College Chapel, Nigel Biggar reflects on some of the film’s theological questions.
Two of the speakers from last May’s McDonald Centre conference, Christianity and the Flourishing of Universities, have been hard at work on a project that addresses some of the same themes.
Led by Mike Higton and David Ford from the University of Cambridge, the study asks, “What place does religion have in the Western research university?” Visit their website, The Idea of a University, for resources or to join the discussion.
On Friday, 5 October, John Perry will speak in the University of Cambridge at the third annual Balzan-Skinner Colloquium. A keynote lecture, which provides the focus for the day, will be given by Tim Stanton, of York University, entitled The Fable of Liberalism.
Perry’s paper will be Liberalism and the Birth of Public Reason. Other participants include Sarah Mortimer, Mark Goldie, Jeffrey Collins, and Ian Harris.
For full details, visit the website of Cambridge’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.
Next month, Nigel Biggar will speak at the University of Chicago as part of a conference on Theological Reflection and The Limits of Politics. Other speakers include Robin Lovin, a member of the McDonald Centre advisory board, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Eric Gregory, Charles Mathewes, Gilbert Meilander, and Jean Bethke Elshtain (also a member of our advisory board).