"Reducing religious conflict", conference

Past Event

18 June 2012, 10:00am 19 June 2012 - 6:00pm


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This conference is hosted by the Science and Religious Conflict Project Team which is part of the Institute for Science and Ethics

The Science and Religious Conflict Project team is pleased to announce a two-day international and interdisciplinary conference on the theme of reducing religious conflict. Conflicts between different religious groups and between religious groups, governments and broader society are endemic to modern life and have been a feature of human existence for thousands of years. What can be done to reduce the rate of occurrence and the severity of such conflicts? In this conference leading international experts from different disciplines take up the theme of reducing religious conflict.

Convenor: Dr Steve Clarke, James Martin Fellow, Institute for Science and Ethics


  • Scott Atran, Anthropology (University of Michigan and National Center for Scientific Research Paris)
    Religious and Sacred Imperatives in Human Conflict
  • Dr Liz Carmichael (Faculty of Theology, University of Oxford)
    Religion in Conflict and Peacemaking, with Particular Reference to South Africa
  • Professor Tony Coady (Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne and Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Oxford)
    Civility and Deep Disagreement: Philosophical Reflections on Religious Differences and Public Life
  • Eran Halperin (Lauder School of Government, Israel)
    Can Emotion Regulation Change Political Attitudes in Intractable and Religious Conflict? From the Laboratory to the Field
  • Professor Miles Hewstone ( Head, Oxford Centre for the Study of Intergroup Conflict, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford)
    Intergroup Contact as a Means of Reducing Religious Conflict: Evidence from Belfast and Oldham
  • Professor Julian Savulescu (Director, Insititute for Science and Ethics) and Professor Ingmar Persson (University of Gothenburg and Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford)
    Religion and Religious Conflict: A Secular View
  • Monica Toft (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)
    On Counterinsurgency
  • Paul Troop (Faculty of Law and Centre for Neuroethics, University of Oxford)
    How Might Understanding Human Groups Help Address Religious Conflict?

Venue: Lincoln College, EPA Science Centre, Museum Road, Oxford

For further information please contact Steve Clarke: stephen.clarke@philosophy.ox.ac.uk or Rachel Gaminiratne: rachel.gaminiratne@philosophy.ox.ac.uk