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Question Time at Lancaster University

11/03/2011 00:00:00

Question Time “Debating Politics and Religion”

Lecture Theatre 1, The Management School, Lancaster University

Tuesday, 29th November 2011 – 6.15 p.m. to 7.45 p.m.

Inspired by the BBC’s flagship Question Time programme, The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion (in association with the Alumni Office and the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme) is proud to announce the first Lancaster University Question Time on the theme of "Debating Politics and Religion".

For this event we have brought together an exciting panel of guests from the world of politics, religion, media and academia who will explore the interface between politics and religion. Similar to the Question Time format the debate will focus on current issues and the panel will respond to questions posed by members of the audience. 

The panel will include:

Liam Burns (President of the National Union of Students 2011/12.  He studied physics at Heriot-Watt University and has also served as President of NUS Scotland)

Charles Clarke (Former Labour Party MP 1997-2010, Home Secretary 2004-2006 and currently Visiting Professor of Politics and Faith in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster),

Clare Short (Labour Party MP 1983-2006; Independent MP 2006-2010; Secretary of State for International Development 1997- 2003)

Laurence Hemming (Internationally recognised writer, scholar and teacher. An acknowledged authority on Martin Heidegger, he has written on issues as diverse as the will, the sublime, subjectivity, selfhood, morals, politics, and the divine)

Shuruq Naguib (Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion with an expertise in Classical Exegesis of the Qur'an and Gender in Islamic thought)

Ziauddin Sardar (a London-based scholar, writer and cultural-critic who specializes in the future of Islam, science and cultural relations.  Prospect magazine has named him as one of Britain's top 100 public intellectuals)

Linda Woodhead (Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and Director of the AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme) will chair the session.

The event is free and open to all. However, please note, there are limited places. If you wish to attend, you must register by emailing Christine Bennett ( in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Registrations must be submitted by noon on Friday, 18th November 2011.  

Once your registration has been confirmed, you will be requested to submit one question to the panel. If accepted, this question and your name may be read out to the panel and audience during the event.

Live Webstreaming:  This event will be webstreamed live. The link to the website can be found at the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion  or the Alumni Office