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#WoolfWatch Week Seventeen

Published July 18, 2020 by Tara Zammit

As we are now working or staying at home during this time of isolation and social distancing, we thought it would be nice to share a list of some of our home entertainment recommendations. We are calling this new series #WoolfWatch. Make sure to follow Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for more updates in the coming weeks and welcome to Week Seventeen!


How does music contribute to interfaith dialogue? This is a subject we explore in various projects and research at the Woolf Institute, including in this week's Video recommendation on the Pontanima Choir. Dr Nedžad Avdić's story of his survival of the Srebrenica massacre and subsequent fight for justice is framed with music and interviews by the Pontanima Choir. The Choir's repertoire is drawn from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions which together form the unique culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dr Avdić and the choir are peacemakers between the fractured religions of their country. While the Woolf Institute seeks to improve relations between religion and society through education, the Choir does so through music – a fitting first in-house documentary for the Woolf Institute.


The problem of waste and waste disposal is a serious one. Whether we're thinking about oceans being choked with plastic, nuclear waste or just noticing the litter on a local walk, it matters. Speaking with Ed Kessler, Ian Farnan and Freya Jephcott confront some harsh realities in new Naked Reflections episode, Reacting to Rubbish. You can listen and subscribe to new weekly episodes of Naked Reflections here.


In this week's Blog recommendation, Celia Gould reflects on the enriching power of interfaith encounter and the importance of interfaith dialogue that goes beyond matters of dogma and denominational difference. Describing her organisation of a "Speed-Faithing" event at University of Birmingham, Celia details 'the power of students of different faiths sharing their journeys, with their challenges, in an honest and trustful manner with one another.' You can read her blog here. Interested in writing a blog of your own? Email with your thoughts - we'd love to hear from you.


Our Research recommendation this week is the two-year research project entitled Measures of Success: Evaluating the Impact of Interfaith Dialogue. The project is aiming to develop a set of indicators that measure the impact of direct and grassroots interreligious dialogue initiatives. Our researchers are asking questions like, 'Which methods are most effective in achieving successful local interreligious dialogue?' and 'Which are the most valid and reliable measures of success when considering the impact of interreligious dialogue?'. You can learn more about this project here.

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