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#WoolfWatch Week Thirteen

Published June 17, 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 us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for more updates in the coming weeks and welcome to Week Thirteen!

We send our best wishes to you all at this time and hope you enjoy our series.


Throughout the COVID-19 Chronicles series, we have listened to religious leaders and scholars discuss how the pandemic is impacting them and their communities, particularly when it comes to practices, ceremonies and community cohesion. But what has been the negative effect of COVID-19 on interfaith relations? How do we find a productive way forward? In new COVID-19 Chronicles: Beyond the UK, Dr Ed Kessler speaks with Dr Navras Aafreedi about the situation in India. You can watch that interview here and find all available (and upcoming) episodes on this webpage.


Most of us feel lonely some of the time, but some of us feel lonely most of the time. To be alone, however, is not to be lonely, and sometimes being part of a crowd can feel very lonely indeed. Dr Kitty O’Lone and Prof Tamsin Ford join Dr Ed Kessler to discuss this topic, timely as it is in the wake of COVID-19. Our podcast recommendation this week is the episode Loneliness from our Naked Reflections series with The Naked Scientists. You can listen and subscribe to the series here. Make sure to stay tuned for more weekly episodes!


'What does the English-Nigerian stand-up comedian Nabil Abdulrashid share in common with the Arab TV shows Exit 7 and Mother of Aaron? They both illustrate the soft power of popular culture and its potential in the interfaith space.' In her blog post, 'The Role of Popular Culture in the Interfaith Encounter: A Soft Power?', Affiliated Researcher Dr Lina Molokotos-Liederman explores how sources such as comedy, film and television can be used to encourage and support interfaith dialogue. You can read Lina's blog here. Interested in writing a blog of your own? Email with your thoughts - we'd love to hear from you.


Interested in learning more about our research? Our Past Conferences page enables you to check out some of our previous sessions and discussions, showcasing our diverse and extensive research experience and interests. One example of a past conference is 'Crossing Boundaries? Trade and Connections on the Medieval Mediterranean', a subject that will be addressed in part this Thursday June 18 at 6PM BST in our webinar collaboration with the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean on the topic of 'Contact, Communication, Collaboration'. You can register for your space at that webinar here and read about the conference here.

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