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CALL FOR PAPERS: Woolf Institute Conference 'Faith, Trust and Relationships.

20th July 2022


Woolf Institute Conference


Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 November 2022


The Woolf Institute is hosting a two-day academic conference in Cambridge. We invite academics to submit abstracts for papers to be presented in person at our conference event on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 November 2022.

We will consider abstracts from academics (including early career scholars) from all disciplines in any subject relating to religion, religious belief and religious communities on the theme of faith, trust and relationships.

We would also welcome abstracts or expressions of interest from non-academics such as practitioners, members of faith organisations and charities, civil servants, teachers and journalists.


The conference will explore themes linking religious studies and subjects concerning faith, trust, and relationships.

We welcome abstracts for papers that explore how these themes (taken individually or collectively) create, or have created, harmony or tension between faith communities, between people of all faiths and none, or between people of faith and their social, political and cultural environments.

We define our terms broadly:

· “Faith” is taken to mean any belief in or acceptance of the doctrines of a religion.

· “Trust” is taken to mean believing in or reliance on the honesty, reliability and ability of another.

· “Relationships” is taken to mean connections between people, communities, or religious, social and cultural practices.

We welcome papers on:

· Contemporary and historic interreligious understanding and dialogue

· Intergroup and intragroup relations, friendship and interdependence

· The positive impacts of reducing stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination

· The dynamics determining trust and distrust in governments, public bodies, and faith institutions

· The future of interfaith dialogue, diversity and multiculturalism

We aim to be inclusive of all relevant disciplines and research themes.

Please send abstracts (300 words max.) by 6pm Monday 29 August 2022 to:

Dr Julian Hargreaves, Director of Research, Woolf Institute.


Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 16 September 2022.

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