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Book launch: From Toleration to Religious Freedom: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

When: Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Where: Online, Zoom

Peter Lang has recently published From Toleration to Religious Freedom: Cross-Disciplinary perspectives. The edited book is a joint effort by scholars from law, religious studies, history, and politics. It examines the knotty relationship between toleration and religious freedom from the early modern period to the present day.

By bringing together scholars from different fields, it throws into sharp relief the disciplinary presuppositions that have, sometimes misleadingly, shaped our understandings of toleration and religious freedom. IHSS Strategic Lecturer Dr John Adenitire is one of the editors of the volume. 

The Panellists

Dr Marietta van der Tol

Dr Marietta van der Tol is Alfred Landecker Postdoctoral Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford. Her research interests include the relationship between religion, politics and society, and the role that political imaginaries play in the formation of law and public policy with regard to religious minorities in Europe. Her doctoral thesis, ‘Politics of religious diversity: toleration, religious freedom and visibility of religion in public space’ (Cambridge), explored expressions of tolerance and intolerance in contemporary constitutional law and politics in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

edited Dr Carys Brown

Dr Carys Brown is a Research Fellow in History at Trinity College, Cambridge. Her primary research interests are in the social, cultural, and religious history of late-seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain, and in particular in the social history of religious tolerance and the education and upbringing of children. Her monograph, Friends, Neighbours, Sinners: Religious Difference and English Society, 1689-1750 (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press) demonstrates the fundamental ways in which religious difference shaped English society in the first half of the eighteenth century. 

Dr ES Kempson

Dr E. S. Kempson is Lecturer and Tutor in Theology at St Mellitus College. In 2019 she completed PhD in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, where her research focused on a retrieval of the ancient Christian understandings of God as truth and its relevance from contemporary theological and philosophical discourse. Dr Kempson holds previous degrees in theology, religion, and ministry from the University of Oxford (MPhil), Yale University (M.Div. and S.T.M.), and the University of Virginia (B.A.). Her publications include ‘Truth’ in The T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Christian Theology (forthcoming)  and ‘Anne Conway’s Exemplary Engagement with Origenist Thought’ in the journal Modern Theology.

John Adenitire

Dr John Adenitire is a Strategic Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary University of London. His research has focused on the legal right to exemption for religious and non-religious conscientious objectors from a wide variety of legal obligations, including anti-discrimination norms. He currently works on the genealogy of religion and religious freedom and on non-human animals in constitutional law and theory. 

The Chair

Simon Reid-Henry

Prof Simon Reid-Henry is an author, academic and policy analyst specialising in international and political affairs. His current work examines the fault lines of democracy at home and abroad and the political dynamics of international public finance. Simon is Director of the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary, Programme Director at Counterpoint, and Research Professor at PRIO in Oslo leading an international team examining the politics of duties in modern political society. He is the author of Fidel and Che: The Revolutionary Friendship Between Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, Empire of Democracy: The Remaking of the West since the Cold War, 1971-2017, The Political Origins of Inequality: Why a More Equal World Is Better for Us All and The Cuban Cure: Reason and Resistance in Global Science.


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