Call for papers – Religion shaping development: inspirational, inhibiting, institutionalised?

First announcement and call for papers

Religion shaping development: inspirational, inhibiting, institutionalised?

Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd July, 2010
University of Birmingham, England

A major event organised by the Religions and Development Research Programme, this conference will bring together research findings that address three central questions and explore their policy and practice implications:
•    How do religious values and beliefs drive the actions and interactions of individuals and faith-based organisations?
•    How do religious values and beliefs and religious organisations influence the relationships between states and societies?
•    In what ways do faith communities interact with development actors and what are the outcomes with respect to the achievement of development goals?

The first two days of the conference will concentrate on the presentation and discussion of research findings. The final day will explore the implications of the research undertaken during the Religions and Development Research Programme in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania with policy makers, practitioners and development agencies. Participants may attend either or both parts of the conference.

21st-22nd July, 2010
Progressive, paradoxical, pragmatic: exploring religion and human development

In addition to plenary sessions with invited speakers, a series of panel sessions will be held, provisionally on the following themes:

1.    Religion, politics and governance in the South: rethinking relationships between religion and the state (panel organisers Professor Gurharpal Singh and Dr Heather Marquette, University of Birmingham)

2.    Religion, values and everyday life: religious teaching, lived religion and attitudes to development and progress (panel organisers Dr Tamsin Bradley, London Metropolitan University, Dr Tina Dugbazah, University of Birmingham, and Dr Joe Devine, University of Bath)

3.    Gender, religion and social change in developing countries (panel organisers Dr Nida Kirmani, University of Birmingham, Dr Sarah White, University of Bath and Dr Emma Tomalin, University of Leeds)

4.    The development activities and political relationships of faith-based and secular non-governmental organisations: exploring and explaining their characteristics and outcomes (panel organisers Dr Martin Rew, University of Birmingham and Dr Emma Tomalin, University of Leeds)

5.    Urban communal conflict and post-conflict transformation: the role of religion and religious organisations in inter-religious conflicts and their aftermath (panel organisers Professors Carole Rakodi and Gurharpal Singh, University of Birmingham)

Call for papers
Papers are invited on any of these themes. A title and abstract of between 200 and 400 words should be sent to Tina Dugbazah at by 30th November, 2009, specifying which panel you wish it to be considered for. Authors will be notified if their paper has been selected for presentation by 10th December, 2009. Full papers (up to 8,000 words) should be sent by 30th April, 2010.

There is no conference fee, but panel presenters and other participants must be able to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

23rd July, 2010
Religious organisations and development agencies: possibilities, partnerships and pitfalls – a dialogue

A roundtable and small group discussions will involve stakeholders from development policy and practice as well as researchers. They will focus on issues and questions important to development and religious organisations, and will examine how religious values and the activities of faith-based organisations in the UK and overseas can be incorporated in the development agenda and contribute to the achievement of development objectives in the short and longer term.

Registration for the conference and accommodation booking will open on 1st December 2009 – please go to

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