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A conference to mark the 75th anniversary of the Malvern Conference in 1941, which was convened by Archbishop William Temple to consider the ‘ordering of a new society’ after the Second World War:

Social Justice: building a fairer, more equal society
Thursday 23 - Saturday 25 June 2016
University of Worcester, St John’s Campus

Challenging questions about social justice are being raised across all spheres of public life. What aspirations do we have for social justice? Do our public policies reflect a set of values which could enable us to achieve a fairer and more equal society?

The University of Worcester and the William Temple Foundation are holding a conference to explore these issues in the contexts of faith, education, health, welfare, public policy, economics, gender and sexuality.

The Conference opens with a free public lecture in the Cathedral on Thursday 23 June 2016, ‘Faith in the Public Sphere? - in search of a fair and compassionate society for the 21st century’ delivered by Professor Chris Baker, Director of the William Temple Foundation and Professor of Religion and Public Life at the University of Chester.      

For any general enquiries, please email socialjusticeconference@worc.ac.uk

Keynotes

Conference Opening and Keynote speakers

We are delighted to confirm our distinguished Conference Opening and four Keynote speakers.

Download biographies and abstracts of the Conference Opening and Keynote speakers.


Professor Chris Baker

Professor Chris BakerProfessor Chris Baker is Director of Research for the William Temple Foundation and William Temple Professor Religion and Public Life at the University of Chester. He writes and researches on the role and contribution of religion to public life in the UK and Europe from a wide variety of perspectives: theology, political philosophy, critical human geography, sociology of religion and social policy. The themes of his work include ideas of spiritual and religious capital and the postsecular city.  Follow Chris on Twitter @DrChrisRBaker


Professor Morwenna Griffiths

Professor Morwenna GriffithsMorwenna holds the Chair of Classroom Learning in the Moray House School of Education at Edinburgh University. Her recent research has included philosophical theorising and empirical investigation, related to epistemology of auto/biography, social justice, feminization, pedagogy and the relation of educational philosophy with policy. Her most recent work focuses on the significance of joy in education for social justice and on the significance pedagogical relationships in teaching and teacher education.


Professor Pat Thane

Professor Pat ThaneProfessor of Contemporary History at King’s College, London. Pat graduated in Modern History from Oxford, then gained her PhD at LSE in the Dept of Social Science and Administration. Pat was the Leverhulme Professor of Contemporary British History in 1998-2001 at the Institute of Historical Research.


Professor Jon Glasby

Professor Jon GlasbyProfessor of Health and Social Care and Head of School of Social Policy, at University of Birmingham.  Jon is a qualified social worker by background and Head of the School of Social Policy. Specialising in joint work between health and social care, Jon is involved in regular policy analysis and advice. Jon specialises in research, teaching, consultancy and policy advice around (i) Partnership working in health and social care (ii) Strategic commissioning (iii) Personalisation (iv) Community Care services for older people.


Professor Philip Goodchild

Philip Goodchild is Professor of Religion and Philosophy in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham. With a background in both theology and French philosophy, his research extends to money, finance and theology, as well as to philosophy as a spiritual exercise, and continental philosophy of religion.  Following up his 2007 book Theology of Money, he is currently working on credit and faith, understanding theology and economics in terms of each other.


Programme

Timed conference programme

(some timings may be subject to change)
Download a PDF version of this programme

Thursday 23 June 2016

  • 3.00pm Registration opens at the University’s St John’s campus – tea and coffee available between 3pm and 5pm
    Delegates will be able to check into their rooms. Wireless access is available across all areas of the University
  • 5.30pm Welcome Reception – with music, drinks and canapés
  • 7.00pm The Conference will be opened by Professor Chris Baker, Director of Research for the William Temple Foundation and William Temple Professor Religion and Public Life at the University of Chester. His Opening Lecture will be entitled: ‘Faith in the Public Sphere? - in search of a fair and compassionate society for the 21st century’ and will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Worcester Cathedral.
    Chris writes and researches on the role and contribution of religion to public life in the UK and Europe from a wide variety of perspectives: theology, political philosophy, critical human geography, sociology of religion and social policy. The themes of his work include ideas of spiritual and religious capital and the postsecular city
  • 8.00pm At leisure – a list of local restaurants will be available

Friday 24 June 2016

  • 7.30-9.00am Residential delegates will be provided with a full English breakfast at the St John’s campus served buffet style, including coffee / tea / juice
  • 9.00am Coffee / tea available for non-residential delegates
  • 9.30am Keynote Lecture 1 - delivered by Professor Jon Glasby
  • 10.30am Coffee / tea / biscuits
  • 11.00am Parallel strands – delegates may choose papers / workshops of interest
  • 12.30pm Lunch for all delegates will be served in ‘The Pear Tree’
  • 1.30pm Keynote Lecture 2 - delivered by Professor Pat Thane
  • 2.30pm Parallel strands – delegates may choose papers / workshops of interest (including break for coffee / tea / biscuits)
  • 4.30pm Keynote Lecture 3 – delivered by Professor Morwenna Griffiths
  • 5.30pm At leisure
  • 7.00pm Conference Dinner at the University’s City campus (tickets are pre-bookable in advance)
    There will be an opportunity to view The Infirmary Medical Museum and the Board Room where the British Medical Association was founded in 1832 in the Georgian 18thC former hospital, with a pre-dinner drink
    Delegates who have pre-booked tickets for the conference dinner will then be served a 3 course meal including a glass of wine (additional wine will be available for purchase on the night

Saturday 25 June 2016

  • 7.30-9.00am Residential delegates will be provided with a full English breakfast served buffet style, including coffee / tea / juice
  • 9.00am Coffee / tea available for non-residential delegates
  • 9.30am Parallel strands – delegates may choose papers / workshops of interest (including break for coffee / tea / biscuits)
  • 11.00am Keynote Lecture 4 - delivered by Professor Philip Goodchild
  • 12.00pm Final Q&A panel session reflecting on the main topics of the Conference and discussing where we go from here
  • 1.00pm Conference closing remarks
  • 1.15pm Lunch for all delegates will be served in the Henwick Dining Hall
  • 2.00pm  Conference close

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