Kelly Simcock

Kelly Simcock to speak at Liverpool Hope University

September 12, 2013 | Nick Taylor

Foundation Programme Manager, Kelly Simcock is a guest panellist at “Peace and Peacebuilding: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives on Social Flourishing”, an event hosted by Liverpool Hope University, ahead of an international conference in April 2014.

Kelly will address delegates at a one-day workshop on Wednesday 18th September 2013. The workshop is the third in a series for the Philosophy and Religious Practices research network. The Network aims to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners and so to make the work of philosophers of religion more relevant to other contemporary research on religion.

The workshop will explore the concept of peace, particularly as this informs (and may be transformed by) concrete efforts of peacebuilding – locally, nationally and internationally – in culturally diverse communities. A central aim of this workshop is to encourage discussion, between religious practitioners, community based organisations and theorists, on how peacebuilding can be approached in multicultural and multifaith settings, given the aspiration of individual and social flourishing.

The event will ask:

How do you define peace? Is it the opposite of conflict? Must peace building always aim for reconciliation?

Must a faith group suspend its specific religious and/ or cultural identity in order to work for peace with other groups? What might the problems be with this approach? If not, what does that identity contribute to the way peace is understood and the effort of peace building?

What do we mean by ‘youth’ and why should they be a focus in peace building efforts? What is the role of education in peace building? How might we negotiate the relationship between progress and tradition in light of cross-generational relationships and the aspiration for peace in multicultural/ multi-faith societies?

Other keynote speakers will include Rev.Dr. Barbara Glasson (Touchstone, Bradford) and Prof. Jeff Haynes (London Metropolitan University), Director of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation.

Panel speakers will be Prof. Neil Ferguson (Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace, Liverpool Hope University), Laura Payne (Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies, Coventry University), Kelly Simcock (Programme Manager, Foundation for Peace, Warrington), and Dr. George Wilkes (Edinburgh University).

The workshop runs from10:00 until 16:15 in the Conference Centre at Hope Park Campus.

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