Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Examining the Shared Life: Social Unity, Civic Health and Cultural Diversity

07 July 2011 - 08 July 2011 | Workshop

School of Politics and International Studies

The question of how to realise social unity and promote civic health in conditions of cultural diversity has become an increasingly pressing one for modern democratic societies. This workshop seeks to address this question, but in a distinctive way. Instead of treating community as a static social formation, it will begin from the idea of community as a dynamically enacted social narrative. Whilst we tend to think a great deal about spatial connectivity in communities, we think much less about their temporal connectivity: we tend to forget that communities are essentially shared lives. The workshop will examine the idea of the shared life and explore how it might help to illuminate new possibilities for belonging in an age of deep diversity and conflict.

Speakers include

  • Michelle Bastian (University of Manchester)
  • Paul Bickley (Theos, Public Theology Think Tank)
  • Rachael Chapman (University of Northumbria)
  • Sam Clark (Lancaster University)
  • Derek Edyvane (University of Leeds)
  • John Schwarzmantel (University of Leeds)
  • Tim Fowler (University of Warwick)


If you would like to attend the workshop, please send a short paragraph outlining your interest to Derek Edyvane.

The workshop is funded by the AHRC and hosted by the Political Theory Research Group at the University of Leeds.

Attendance is free of charge, but places are limited.

Location Details

School of Politics and Intenational Studies
Social Sciences Building
University of Leeds

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