Prof. Theodore Gabriel Presents at Annual Religious Studies Conference
BISC religious studies lecturer Theodore Gabriel attended the annual conference of the BASR (British Association for the Study of Religions) between September 5-7, 2012 at the University of Winchester. The conference was attended by national and international scholars of the study of religion. The theme of this year's conference was “Borders, Boundaries and Transgressions: within and between religions”. Professor Gabriel presented a paper on "National Identity and Religious Minorities of Pakistan", which explored the boundaries between different religious groups in Pakistan and the issue of a common national identity. The paper stimulated many questions and active dialogue. Other events of note at the conference included: the plenary session, led by Professor Tim Jensen (University of Southern Denmark), which discussed various aspects of the public benefit of the study of religion; the keynote address about Woodland Burials given by Douglas Davies (Professor of Theology, University of Durham and chair of the BASR); and Dr Graham Harvey of the Open University election as the new chair of the Association.