Attend a two–day international conference
on the Religious-Right, Secularism
and Civil Rights, which will be held in London
during 11-12 October 2014 at the Tower Hotel.
Notable speakers from around the world
will be joining us for a weekend of discussions and debates on the Religious Right, its attacks on civil rights and freedoms, and the role of secularism for 21st century humanity.
The conference will be held at the
4 star Tower Hotel with spectacular views of the River Thames and the Tower of London.
It will be held in London, one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the world.
The city has over 170 museums with 11 national museums as well as four UNESCO world heritage sites: Tower of London, Maritime Greenwich, Westminster Palace and Kew’s Royal Botanic Gardens.
The Arab uprisings; ‘Sharia’ and religious laws; the burqa and conspicuous religious symbols; freedom of expression, apostasy, blasphemy and free thought; ‘Islamophobia’ and racism; minorities versus citizenship; the far-Right; honour crimes; faith schools and religious education; reproductive rights and secular values will be discussed.
The Conference will be based on interactive participation, dialogue, and regional and thematic forums.
A C Grayling is Professor of Philosophy and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He has written and edited many books on philosophy and other subjects. He writes for various papers and is a frequent broadcaster on BBC radio. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2003 was a Booker Prize judge. He is also Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society.
University of Manouba, Tunisia
Amel Grami is a Professor at the University of Manouba, Tunisia, where she has been teaching for twenty years. She was on the frontlines of Manouba’s successful struggle to defy a Salafist siege last year. Today, she is one of the world’s leading experts on Religion and Women’s Studies. She has made multiple contributions to international seminars and round tables, is a writer and responsible for the translation program of intellectual and civilization works in Tunisia National Center for Translation.
Amina Sboui was threatened after posting topless photos of herself on Facebook carrying the slogan: “My Body is not the Source of Anyone’s Honour”. An international campaign was launched on her behalf. On 1 May, Amina tried to enter the meeting of the Congress for the Republic to denounce a Minister. On May 19, she was arrested for having scrawled a slogan on the wall of a cemetery in Kairouan. Though she was sentenced to more than two years imprisonment, she was released in August 2013.
Bahram Soroush is a founding member of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. He is a social and political analyst and commentator that has been interviewed in a variety of British and international news media, including the BBC, ITN and New Channel TV. He is a Central Committee Member of the Worker-communist Party of Iran and the Public Relations Officer of the Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran.
Caroline Fourest is a French writer, editor of the magazine ProChoix, and author of Frère Tariq, a critical look at the works of Tariq Ramadan. She has written many books on such topics as the conservative right, the pro-life movement and on current fundamentalist trends in Abrahamic religions. She served as President of the Gay and Lesbian Center and has received several awards for her work, including the National award of “Laïcité” in 2005, and the “Award of the political book” in 2006.
Chetan Bhatt is currently the director of the Centre for the Study of Human rights at LSE. He was previously Professor of Sociology and Head of Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London. He has carried out extensive work over many years on human rights, discrimination and social justice. Current projects include work on the emergence of virtue in modern political ideologies, new forms of the regional state in South Asia and the sociology of religious paramilitia groups.
Yemeni Writer and Academic,
University of Zurich
Elham Manea is an associate professor specialized on the Middle East, a writer, and a human rights activist. She has published academic and non-fiction books in English, German, and Arabic in addition to two novels in Arabic. She works at the Political Science Institute at the University of Zurich and a consultant for Swiss government agencies and international human rights organizations. Her concept of humanistic Islam was first published in a series of articles in Arabic and then summarized in a book published in German in 2009 by Herder Verlag.
Women Living Under Muslim Laws
Fatou Sow is a Senegalese Sociologist. She is a member of a number of African and international associations, including founding member of Le Groupe de recherche sur les Femmes et les lois au Sénégal. She is International Director of Women Living Under Muslim Laws, a solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam.