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.
One Law for All Campaigner,
Aliyah Saleem spent 6 years in an Islamic school in Britain and 1 year in Pakistan. In Britain, she was veiled, prohibited from using a camera and mobile phone. She was expelled when a camera was confiscated during a surprise room check and revealed an unveiled photo of herself. The experience traumatised her and she now campaigns for secular education for all.
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.
Pianist and Composer, Pianist and composer Anne Lovett has been described as one of the greatest artists of her generation, with a crystalline and beautiful tonal clarity and huge sonic power, plus absolute virtuosity and a rare musical intelligence, expressiveness and ability to communicate. Her music has been described as fresh and exciting akin to a rock or pop concert with the distinctive emotional depth of classical music. 2014 sees her signing a publishing deal with major publishing house, Faber Music in London.
Pianist and Composer,
Pianist and composer Anne Lovett has been described as one of the greatest artists of her generation, with a crystalline and beautiful tonal clarity and huge sonic power, plus absolute virtuosity and a rare musical intelligence, expressiveness and ability to communicate. Her music has been described as fresh and exciting akin to a rock or pop concert with the distinctive emotional depth of classical music. 2014 sees her signing a publishing deal with major publishing house, Faber Music in London.
Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi-born award-winning writer, physician, and activist, known for her powerful writings on women oppression and unflinching criticism of religion, despite forced exile and multiple fatwas calling for her death. She has received the prestigious literary award Ananda from India, The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament, the Kurt Tucholsky Award from Swedish PEN, the Simone de Beauvoir Award and Human Rights Award from France, and UNESCO Madanjeet Singh prize for Promotion of the Tolerance and Non-violence, amongst many others.
National Secular Society
Terry Sanderson is a writer and journalist and current President of the National Secular Society, which campaigns for the separation of church and state. He was prominent in organising the Protest the Pope demonstrations and is a frequent broadcaster and columnist. He is also a well-known gay rights activist and wrote a media monitoring column for Gay Times for 25 years. He has written seven books.
Palestinian blogger and Founder,
Ex-Muslim of France
Waleed Al-Husseini is a Palestinian blogger. In October 2010, the Palestinian Authority arrested him for allegedly blaspheming against Islam on Facebook and in his blog. His arrest garnered international attention. He founded the Council of Ex-Muslims of France in 2013. His ‘I’m Proud to be an Atheist’ Facebook page has more than 110,000 ‘likes’.
Yasmin Rehman is a freelance consultant and doctoral candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her area of research is polygamy and the law. She has worked for more than 20 years predominantly on violence against women, race, faith and gender, and human rights. Yasmin is currently member of the Board of EVAW (End Violence Against Women Coalition), an Independent Adviser for City of London Police and a member of the Centre for Secular Space.