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Religion and Global Society invites you to be part of a new interdisciplinary network for PhD students and early career researchers working on religion that we’re running in conjunction with the blog. Through this network, PhD students and early career researchers at LSE whose work relates to religion (however tangentially) will have the opportunity to meet with one another and to learn about each other’s work. In due course we will invite guest speakers and there will also be opportunities to present your own research to peers. There will be two separate meetings this February owing to diary clashes.

Details for the February Religion Scholars Network meetings:

Date: Wednesday 13 February
Time: 3pm-4.30pm
Location: 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, room 32L.G.07


Date: Wednesday 27 February
Time: 11am-12.30pm
Location: 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, room 32L.G.07

Theme: ‘Challenging Assumptions’

  • What assumptions surrounding secularisation and modernity have you encountered, and how can they be challenged?
  • What assumptions have you faced as a social scientist researching religion, at LSE and elsewhere? How should they be challenged?
  • While conducting your research, what assumptions have been (or could potentially be) made about you as an individual? This can be questioning of your motives for conducting such research based on your actual or possible religious views/affiliation. There is the potential for suspicion, accusations of positive or negative bias, questioning of ‘loyalty’ etc. This is relevant to all social scientists but is perhaps particularly complex and salient regarding religion. How have you negotiated these challenges?

If you would like to attend either meeting please email me at

Feel free to pass this on to anyone else within the School who may be interested. If you have any questions please get in touch.


Daniel Coyne
Managing Editor
LSE Religion and Global Society

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