Home to more than 600 places of worship, religion is a distinct feature of the everyday life of contemporary Birmingham. Recognising this, Dr Chris Allen from the School of Social Policy organised a series of four ‘conversations’ that sought to explore the city’s religious character as also its increasing diversity. The event consistent of four conversations, each having a different theme, taking place on a different day and in a different location across the city. At each event members of the public had the opportunity to meet, hear and most importantly, have a conversation with leading social scientists in intimate and informal yet open and engaging ways.

The conversation topics were:

      • Religious Diversity in the City of Birmingham with Martin Stringer.
      • Identity, Belonging and Place in Today’s Urban City with Arshad Isakjee.
      • Counter terror and Communities in Birmingham with Imran Awan.
      • Diversity Difference and Discrimination in Birmingham with Chris Allen.