Previous events



16th October - Clash of the Titans: Barth versus Hegel

14th October - Undergraduate Open Day

11th October - Is the Sacred Spatial?

4th October - Philosophy Society Seminar Series

3rd October - Academic freedom and free speech in a time of 'terror'

27th September - Big Data and Christian Ethics

13th July - The 'Joyful Challenge' of Minority Congregations' Use of Anglican Church Spaces in a Diverse Urban Diocese

11th July - A sector deal on disability

6th July - Podcast: Roundtable: The UK terror attacks

9th June - Cognition, Affect and Motivation: Conceptual and Empirical issues

6th June - The Spirit of the Atonement: Pentecostal Challenges to the Christian Tradition

6th June - Walter J. Hollenweger Lecture 2017

5th June - Future desires, the agony argument, and subjectivism about reasons

1st June - Blood oil

1st-2nd June - Humanitarian ethics and action

31st May - Title to be confirmed

25th May - Optimism and success

18th May - Moral responsibility – hard cases

17th May - Title to be confirmed

16th May - Religion and foreign policy: a Brussels perspective

15th May - Seminar title to be confirmed

10th May - The Dead Sea Scrolls, Austerity, and the Role of Elites

10th May - United for Peace - Unity through Poetry

9th May - The Place of Sacred Art: A symposium exploring the interpretation of sacred art in secular and faith contexts

3rd May - Ungrounded ground

27th March - Exploring Radicalisation and Securitisation

21st March - Nasir al-Din Tusi and the Problem of Truthmaking in Medieval Arabic Thought

14th March - Seeing the Face of the Divine: Conceptions of God and the Cosmos in early Medieval Shiʿi Thought

13th March - Grounding, reduction and analysis

10th March - Heavenly bodies: with what kind of bodies will we come?

9th March - Like the angels? gender and procreation in Mark 12

7th March - Scriptural hermeneutics as philosophy: al-Shahrastani's Mafatih al-Asrar

7th March - The righteous amputees in Mark 9

6th March - Talking corpse or resurrected body: what can we know about the resurrection of Jesus in John?

2nd March - Reclaiming Hope: Faith in the Obama White House

28th February - Jewish Materials (isrāʾīlīyāt) in the Qurʾān and the 'Anxiety of Influence': Reflections on a Religious Debate

27th February - Knowing things

21st February - On European Islam: New Pathways beyond Orientalism and Occidentalism

16th February - Workshop on Cecile Fabre's Cosmopolitan Peace

8th February - The Spirit of Dis/continuity: Pentecostalism in a South African Township'

7th February - Contesting Ibn Taymiyyah: the debate between Muhammad ibn 'Abdul Wahhāb and his brother Sulayman

31st January - Publicly Funded Islamic Education in Europe: an opportunity for equal rights or a way to control Islam?

30th January - Idealism and the mind-body problem

24th January - I give you my word: Law and Medieval Islamicate Societies

21st-22nd January - Virtues of greatness: ​approaches to the past and present of magnanimity

20th January - 'On Cosmopolitanism: Equality, Ecology and the Transition to a Fairer World' Workshop

17th-30th January - Objects of Knowledge in Kalām

16th January - Into the Frying Pan: Moral Responsibility and Excuses

10th-30th January - From Banning Burkinis to Halal Hysteria: constructing Islamophobia in the social and political spaces

4th-5th January - The new methods of ethics, conference 2


7th December - Philosophy Work in Progress seminar

6th December - Ibn Taymiyya's uses of Ibn Rushd on God's attributes

1st December - What we do not talk when we talk about rescuers of Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland

29th November - Questions in the history of Muslim education

28th November - Who's Afraid of Andrea Dworkin? Feminism and the Analytic Philosophy of Sex?

22nd November - Is there a crisis in Muslim masculinity? Exploring the construction of Muslim masculinity in contemporary times and the impact of this

14th November - Equality and Variation

9th November - Philosophy Work in Progress seminar

8th November - The legal status of Muslims in Switzerland

1st November - Megachurches and Social Engagement in London Conference

25th October - A jurist among judges: The role of the mufti in South Asia

18th October - Can the idea of a British Islam be rescued? Using the example of institutional change to trace British Muslim integration

17th October - Philosophy Society seminar title tbc

12th October - Biases, beliefs and responsiveness to evidence

11th October - The School of Ra'y: Legal rationalism and its place in the early classical Hanafi school

10th October - Project PERFECT: Uncoupling Mental Illness from Irrationality

4th October - Using the 'other': Morisco 'borrowings' from Christian authors

3rd October - Reasoning and Consequence for Indicative Conditionals

23rd September - Philosophy of religion one-day workshop

15th-16th September - The new methods of ethics, conference 1

5th-7th September - British Patristics Conference

10th-12th July - BAJS Conference 2016: The Texture of Jewish Tradition: Investigations in Textuality

28th June - Philosophy of Religion Workshop

17th-18th June - Grounding and Consciousness Conference

15th June - Creating Kosher culture: Orthodox Jewish women making literature, music and film

14th June - Pentecostalism, the Body, and Embodiment

9th June - Let's talk about the Demands of Beauty

8th June - Get to the back of the Bus! Images of Orthodox Jewish women in the US, England and Canada

5th June - Millennium Own Goals?

3rd June - Cheating, corruption, and sport

26th May - How Pot (and other recreational drugs) Can Cure Racism

26th-27th May - Topics in global justice: agency, power and policy

24th May - Faith in social action: where next?

9th May - Action in ethics

9th May - Agency Without Rationality

25th April - Preference capture

18th March - Normativity in metaethics and epistemology

16th March - Philosophy Work in Progress Seminar

15th March - Points on translation and interpretation of the Qur'an

10th March - Global challenges: the contributions of social science

8th March - Muslims Living in non-Muslim Lands: Anti-Sharia Movements in the West in Light of Traditional Islamic Jurisprudence

8th March - National conversations: whose feathers are ruffled?

7th March - Credibility assessment in asylum interviews: a case of epistemic exploitation?

3rd March - Rethinking the metropolis: the unexpected can and does happen

2nd March - Philosophy Work in Progress Seminar

1st March - Thinking locally: continuity and change

25th-26th February - Optimism – Its nature, causes and effects

23rd February - Understanding gender in the apocalyptic and utopian thinking of so called Islamic State

22nd February - What is the basis of social cognition? On behaviour-reading, mindreading, and nativism

10th February - Decisions at the end of life: Halachah (Jewish law) meets reality?

9th February - From Europe to the Gulf: religious rituals among Shia women in London and Kuwait

4th-5th February - False but Useful Beliefs

3rd February - Philosophy Work in Progress Seminar

2nd February - Muslims living in non-Muslim lands: anti-Sharia movements in the West in light of traditional Islamic jurisprudence

1st February - Towards a grand unified theory of reference

27th January - The Afterlife of Biblical Texts

26th January - The Houthis: their history, ideology and impact on the future of Yemen

19th January - Hermeneutics of a justice orientated reading of Shari'a in Shi'i thought

8th January - Will the real Ibn Taymiyya please stand up? Hunting for Ibn Taymiyya's theological ethics.


9th December - AHRC M3C and WRoCAH DTP Policy Engagement Workshop: Religion Education Government Policy

8th December - The Hidden World of Islam in Britain: Tawiz, Sihr and Exorcism

1st December - The Mosque in the Qur'an

30th November - An Almost Carnapian Defence of Metaphysics

27th November - Belief and Emotion

24th November - The Houthis: their history, ideology and impact on the future of Yemen

20th November - Imperatives and their logic

17th November - Hermeneutics of a justice orientated reading of Shari'a in Shi'i thought

10th November - The Minimalisation of Christianity under Islamic rule.

9th November - Acquaintance with The Self

27th October - Abrogation in the Qur'an: History and Myths

20th October - Islam in Europe: Retrenchment and Renewal

19th October - A call for bioethics' creative reengagement with SRISPR/Cas9 genome editing debate

14th-15th October - Globalisation of beauty workshop

13th October - Mutahhari, the Ideologue of the Iranian Revolution.

2nd-25th October - The Birmingham Qur'an Manuscript Exhibition

9th September - 8th Philosophy of Religion One-Day Workshop

8th September - Special Event: Germany's Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context

21st July - Giving Women Their Place in Holocaust History

20th July - German Concentration Camps Factual Survey

30th June - Delusions lunchtime seminar

25th June - Good and Evil in Biblical and Post-Biblical Traditions

3rd-4th June - Professionals, practitioners and beauty norms

27th-28th May - Birmingham workshop on probability and time travel

21st-22nd May - Global Gender Justice: New Directions

9th-10th April - Ethics and/or Politics: Approaching the Issues Concerning Nonhuman Animals

21st March - Public Lecture: The Kalam Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God

20th March - Just Pretend

19th-20th March - Making Ontological Commitments

17th March - The Challenge of Platonism

16th March - Sight, Sound and Mental Health

16th March - The Descendants: Changing Identity to Rectify Injustice

16th March - Divine Aseity

2nd March - Unstable Betting Behaviour and Imprecise Probabilities

2nd-5th March - Ninth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament

25th February - Julius Wellhausen and the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

16th February - The John Hick archives project

2nd February - Quantified Epistemic Modality

19th January - Choosing To Change Your Values: Transformative Experience and Decision Making


1st December - The Best Available Parent

29th November - Midlands3Cities DTP studentships 2015 - Application writing workshop

26th November - Global Justice and the Global South

25th November - Global Justice and the Global South

25th November-3rd December - The Edward Cadbury Lectures 2014

22nd November - The tickle stick: the importance of happiness and how to get it

17th November - Epistemic Expansions

12th November - (Mis)representing and reconstructing the role of the "four women" in the Auschwitz Sonderkommando uprising

30th October - Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity - Creation, Reception and Impact

20th October - How Not To Talk About Anger

20th October - The Auschwitz Sonderkommando Uprising: Piecing Together an Account

9th October - 7th Philosophy of Religion One-Day Workshop

3rd October - The University, the Study of Religion and the Public Square

29th September - Aesthetics and Value

22nd September - Sixth Annual Rabbi Tann Memorial Lecture

6th-7th August - In the unjust meantime

11th-13th July - Joint Session 2014

4th July - Emergencies and affected peoples: philosophy, policy and practice

2nd July - Becoming a Sacred Text: postgraduate Biblical Studies conference 2014

16th-17th June - New Directions in Public Reason

13th June - Philosophy of Religion one-day workshop

10th June - Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies research seminars

9th June - Are some Qumran caves more special than others?

6th June - Royal Institute of Philosophy Workshop: time and well-being

4th June - Scholars of Islam workshop

3rd June - Philosophical progress and reasonable optimism

2nd June - Women in Genesis

30th May - The ethics of humanitarian intervention

27th May - Wise choices

24th May - Perfect me! at the Hay Festival

22nd May-1st June - Hay Festival

20th May - Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies research seminars

19th May - The comparative badness for animals of death and suffering

16th May - Birmingham Workshops in Philosophy: Metaethics

12th May - Aesthetic adjectives

8th-9th May - Costs and Benefits of Imperfect Cognitions Workshop

6th May - What abilities are not

29th April - Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies research seminars

29th April - The Torah of Moses in the light of the Dead Sea scrolls

28th April - CAL interdisciplinary workshop: talking research

31st March - Urban Theology Forum guest lecture

27th March - Why things look different in the shade

24th March - Advaita Vedanta and British Idealism

21st March - Birmingham Workshops in Philosophy: Capacities

21st March - 366 Days of Kindness – A Talk

18th March - Save the Children Fund Film

17th March - Mental Illness: Philosophy, Ethics and Society

17th March - Predictive Coding

17th-21st March - What is it to be human? (event cancelled)

13th March - Heaven and Hell

12th March - Birmingham Workshops in Philosophy: Belief

3rd March - TBA

3rd March - A Painful Legacy: Martin Luther and the Jews

28th February - Philosophy of Religion one day workshop

26th February - Birmingham Workshops in Philosophy: Truth and Vagueness

24th February - Structure and Quasi-Structure of Objects

24th February - Jewish Survival in early-modern Catholic Europe: Inquisition, Ghettoisation and Community

19th February - Commemoration & conflict workshop - 'challenges for HE practitioners in history, area studies & philosophical and religious studies

11th February - Reincarnation

10th February - Naming, Saying and Structure

4th February - Said Nursi's notion of sacred science: Its function and application in Hizmet High School education

3rd February - Could a Jew Be a Gentleman in Victorian England?

29th January - Writing the History of the Jews of Poland and Russia

27th January - Vague Desire: the Sorites and the Money Pump

22nd January - Birmingham Workshops in Philosophy: Non-Standard Logic

21st January - How can we research Islam properly in the current climate?

20th January - Human dignity: a useful concept?


11th December - Birmingham Workshops in Philosophy: Understanding and the A Priori

10th December - The Arabic-Afrikaans manuscript tradition: Its material production and theological impact on South Africa's Muslims

9th December - History and Non-Identity

7th December - Workshop: perfecting your PhD application

4th December - The Kindertransport in History and Memory

3rd December - Living without why. A Muslim's attempt to authenticity

28th November - Alba Fedeli, Early Qur'anic Manuscripts in the Mingana Collection

28th November - Text Seminar, Autumn 2013

27th November - British memory and representation of the Kindertransport

25th November - Impossible Worlds

22nd November - Birmingham Workshops in Philosophy: Semantics and Pragmatics

18th November - Poor Heuristics

18th November - The Kindertransport in Retrospect

14th November - Text Seminar, Autumn 2013

13th November - Tolstoy's question: the ecological preconditions of global justice

1st-2nd November - Consent: A capacious and contentious concept in feminist, legal, philosophical, and queer contexts

29th October - The World's Oldest Bible

29th October - The World's Oldest Bible

28th October - Why virtue ethics does not have a problem with right action

21st October - The Morality of Private War

16th October - West Midlands Remembers

11th-12th October - Birmingham Workshops in Philosophy: Fundamentality

7th October - Taking Morality Mathematically: Enoch's Indispensability Argument

3rd July - Unity and Diversity in Text and Tradition

27th June - Collaborative partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions: dismantling the roadblocks

22nd June - Undergraduate open day

21st June - Undergraduate open day

20th June - Undergraduate open day

13th June - Workshop: Interpersonal Narratives and Mental Health

11th June - Testing prayer: why Pentecostal healing should be studied empirically

10th June - "'O beastly Jews': Jewish Responses to that Venerable Tradition"

7th-8th June - My night with philosophers

6th June - Public engagement in health care priority setting

31st May - Human enhancement: three perspectives

29th May - David Parker at the Hay Festival of Literature and Arts

29th May - The World's Oldest Bible: How technology shapes belief

15th May - Postgraduate workshop: Improving your writing skills

15th May - Subjective well-being: when, and why, it matters

13th May - Actions, reasons, and presuppositions

10th May - Professor Thomas Pogge (Yale)

9th May - Three puzzles about spatial experience

8th May - Philosophy of Religion one-day workshop

1st May - Workshop: Metaphysics of Time

30th April - The origins of Anglo Jewry in Birmingham

29th April - Conceptual Cosmopolitanism: What conceptual relativity might be and could do

22nd April - Interpreting what Achilles said to the tortoise

21st March - Moral Responsibility and Psychopathology Workshop

21st March - Objective Faith? the Spiritual Object Studio Portrait Series

21st March - Homeric commentaries and paraphrases: Eustathius of Thessalonica in search of Demosthenes Thrax

20th March - Faith Schools - blessing or curse?

19th March - The Fifth Annual Rabbi Tann Memorial Lecture

19th March - Online chat: Postgraduate programmes in Philosophy

18th March - Online chat: Postgraduate programmes in Philosophy

18th March - Introducing Christian-Muslim Relations: a bibliographical history

18th March - Ecocritical readings of Modern Hebrew literature and recent Israeli fiction

11th March - Nature as metaphor in Modern Hebrew literature

7th March - Meleager rides the rails: Kenneth Rexroth's Greek Anthology

5th March - Public lecture: Al-Ghazali and the construction of reality in Islamic culture

5th-7th March - The Eighth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament

4th March - Philosophy Society: Bart Streumer

4th-6th March - Birmingham Colloquium 2013

21st February - Romespeak: Why de Lingua Latina?

19th February - Sufism Islamic mysticism or is it just an essential aspect of Islam?

15th-16th February - Britain Tortures Too Conference

7th February - The Optical Neume Recognition Project

5th February - Islamism and the empowerment of women in Syria

5th February - UG Philosophy Society: John Broome

4th February - Maimonides Versus Nahmanides On Fighting for the Land of Israel: Some Reflections on Jewish Theology

1st February - Annual Philosophy of Religion Workshop

28th January - How reliable is the story of the Nag Hammadi discoveries?

28th January - Philosophy Society: Ben Colburn

28th January - Postgraduate student workshop

24th January - The Book of the Dead in Nineteenth-Century Britain

22nd January-19th March - The Cadbury Lectures 2013 - Department of Theology and Religion

16th January - Online chat: College of Arts and Law Scholarships 2013

15th January - Kitab al-Majdal in the 11th century Historical setting

10th January - Will the real Poseidonios stand up? The History and its recyclage


5th December - Postgraduate Research Seminar

5th December - College of Arts and Law Scholarships 2013

4th December - Islamic Studies seminar

29th November - Text seminar series

28th November - Postgraduate Research Seminar

27th November - Islamic Studies seminar

27th November - MOSAIC Research Seminar

22nd November - Text seminar series

21st November - Postgraduate Research Seminar

20th November - Islamic Studies seminar

19th November-3rd December - Global Ethics Talks Autumn 2012

14th November - Postgraduate Research Seminar

13th November - Islamic Studies seminar

13th November - MOSAIC Research Seminar

8th November - Text seminar series

7th November - Postgraduate Research Seminar

6th-13th November - Islamic Studies seminar

29th October - Biblical Studies Research Day

24th October-5th November - Postgraduate Research Seminar

23rd October - Islamic Studies seminar

22nd October - The Fourth Annual Rabbi Tann Memorial Lecture

17th October-5th November - Postgraduate Research Seminar

17th October-5th November - Postgraduate Research Seminar

16th October - Islamic Studies seminar

9th October - Islamic Studies seminar

9th October - Islamic Studies seminar

8th October - The Mingana Collection and the Ancient Qur'anic Fragments

4th October - Theology, Faith and the City Network: Urban Shifts

4th-15th October - Text Seminar Series

26th September-5th November - Postgraduate Research Seminar

10th June - How The Light Gets In

8th June - The Good Life: Theory and Practice

6th June - Biblical Texts and Reception History: retrospect and prospects

6th June - Professor Geza Vermes

25th April - Women in Philosophy

25th April - Substance Dualism: Public lecture

20th March - Kippur

19th March - Philosophy Society: Ann Whittle

14th March - Applicant Visit Day

12th March - Philosophy Society: Christian Piller

7th March - The Meaning of Life: Public Lecture

6th-8th March - Lemon Tree

6th-16th March - The Cadbury Lectures 2012

27th February - Philosophy Society: John Bigelow

27th February - Philosophy Society: Stephan Torre

24th February - Middle East Symposium

22nd February - Applicant Visit Day

21st February - Biblical Studies Research Day

20th February - Philosophy Society: Andrew Sepielli

13th-18th February - University community project to help young adults express their dreams

8th February - Applicant Visit Day: Philosophy, Religion and Ethics VV56

30th January - On Preferring Gods Non-existence: Seminar