Life on the Breadline Conference [Online]: Faith-Based Activism in Austerity Britain


About The Event

by Coventry University

Date: September 11, 2020

Venue: Online

Registration is now open for the Life on the Breadline Conference: Faith-Based Activism in Austerity Britain – an online half day academic conference exploring faith-based responses to poverty and austerity.

How has austerity impacted people in the UK? What are the implications of this for theology and faith-based social action? Two years into the Life on the Breadline research, this conference grapples with these questions with a particular focus on Christian responses to UK poverty and austerity.

In addition to presentations from the Life on the Breadline team, we are pleased to announce two keynote speakers: Human geographer Dr Sarah Marie Hall from the University of Manchester speaking on the legacies of austerity from her recent ethnographies of everyday austerity, and theologian Professor Rachel Muers from the University of Leeds speaking on Christian social action and class.

The provisional timetable is:

09:30 – Conference starts: Introduction
09:35 – Life on the Breadline: the unequal impact of austerity and challenges for theology – Chris Shannahan, Stephanie Denning and Robert Beckford
09:55 – Keynote – Sarah Marie Hall (University of Manchester), followed by Q&A
10:45 – Break
10:55 – Keynote – Rachel Muers (University of Leeds), followed by Q&A
11:45 – Break
11:55 – Political theology responds to the challenges of austerity – Peter Scott
12:15 – Whole group discussion
12:35 – Closing: call for action
12:40 – End

The conference is free to attend and registration through Eventbrite will be open until 8th September 2020.

This conference is part of the ESRC funded project ‘Life on the Breadline: Christianity, Poverty and Politics in the 21st Century City’. Life on the Breadline represents one of the first major fieldwork-based theological analyses of Christian action on UK poverty during the ‘age of austerity’.

Organized by the Life on the Breadline research team: Dr Chris Shannahan, Professor Robert Beckford, Professor Peter Scott, and Dr Stephanie Denning


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