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Faith and Culture: The Politics of Belief

fc2012_paneldiscussion Faith and Culture: The Politics of Belief was a four-day lecture series which took place from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 June at BMW Edge, Federation Square.

Curated by celebrated writer and moral philosopher Raimond Gaita, our speakers – philosophers and theologians, historians and writers, believers and non-believers – considered what it can mean to be religious, and what role the voice of faith may legitimately have in the conversations of citizens in a multicultural, democratic state and in the community of nations.

In his letter of invitation to speakers, Gaita wrote: ‘I have chosen people whose authority to speak on these matters strikes me as undeniable. Their authority lies not only in the fact that they “know their subject”, but also in the seriousness and authenticity of their engagement with it.’

Here, we present a record of the series — including each speaker’s full lecture notes and audio recordings of the discussions. We hope you’ll find them as engaging and valuable as we do.

This series was presented with the support of the Sidney Myer Fund.

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Raimond Gaita: The Voice of Faith and Public Reason

Introduction

Watch Raimond Gaita’s introductory video for the series here.

Keynote address

Download the lecture notes: PDF
Listen to the podcast: MP3
Watch the video: online

Panel discussion

With Raimond Gaita, Asma Barlas, Bernadette Tobin, Susan Neiman and Scott Stephens.

Listen to the podcast: MP3
Watch the video: online

Stanley Hauerwas: Church Matters

Keynote address

Download the lecture notes: PDF
Listen to the podcast: MP3

Panel discussion

With Stanley Hauerwas, Kristina Keneally, Morag Fraser and Philip Freier.

Listen to the podcast: MP3

Tariq Modood: The Voice of Faith and the Challenge of Democratic Multiculturalism

Keynote address

Download the lecture notes: PDF
Listen to the podcast: MP3

Asma Barlas: Thinking of Muslims in ‘Morally Relevant Ways’

Keynote address

Download the lecture notes: PDF
Listen to the podcast: MP3

Susan Neiman: The Voice of Faith and the Challenge of Reason in National and International Politics

Keynote address

Download the lecture notes: PDF
Listen to the podcast: MP3

Faith, Multiculturalism and the Community of Nations

Panel discussion

With Tariq Modood, Asma Barlas, Susan Neiman and Shakira Hussein.

Listen to the podcast: MP3

Dipesh Chakrabarty: Faith, Bad Faith and Popular Culture in Indian Public Life: From the Colonial Period to the Present

Keynote address

Download the lecture notes: PDF
Listen to the podcast: MP3

Panel discussion

With Dipesh Chakrabarty, Barry Hill, Sundhya Pahuja and Justice Susan Crennan.

Listen to the podcast: MP3

Bernard Avishai: Jewish Identity, the Hebrew Republic and Democratic Faith

Keynote address

Download the lecture notes: PDF
Listen to the podcast: MP3

Panel discussion

With Bernard Avishai, Geoffrey Brahm Levey, Arnold Zable and Johnny Baker.

Listen to the podcast: MP3


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