UWE Bristol event to explore links between religion, spirituality and sexuality

Issue date: 12 February 2013

Social Science in the City event and book launch

Friday, 22 February, 2013

Time: 18.00 pm

Venue: The Arts House, 108A Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3RU

A new book on contemporary religion and sexuality will be launched at UWE Bristol's Social Science in the City event in Bristol on 22 February. The book is co-edited by Dr Stephen Hunt, Associate Professor, UWE, and Andrew Yip, Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham.

The book draws on research in the area of sexuality and spirituality/religion over the last two decades. Andrew Yip will give a talk on the research at the event. He said, “I will reflect on themes that represent lessons learned primarily from the LGBT and heterosexual individuals of diverse religious faiths and spiritualities I have studied.

“These themes include the inseparability of sexuality and spirituality and the complex and diverse outcomes of the intersection between these two key aspects of life.”

The book, entitled The Ashgate Research Companion to Contemporary Religion and Sexuality, is a comprehensive review of current inter-disciplinary research in this area.

Stephen Hunt said, “It brings together essays on important aspects of sexuality and religion, calling upon sociological, cultural, historical and theological contributions to this under-researched but increasingly relevant and expanding subject.

“The Companion traverses various faith traditions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and new religious movements.

“The talk will be followed by questions and answers and a debate. It is aimed at the public and is relevant given current issues around gay marriage and the response of religious organisations to sexual issues.”

Dr Stella Maile, who organises Social Science in the City, said, “These events are designed to engage the public in research happening at UWE. The talk on 22 February is entitled Researching Sexuality and Religion/Spirituality: Reflections on Some Lessons Learned.”

The event is free but places are limited so to attend please register here.

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