The Centre for the Study of Divided Societies, King’s College London
I am Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies, which is a global focal point for teaching and research on the political, social, cultural, religious and ethno-national problems that divide and unite societies across the modern world. An interdisciplinary forum for academic excellence, historians, theologians, social scientists, policy makers and practitioners come together to share knowledge and contribute to their field in ever more relevant times. It serves as a platform and flagship for the development of scholarly enterprises by leading researchers seeking to further knowledge on ethnic-conflict regulation, peace processes, third party intervention and truth and reconciliation processes.
Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN)
From 2008-2020, I was Co-Director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (https://nsrn.net), the first global, interdisciplinary network advancing social science research on secularity and nonreligion. I helped establish the NSRN as a powerful academic voice in this new area of research, with an international membership of 250 scholars. The network has had a critical role in advancing evidence-based, social scientic contributions to the debate on atheism, religion and public life, receiving media coverage in The New York Times, Der Spiegal, The Guardian and on the BBC. I hosted the NSRN annual conference at King’s College London in July 2018. I currently sit on the NSRN Advisory Board.
Religion and its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity
With Lois Lee and Johannes Quack I am co-editor of the book series, Religion and its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity (DeGruyter Press).
The series Religion and Its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity (RIO) considers the multiple relations between religion, nonreligion and secularity. Monographs, edited volumes and readers in this series are concerned with the forming and reforming of religious traditions in relation to their cultural and political contexts, their boundaries and what is beyond those boundaries. The series explores apparently nonreligious or ‘irreligious’ phenomena that are significantly related to religion (including forms of atheism, agnosticism, indifference) and modes of differentiation between religion and its various others, often institutionalized in cultural, legal and political orders. Affiliated with the interdisciplinary Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (http://nsrn.net), the series publishes research from across disciplines, including religious studies; anthropology, sociology and psychology of religions; history and philosophy of religions; political, cultural and area studies; media and communication studies; and studies of visual and performing arts.
See https://www.degruyter.com/view/serial/247534 for more details.
Cambridge Centre for Palestine Studies
I sit on the Academic Advisory Board of the Cambridge Centre for Palestine Studies
I sit on the editorial boards of the following journals:
- Secularism & Nonreligion http://www.secularismandnonreligion.org/
- Religion, State and Society http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crss20/current
- New Strategist http://www.ccw.ox.ac.uk/the-new-strategist/