About The Conference
2014, a year which saw the return of Noah to the big screen, began with a UKIP councillor claiming that the winter flooding was divine retribution for the legalisation of gay marriage. In these and manifold other examples, we see the intersection of popular fictional narratives, religiously informed rhetoric - with political inferences - and ambiguous attitudes towards our natural environment.
Religions, Environments and Popular Culture brought together postgraduates to explore interactions and intersections between these three themes. This was the second in an annual series of interdisciplinary conferences hosted by the University of Manchester's School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC) which bring together postgraduates from across SALC and beyond at the start of the academic year (the first conference, Writing Beyond Borders took place on 20 September 2013).
The conference included a keynote paper from Jenn Ashworth (Lancaster) and concluded with a conversation between Professor Peter Scott (Manchester) and Dr. Stefan Skrimshire (Leeds). More information about the keynote speakers can be found here.
The programme is available here. A selection of photographs of the day can be found here.
Religions, Environments and Popular Culture was organised by a group of postgraduates from English, American Studies & Creative Writing and Religions & Theology and was kindly supported by artsmethods@manchester.