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Programme for the Study of Religion and Non-Religion
London School of Economics
Department of Anthropology
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London WC2A 2AE



Coordinator: Matthew Engelke  


Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6775




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The Forum on Religion, originally based in the LSE's European Institute, is now part of the Programme for the Study of Religion and Non-Religion. The Forum hosts the Programme's public lectures and an interdisciplinary seminar series, which are free and open to all.

Details and podcasts (where available) of previous events can be found at the Forum on Religion Past Events page.


Personal Names, Protestants Missions, and Colonial Rule in Angola (1900-1975)

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Time: 5.00pm-6.30pm

Venue: OLD 6.05 (Seligman Library), 6th Floor, Old Building, Houghton Street, LSE

Speaker: Dr Iracema Dulley

Iracema Dulley


How can one explain the widespread transformations in naming patterns in 20th century Angola? This paper relates the reconfiguration of personal names to the presence of Catholic and Protestant missions in a context in which social mobility depended on being Christian and/or possessing a Christian name.





Recent Events

St Paul, Wonder and World: an Encounter between Theologians and Anthropologists

Date: Tuesday 19 May 2015

Time: 2-5pm

Venue: Virginia Woolf Building (22 Kingsway),  Room VB 3.01

This is the second in the Social Science and Theology seminar series, co-organized by King’s College London’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the LSE’s Programme for the Study of Religion and Nonreligion, supported by London Arts and Humanities Partnership.

This is an interdisciplinary seminar with a focus on St Paul and the implications of his life and teachings for understandings of society and the human today. It brings perspectives from within Pauline biblical and theological scholarship together with trends in the anthropology of ontology and wonder in light of contemporary social and political theory. Noted critical theorist, Prof. Arthur Bradley (Lancaster University) will present a paper on political theories of radical social change in relation to the writings of St Paul, who was himself the instigator of unparalleled social change.

We warmly welcome all Staff and Postgraduate Students who may be interested in attending this seminar. It would be appreciated if prior notification of attendance could be sent to Dr Michael W. Scott ( or Prof. Oliver Davies (


Forum on Religion and Department of Anthropology Public Discussion


Date: Thursday 7 May 2015

Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speakers: Dr Laura Bear, Professor David Graeber, Professor Bill Maurer

Chair: Reverend Dr Giles Fraser

Can “bad money” be made good? Leading economic anthropologists will debate the morality of money, philosophies of philanthropy, and the lure of redemption.

Laura Bear is Associate Professor of Anthropology at LSE.

David Graeber (@davidgraeber) is Professor of Anthropology at LSE.

Bill Maurer is Professor of Anthropology and Law at UC Irvine.

Giles Fraser (@giles_fraser) is a Priest, former Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and Guardian columnist.