Call for Papers: 500 word proposals by 4 May. Conference registration now open.
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The main event in the life of the society each year is the annual conference, held each September. The conference includes plenary papers from international experts in the field. There are also short papers and discussion groups, and morning and evening prayer. The weekend aims to be marked by collegiality and new friendships, with numerous opportunities for relaxed discussions amidst drinks receptions, pleasant surroundings, and good food. On Saturday evening there is a formal conference dinner, after which a notable public figure addresses the society on its given topic from the perspectives of civic life. Most recently, former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister Tony Benn addressed the topic of managerialism in 2007, and in 2008 the Rt Hon John Battle MP, formerly faith advisor to Tony Blair, reflected on the place of the religion in modern political life. The 2010 keynote speaker was Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, who addressed the politics of climate change.
Below, you will find a list of previous conference themes. Click on a theme to find additional details pertaining to that conference (including recordings of plenary addresses when available, and archived conference programmes).
If you would like to recommend a theme for our next conference, please click this link. Note: only those with current active SSCE memberships can submit conference theme recommendations. Please also note that we plan conferences out two years in advance, so the "next conference" will likely be considered for two calendar years in the future.