ISEND Research Cluster Symposium: Disability, Faith and Inclusion

Date and time
Thursday, 18 May 2023
12.00 - 15.00

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

Symposium Description

This symposium will explore how disability and inclusion are framed within the 6 major world religions. The speakers will discuss areas such as how disability and inclusion are represented in each holy book, scriptures, and teachings, and how the intersections of faith and disability resolve themselves at a practical level in the 21st Century. As such, the symposium will:

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If you have any questions about this event or the work of the ISEND Research Cluster, please feel free to email Dr Geraldene Codina: g.codina@derby.ac.uk

The symposium is designed to be suitable for:

Researchers; advocates of disability, faith, and inclusion; teachers; educators, and social activists.


Session opening and welcome by Goeff Sweeney (University of Derby, Director Multifaith Centre)


Introduction by Dr Geraldene Codina (University of Derby, Institute of Education)

12:20 - 1:50

Disability,  Buddhism and Inclusion Dr Brenda Caldwell Philips (University of Derby, School of Psychology)

Disability,  Christianity and Inclusion Lynda Herbert (Reader, Church of England)

Disability, Hinduism and Inclusion Prof. Nawal Perinja (Educational Director of the Vishwa Hindu Parish UK)

Disability, Islam and Inclusion Dr Ali Akbar (University of Derby, Department of Humanities)

Disability, Judaism and Inclusion Rabbi Gili Zidhiyah (Nottingham Democratic Synagogue)

Disability, Sikhism and Inclusion Dr Hardial Dhillon

1:50 - 2.10 

Refreshments and networking

2.10 - 2.45 - Part 2: Panel Discussion

Questions and Answers from Part 1

Chaired by Wendy Conrad


Closing reflection and vote of thanks from Jo Bishton (University of Derby, Department of Humanities)