Having postponed the Life on the Breadline Conference: Faith-Based Activism in Austerity Britain back in March 2020 due to Covid-19, we pleased to share that the conference will now be online on 11th September 2020 9.30am to 12.40pm BST.

The conference is free to attend but please register in advance through Eventbrite

How has austerity impacted people in the UK? What are the implications of this for theology and faith-based social action? 2 years into the Life on the Breadline research, this conference grapples with these questions with a particular focus on Christian responses to UK poverty and austerity.

The conference will have two keynote speakers: Human geographer Dr Sarah Marie Hall from the University of Manchester speaking on the unequal impact of austerity from her recently published everyday austerity ethnography, and theologian Professor Rachel Muers from the University of Leeds speaking on Christian social action and class.

Credit: Beth Waters

The provisional timetable for the day is:

09:30 – Conference starts: Introduction
09:35 – Life on the Breadline: the unequal impact of austerity and challenges for theology – Chris Shannahan, Stephanie Denning and Robert Beckford
09:55 – Keynote – Sarah Marie Hall (University of Manchester), followed by Q&A
10:45 – Break
10:55 – Keynote – Rachel Muers (University of Leeds), followed by Q&A
11:45 – Break
11:55 – Political theology responds to the challenges of austerity – Peter Scott
12:15 – Whole group discussion
12:35 – Closing: call for action
12:40 – End

The conference will take place online through Microsoft Teams. People who have registered to attend will be emailed the link to join the conference two days beforehand. If you have any questions please email Stephanie at stephanie.denning@coventry.ac.uk