Presentations and Lectures

Invited Lectures (some available for download in powerpoint)

  • 11 November 2010, LSE Forum on Religion, London School of Economics
  • 7 October, participated in Battle of Ideas Satellite panel, ‘Papal plots, burqa bans: what does it mean to be secular today?’, Foyle’s Bookshop, London
  • 3 October 2010, Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, Australia
  • 7 September 2010, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina
  • 11 July 2010 –South Place Ethical Society, London
  • 10 June 2010 –Iona Institute, Dublin
  • 6 May 2010- ICSR (International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation), King’s College, University of London
  • 5 May 2010 –Reading Public Library
  • Debate on Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth, with Dominic Lawson of The Sunday Times at Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), London. Moderated by Laurie Taylor and co-sponsored by New Humanist magazine, 15 April 2010
  • 4 March 2010, Appearance at Jewish Book Week, on panel with Dominique Moisi and John Kampfner on panel on ‘Threats to our Democracy’, London
  • 10-13 March 2010: ‘Sacralization by Stealth?: The Religious Consequences of Low Fertility in Europe’, for workshop on Wither the Child?: Causes, Consequences & Responses to Low Fertility, hosted by the Social Trends Institute, Barcelona
  • 27 October 2009 ‘The Demography of Religion in Europe’, for visiting Chinese delegation, Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, Birkbeck College, London
  • 17 October 2009: ‘Only an atheist can be a good Christian; only a Christian can be a good atheist’, Debate on Ernst Bloch’s Atheism in Christianity, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, London (podcasted event)
  • 30 September-1 Oct 2009 – ‘ ‘The Demography of Salafism’, for ‘The Future of the Global Jihadist Movement’, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), King’s College, together with National Intelligence Council and Chatham House, UK
  • 29 May 2009 – ‘The Role of Islam in the Re-Sacralization of Europe’, lunchtime speech for conference on ‘The Political Future of Muslim Communities in Western Europe: Implications for Western European States in 2030’, National Intelligence Council and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
  • 17 April, 2009 – ‘The Power of Ethnicity?: the Geographic Limits to Modernist Theories of Intra-State Violence’, Intrastate Conflict Seminar, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
  • 14 April 2009 – ‘From Loyalty to Resistance: The Orange Order in a Changing Ulster, 1969-2007’, Boston College, Boston, MA
  • 24 March 2009 – ‘The Role of the Second Demographic Transition in Secularism’s Evolutionary Demise’, Evolution, Cognition, and Culture Seminar, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • 16 March 2009 – ‘Dominant Ethnicity: Majority Groups, Dominant Minorities and Conflict’, Civil Conflict Workshop, Department of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • 27 February 2009 – ‘Religious Fundamentalism as the End of History?: The Political Demography of the Abrahamic Faiths’ International Affairs/Political Science, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • 20 February 2009 – ‘The Lenses of Nationhood: A Grand Theory of National Identity’, Montreal Research Group on Ethnic Conflict seminar, McGill University, Montreal, PQ
  • 9 February 2009 – Invited panelist, ‘Inter-Ethnic Relations in Quebec: The ‘Accommodations Crisis’ and The Bouchard-Taylor Report’, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • 5 February 2009 – ‘Religious Fundamentalism as the End of History?: The Political Demography of the Abrahamic Faiths’, International Security Program Seminar, Belfer Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • 27 January 2009 – ‘Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth’, Department of History, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • 12 December 2008 – ‘Demographic Trends in Religion’, for conference on ‘Global religious trends:  risks and opportunities for the United States’, National Intelligence Council and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
  • 7 November 2008 – ‘The Orange Order, Unionism and the Peace Process’, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • 20 November, 2008 ‘The Next American Voter: the political demography of American partisanship’, American Politics Research Workshop, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • 6 November 2008 – ‘Sacralization by Stealth?: The Demography of De-Secularization in Europe’, Institute for the Study of Religion, Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • 29 October 2008 – ‘Sacralization by Stealth: Religion Returns to Europe’, Riley Institute Public Lecture, Furman University, Greenville, SC. Also participated on panel on the headscarf controversy in Europe
  • 24 October 2008 – ‘Islamism, Religiosity and Fertility in the Muslim world’, Pew Forum for Religious Research, Washington, DC
  • 15 June 2008 – ‘The Demography of Europe, Today and Tomorrow’, NACS (Association for Convenience & Petroleum Retailing) Global Forum, Munich, Germany
  • 30 May 2008 – Lecture at Writer’s Week Literary Festival, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland
  • 25 & 26 February, 2008 – Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?:Demography, Religion and Radicalization’, for “Policing, Justice and Security in a Diverse Canada: Building an Empirical Evidence Base”, Government of Canada, Hampton Inn Ottawa & Conference Centre
  • 21-22 February 2008 – Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State/National Intelligence Council, ‘National Intelligence Council and Intelligence Community Study Group on the Middle East 2025′, Meridian International Center, Washington [invited roundtable participant]
  • 30 January 2008 – ‘Visualising Nationhood – A Grand Theory of National Identity’, ASEN seminar series, LSE, London15 January 2008 – Invited Panelist, 2008 Fulbright Debate, ‘Is Multiculturalism Dead’, Notre Dame University, London
  • 13 December, 2007 – ‘From Loyalty to Resistance: The Orange Order in a Changing Ulster, 1963-2007′, Queen’s University of Belfast Irish Studies Seminar
  • 25 October 2007, ‘Loyalism’, discussion with Paul Bew, Steve Bruce and myself, moderated by BBC’s William Crawley, Belfast Literary Festival, Elmwood Hall
  • 19 October 2007, ‘Dominant Ethnicity and Integration: the Estonian Case’, Tallinn Conference on Conceptualizing Integration, Estonian Ministry of Integration
  • 4 July 2007, ‘Sacralisation by Stealth: Demography, Religion and Politics in Europe’, JPR (Institute for Jewish Policy Research), London
  • 3 July 2007 – ‘Minorities, Multiculturalism, and Contemporary US Politics: The Return of Assimilation’, University of Westminster conference for ‘A’ level teachers, London
  • 22 June 2007 – To lecture on ‘Faith’s Comeback?: The Demographic Revival of Religion in Europe’, The Council of European Episcopal Conferences, ‘A New Humanism For Europe: The Role of the Universities’, Rome, Italy
  • ‘Dominant Ethnicity and Dominant Nationhood: Empirical and Normative Aspects’, at conference on ‘Majority and state nationalism: ethnicity, culture and politics/Nationalisme majoritaire et étatique: ethnicité, culture et politique’, Université de Québec a Montréal, 5 April 2007
  • 14 September 2006 – Invited to lecture on ‘Ethnicity in Europe’ at Jean Monnet European Centre, Trento, Italy
  • 2 June 2005 – Invited to speak for the motion at Oxford Union annual debate/dinner on Multiculturalism in Britain (University of Oxford). Other speakers for the motion were Trevor Phillips, Ted Cantle and Baronness Uddin.
  • 2 March 2005 – ‘From Deference to Defiance: the Transformation of the Orange Order since 1950,’ Institute for the Study of Social Change, University College, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1 March 2005 – Invited to participate on roundtable, ‘Britishness Today’, chaired by David Goodhart (Prospect Magazine) and Gordon Brown (Chancellor of the Exchequer). Department of the Treasury, London. (Proceedings published in April 2005 issue of Prospect)9 December 2004 – ‘The Orange Order in comparative perspective: Northern Ireland, Scotland and Canada,’ Institute of Irish Studies, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Invited to sit on roundtable, ‘Is Britain too Diverse?’, chaired by David Goodhart (Prospect Magazine), Political Studies Association, Lincoln, 6 April 2004
  • 19 February, 2004 – ‘The Dynamics of Intra-Party Support for the Good Friday Agreement in the Ulster Unionist Party‘, for conference on ‘New Representations: the use of Geodemographic Classifications in Research and Public Service Delivery, joint ESRC/NERC/EPSRC Transdisciplinary Seminar Series and ESRC Research Methods Seminar Series, UCL, London, England
  • 19 February, 2004 – ‘The Orange Order and Politics in Northern Ireland and Canada: A Comparative Perspective,’ Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, England
  • 13-15 June, 2003 – Keynote address: ‘National Ethnicity and the Modern State,’ for conference on ‘Statehood Beyond Ethnicity: From the Early Modern to the Present State, A Comparative Study of Smaller States in Northern and Eastern Europe,’ University College of Southern Stockholm, in collaboration with Northern European Historical Research Network (NEHRN)
  • 5 March 2002 – ‘The Dynamics of Orangeism in Northern Ireland,’ Department of Politics and International Relations, University of the West of England, Bristol
  • 27 February, 2002 – ‘The ‘Real World': The Sensory Basis of Social Concepts’, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, England
  • 21 January 2001 – ‘The Decline of the WASP?: The Orange Order and Dominant Ethnic Decline in Canada and Northern Ireland,’ Centre for Ethnicity and Pluralism Studies, University of Toronto, Canada.

Conference Presentations (some available for download in powerpoint)

  • ‘Why Ethnicity is Linked to Civil War: The Case for, and Limits of, Perennialism’, American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, September 2-6, 2010
  • ‘The Demography of Religious Radicalism’, American Political Science Association, Toronto, September 3-6, 2009
  • ‘The Next American Voter: The Political Demography of American Partisanship’, American Political Science Association, Toronto, September 3-6, 2009
  • “‘Go Forth and Multiply’: the Politics of Religious Demography” (co-authored with V. Skirbekk), for conference on ‘Demography and Security: The Politics of Population Change’, Weatherhead Center, Harvard University, May 1-2, 2009
  • ‘The Future of American Religion to 2050’, Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture (ASREC) conference, Crystal City, VA, April 5, 2009
  • ‘Islamism, Religiosity and Fertility in the Muslim World’, International Studies Association, New York, February 18, 2009
  • ‘Demographic Radicalization?: The Religiosity-Fertility Nexus and Politics’, International Studies Association, New York, February 18, 2009
  • ‘A ‘Fear of Being Swamped': Why Modernity Leads to Ethno-Demographic Conflict’, American Political Science Association, Boston, 28-31 August, 2008
  • ‘Secularism, Fundamentalism or Catholicism: the Religious Composition of the United States to 2043’, American Political Science Association, Boston, August 28-31, 2008
  • ‘Islamism, Religiosity and Fertility in the Muslim World’, European Population Conference, Barcelona, July 9-12, 2008
  • ‘An Optical Model of National Identity’, “Nationalism, East and West: Civic and Ethnic Conceptions of Nationhood”, LSE, London, 15-17 April 2008
  • ‘Eurabia?: the Foreign Policy Implications of West Europe’s Religious Composition in 2025 and Beyond’, International Studies Association (ISA), San Francisco, March 25-29, 2008
  • ‘Immigration and National Identity in England: Contemporary Developments in Comparative Perspective’, European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), Lisbon, Portugal, 27 Feb – 1 March, 2008
  • ‘Religion and Politics: The Demographic Imperative’, for panel on ‘Religion & International Order’, American Political Science Association (APSA), Chicago, Aug 30- Sept 2, 2007
  • ‘The Orange Order and ‘No’ Unionism since 1998′, Conference on ‘Reviewing the Good Friday Agreement: Effects, impact and prospects’, University of Wolverhampton, UK 27-28 June 2007
  • ASEN Conference: The Lenses of Nationhood – An Optical Model of Identity, 17 April 2007, London School of Economics
  • ‘Dominant Ethnicity: A Normative Exploration’, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) conference , ‘The Dark Face of Nationalism’ , LSE , London, 19 April 2007
  • ‘The Religious Shall Inherit the Earth?: De-Secularisation and the Demographic Imperative’, American Political, Science Association (APSA), Philadelphia, August 31, 2006
  • ‘The Demographic Contradictions of Liberal Capitalism: Rethinking Daniel Bell’s Theory’, Libertarian Hawks or Cultural Communitarians? Neoconservatism and the Legacy of the New York Intellectuals, Birkbeck College, 24-25 May 2006
  • ‘The Storm Behind Lodge Doors: The Orange Order in Northern Ireland, 1995-2005′, Political Studies Association, Reading, UK 5 April, 2006
  • ‘A Dying Creed?: The Demographic Contradictions of Liberal Capitalism’, ESRC UPTAP programme meetings, University of Leeds, 30-31 March 2006
  • Presentation on North American perspective, for Roundtable ‘Integrating the Other in France: The Banlieues Riots in International Perspective’, European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), Amsterdam, 22-25 March 2006
  • Presentation on North American cases, for Roundtable on ‘Global Perspectives on the Ethnic-Civic Nationalism Dilemma,’ American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, 5-8 January 2006
  • ‘The Orange Order in Ontario, Newfoundland, Scotland and Northern Ireland: A Macro-Social Analysis’, The Orange Order in Canada, University of Toronto/Institute for Ulster-Scots Studies, University of Toronto, Canada, 5-6 November 2005
  • “The Decline of the WASP?: Anglo-Protestant Ethnicity and the American Nation-State” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, September 1, 2005
  • ‘Dominant ethnicity: from background to foreground’, CRONEM (Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism) conference on ‘The Future of Multicultural Britain: Meeting Across Boundaries,’ University of Surrey, Roehampton, 14-15 June 2005
  • ‘Revenge of the Grassroots: The Transformation of the Orange Order since 1950′ for ESRC/University of Ulster conference on ‘Unionism and Orangeism in Northern Ireland: Past, Present and Future’, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, 9 June 2005
  • ‘The Rise of Cosmopolitanism in the West: A Comparison of the United States and European Union, Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) conference, ‘Nation and Empire’, LSE, London, 22 April, 2005
  • From Deference to Defiance: the Transformation of the Orange Order since 1950,‘ Institute for the Study of Social Change, University College, Dublin, Ireland, 2 March 2005
  • Dominant Ethnicity: From Background to Foreground,’ International Political Science Association conference on Ethnicity and Politics, University of Ottawa, Canada, 30 September – 2 Oct 2004
  • ‘From Deference to Defiance: the Transformation of the Orange Order since 1950,’ for conference on ‘Northern Ireland: A Civil or Uncivil Society’, University of the West of England, Bristol, 25 September 2004
  • The Orange Order in Newfoundland in the 20th Century: A Comparative Analysis’, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, 19 May, 2004
  • Orangeism in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland and Ontario: A Comparative Perspective,’ Renvall Institute for Area and Cultural Studies, ‘The Celtic Connection in North America,’ University of Helsinki, 5-7 May 2004
  • ‘ “Dominant Ethnicity” in the Work of A.D. Smith’, for Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) conference, ‘When is the Nation?’, LSE, London, 23 April, 2004
  • ‘The Decline of the UUP: an electoral analysis’, Political Studies Association, Lincoln, England, 6 April 2004
  • ‘Conceptualising Dominant Ethnicity, Past and Present,’ European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC), Berlin, Germany, 26 March 2004
  • The Dynamics of Intra-Party Support for the Good Friday Agreement in the Ulster Unionist Party,’ ESRC/University of Ulster ‘ “Simply British?”: The Ulster Unionist Party and Devolution from Craig to Trimble,’ Belfast, Northern Ireland, 19 March 2004
  • ‘Theoretical Overview,’ Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism/ESRC, ‘Dominant Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities,’ 16 December, 2002, London School of Economics, London, England
  • ‘Twentieth Century Orangeism in Comparative Perspective,’ ESRC/University of Ulster at Jordanstown, ‘Orangeism and Popular Unionism,’ November 8, 2002, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • ‘The Orange Order in the Twentieth Century: A Comparative Analysis of N. Ireland, Scotland, Newfoundland and Ontario,’ Canadian Political Science Association, May 29-31, 2002, Toronto, Canada
  • ‘The Decline of the Orange Order and the Crisis of British-Canadian Ethnicity, 1920-70,’ Institute of Commonwealth Studies, ‘Canada and the End of Empire,’ April 26-28, 2001, London, England
  • ‘The Decline of Sectarianism in the West?: A Comparison of the Orange Order in Canada and Ulster,’ International Political Science Association, August 1-5, 2000, Quebec City, Canada
  • ‘Liberal Ethnicity: Beyond Liberal Nationalism and Minority Rights,’ Canadian Political Science Association, July 27-30, 2000, Quebec City, Canada,
  • ‘National Ethnicity: the Empirical and Normative Status of Majority Groups,’ University of Bristol Department of Sociology, ‘Nationalism and Minority Rights,’ 16-19 September, 1999, Bristol, England
  • ‘Naturalizing the Nation: Northern Landscape and Canadian Identity,’ British Association for Canadian Studies, ‘Culture and Context,’ 6-9 April, 1998, University of Staffordshire, England
  • ‘From Anglo-Saxon to Avant-Garde: Modernism and White American Identity Since 1913,’ British Association for American Studies, ‘Identifying America,’ 6 December, 1997, Exeter University, England
  • ‘The End of Anglo-America?: Theorizing the Decline of National Ethnicity in the United States and English Canada,’ American Sociological Association, ‘Bridges for Sociology,’ 9-13 August, 1997, Sheraton Centre, Toronto, Canada
  • ‘American Exceptionalism Reconsidered: the Case of WASP America,’ British Association of American Studies, ‘Reconstructing America,’ 4-7 April, 1997, University of Birmingham, England
  • ‘Condemned to Rootlessness: The Loyalist Origins of Canada’s Identity Crisis,’ British Association for Canadian Studies, 24-27 March, 1997, University of Swansea, Wales
  • ‘Beyond the End of History: the Coming Utilitarian Revolution,’ Utilitas, ‘Utilitarianism Reconsidered,’ 22-23 March, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  • ‘ “Anglo versus Cosmopolitan”: the Genesis of a New Boundary in English-Canadian Political Culture,’ British Association for Canadian Studies, ‘Boundaries,’ 3-5 May, 1996, Edinburgh University, Scotland

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