Callum Brown – The People of No Religion


In partnership with the NSRN (Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network), it is our pleasure to bring you the audio recordings of five very important lectures. Please follow this link for details of the other four lectures – by Grace Davie, Humeira Iqtidar, Jonathan Lanman and Monika Wohlrab-Sahr – and details of the relationship between the Religious Studies Project and the NSRN.

This podcast presents one of the keynote lectures from the NSRN’s biennial conference, delivered by Callum Brown at Goldsmiths, University of London, in July 2012, entitled The People of No Religion.


Callum Brown is Professor of Religious and Cultural History at the University of Dundee. He is a social and cultural historian with special research interests in religion and secularisation in the post 1750 period – especially in the 20th and 21st centuries – mostly in Scotland and Britain, but also Canada, USA and Ireland. He is perhaps best known for his book The Death of Christian Britain, published in 2000, and his most recent book was published in November, entitled Religion and the Demographic Revolution: Women and Secularisation in Canada, Ireland, UK and USA since the 1960s and this looks at demographic behaviour in the North Atlantic world, and the correlations between gender change, the sexual revolution, changes in patterns of marriage and cohabitation, and changes in religious ritual (such as religious solemnisation of marriage, baptism and funeral rites), and incorporates considerable statistical research. He has also been interviewed previously for the Religious Studies Project on Historical Approaches to (Losing) Religion.

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