Identity and a sense of belonging are symbiotic in their nature: they are at the core of our social lives.

The way in which we choose to identify ourselves, or how others identify us, whether in social situations or institutionally, depends on factors such as employment, gender, ethnic background, age and religiosity.

Within this context, our 2018-19 series on 'Identities & Belonging' is exploring:

  • How governments can promote the multiple faiths, cultural differences, values, and viewpoints that characterise a pluralistic society 
  • Whether it is possible for society to accommodate diversity peacefully
  • How society can foster constructive cohesion across social classes and different cultures.

We will address these pressing societal and ethical issues through an interdisciplinary exploration of the interplay between increasingly fluid identities and visions of belonging.

You can follow news and updates on the series on Twitter at #CLidentities.

Events in the series

Exploring Identities and Belonging

Cumberland Conversation

18 October 2018

Find out more here

What Should it Mean to be British?

Cumberland Lodge Debate in Mayfair, London

22 October 2018

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Race in Britain: Inequality, Identity, Belonging

Cumberland Conference

1-2 November 2018

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Commonwealth and International Student Christmas

Residential retreat (for international students studying in the UK) 

17-19 December 2018

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Democracy in Crisis? Moral and Spiritual Resistance

Workshop in partnership with the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ)

7 January 2019

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Difficult Histories and Positive Identities

Cumberland Conference 

25-26 February 2019

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Public keynote lecture

Working Identities

Cumberland Conference 

11-12 March 2019

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Understanding & Policing Gangs

Round-table conference 

21-23 June 2019

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Narrating Identities, Shaping Belonging: Religion and the Media

Media & Public Culture Forum

5-7 July 2019

Look out for further information, coming soon.

Life Beyond the PhD

Residential conference (for doctoral students and early career postdoctoral researchers)

27-31 August 2019

Find out more about this annual event here.

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Download the series brochure from this webpage for further details of this year's events.

Places at the events are deliberately limited because we aim to ensure a balanced and diverse representation of backgrounds and perspectives. However, we welcome all enquiries about attendance.

Take part

To register your interest in participating in our round-table residential conferences, consultations or workshops, please contact our Programme Department at or call 01784 497796. 

Please also share details of the events with friends of colleagues who might be interested. You can keep in touch with all our news and events by signing up to our mailing list for periodic e-newsletters here.

Student bursaries

We offer student bursaries to enable those in third level education with limited financial means to attend our conferences. For an application form and more information please email our Education Officer, Dr Rachel Smillie or Assistant to the Education Officer, Alice Wigley.