This year, we are exploring ‘Identities & Belonging’ from a variety of perspectives, through a series of interdisciplinary conferences, panel debates, seminars and retreats.

Identities and belonging are symbiotic: they lie at the heart of our social lives and structures. The many ways in which we identify ourselves, and the different ways that people identify us in return, depend on a wide range of factors, including our work and employment status, age, gender, ethnic background, social class, religiosity or cultural background.

In 2018-19, our annual series on 'Identities & Belonging' is exploring:

  • How governments, institutions and community practitioners 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 in response to increasingly fluid and diverse identities and visions of belonging.

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

Events in the series

Exploring Identities & Belonging

Cumberland Conversation

18 October 2018

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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 & 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 & 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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Life Beyond the PhD 2019

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

27-31 August 2019

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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.

Conference bursaries

We are pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries to help those in higher education and with limited financial means, or representatives from not-for-profit organisations, to attend our conferences. For an application form and more information please email our Programme Department at