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An interfaith picture is worth a thousand words

2:00pm-3:30pm on Tuesday 30 March

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Rituals, language, architecture and everyday landscapes across the world continue to be shaped by dynamic relationships between people of different beliefs. In various forms, interfaith connections are everywhere! Yet, they are also frequently contested and disrupted by political actors.

This experimental panel engages some emerging academic questions on interfaith environments through visual research. Each of the seven contributors will showcase a single photograph from their own research archives and provide a seven-minute (or 1000-word) long explanation of how the image speaks to some aspect of interfaith relations. Before we proceed to the explanation, however, we will test the adage that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.

All of the participants in the audience will be invited to analyse each image for a minute and write up to seven words of association on the virtual whiteboard. These words will form seven different ‘chain poems’, to be used as prompts for the proceeding Q&A with the researchers. 

The images, 'chain poems' and presentation transcripts will be made available in PDF following the event. 

The panel builds on the work of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme ( in the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge, as well as Dr HadziMuhamedovic’s public engagement project ‘Shared Sacred Landscapes: Interfaith Dialogues in Cambridge’.

Booking/Registration is: RECOMMENDED

Additional Information

Age: Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18
Timing: Live Stream, Available on Demand
Cost: free
Theme: Explore, Environment, Society
Accessibility: Transcript
Image copyright: Safet Hadzimuhamedovic, 2012

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