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Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson

Prof Gwen Griffith-DicksonVisiting Professor

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King's College London
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Biography

At Birkbeck, University of London, I was in charge of Theology and Religious Studies, Islamic Studies as well as directing Philosophy at sub-degree level for adult and continuing education. I became Head of School of Arts and Cultural Studies, and then the Director of Doctoral Research.

I was the Gresham Professor for Divinity from 2001-2004 (a three-year role), and in fact the first woman (and first non-Anglican) in the role since the foundation of the College in 1597.

In 2005 I left Birkbeck to found the Lokahi Foundation, which combined academic-standard independent research and grassroots, practical projects in an interfaith and multidisciplinary milieu.

In 2012 I became Vice Principal of Heythrop College, University of London, while continuing as Director of Lokahi. I left Heythrop in January 2015 and joined the department at King’s.

From 2013 to 2015 I have been a Commissioner on the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life, chaired by Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss.

Research interests
  • Comparative theology and philosophy
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Enlightenment theology and philosophy
  • Religious violence and extremism
Selected publications
  • Johann Georg Hamann’s Relational Metacriticism, De Gruyter, 1995
  • A Passion for Critique, Sit Publishers, 1997 (with Herman Browne)
  • Human and Divine, Duckworth, 2000
  • Philosophy of Religion, SCM, 2007
  • Bleedback, Ismo Books, 2016
Expertise and public engagement

I have worked extensively with a range of religious communities in inter-faith work, adult and continuing education, community relations, and countering extremism. For the last ten years in addition to university roles I have run a research institute and social change NGO (‘Lokahi’), one of whose projects prevented a terrorist attack (suicide bombing in Bristol). Among many other projects, we managed the community practitioners engaged in providing interventions for those drawn into extremism and violence

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