Are Pornographers Anti-Sex? RPE Professor on Radio 4.

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

RPE’s Professor Melissa Raphael was on Radio Four last night – and you can listen again at  

Melissa Raphael argues that if people are shocked by contemporary pornography it’s not because they are prudes but because, on the contrary, they actually enjoy sex. Pornography, she says, gets its thrill not from sex itself, which it finds monotonous, even disgusting, but from its own acts of transgression. Ironically, she argues, “while pornography has intensified its onslaught against sex, religious attitudes to sex have got ever more celebratory”.

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Back to the future?

Wondering what you might do with a good Humanities degree?


Come and meet some Humanities graduates for an informal networking evening over food and wine. Hear about their career paths and be inspired to think about where you might be going…

11 May, 1830-2030 @ FCH, TC004-005

Annual ICBI Lecture

This year’s annual lecture for the International Centre for Biblical Interpretation will be given by Revd Professor John Barton:

How to read the Old Testament


7.30pm, Wednesday 18 May 2016
TC001, Francis Close Hall Campus
To reserve your place:
(Free admission but booking is essential)
Drinks will be served after the lecture


Black History Month Lectures

In October, the School of Humanities is hosting two lectures for Black History month.

On 14 October (6.30pm), Bonnie Greer, OBE, will speak on Disruption and Insouciance: “We tend to talk a great deal about the past. But what about the future? What tools from the past can we recognize and utilize – things that might seem ‘improper’; ‘unacceptable’, that are, in fact survival mechanisms, and beautiful.”

On 20 October (7.00pm), Gary Younge will explore Free at Last: Reclaiming the Forgotten Stories of Black History: 
“Black History Month gives us all a chance to rescue stories that have been discarded, correct stories that have been mistold and elevate stories that have been downplayed. Black history is not a subgenre of history. Nor does it stand apart from other histories. It makes no more or less sense than American history, Jewish history or Tudor history. Nor is it any more or less diverse – black historians don’t agree on everything just because they’re black. Partial, interconnected, necessary, it is the world’s history told either about or through the prism of a particular group of people.”

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Both lectures will take place in TC001 on the University of Gloucestershire’s Francis Close Hall Campus.

Tickets are £5 (free to University staff and students) and can be booked via the Student Union.

Theology and Religious Studies Open Day

This Saturday, 03 October is an Open Day – an opportunity for potential applicants to come and find out about the Theology and Religious Studies Course and explore why the Guardian has us in the top three Universities for the subject.

Handmade Diwali Diya Lamp in Hand

You can access the Theology and Religious Studies Course page here.

Book a place at the Open Day here.

Not able to come this Saturday? Don’t despair. There are further Open Days on 31 October and 21 November.