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Politics, Religion and Objects

Joint British Museum – University of Reading Webinar

This joint event celebrates the opening of the British Museum exhibition, ‘Thomas Becket – Murder and the Making of a Saint’.  The exhibition focuses on connections between politics, religion and objects, which we take as the starting point to open discussions in a range of cultural and historical contexts.

Please email the Research Deans’ Office to register and receiving joining instructions.


11.00 Lloyd DeBeer and Naomi Speakman (British Museum): ‘Becket and the Recusants: St Thomas of Canterbury in the late 16th century’

11.20 Sebastien Rey (British Museum):  ‘The Statue of the Praying Ruler Gudea and its Temple Plan: Ritual, Performance and Politics in Ancient Sumer’

11.40 Rachel Mairs (Classics, University of Reading): ‘Zeus and the Buddha: The Religious Politics of Indo-Greek Coins’

12.00 break (15 minutes)

12.15 Imma Ramos (British Museum): ‘Tantra and revolution in colonial India’

12.35 Alanna Cant (Archaeology, University of Reading): ‘Negotiating the sacred-historic in Mexican Catholic material heritage’

12.55 closing discussion

13.15 end


30 June 2021
11:00 am - 1:15 pm


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