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Religious Studies/Philosophy: Ethics & Religion – Issues of Life & Death – Ghosts & Religious Experience Across Time – University Tutorial With Dr Maria Serban From University of East Anglia

March 14 @ 11:10 - 11:55

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In this live interactive Religious Studies/Philosophy tutorial, we will be joined by Dr Maria Serban, Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies at University of East Anglia, who will explore Ethics & Religion – Issues of Life & Death – Ghosts and Religious Experience across Time.

The full context/introduction to this live and interactive discussion is provided in a Headliner recorded resource below. This recording can be watched as a class activity or independently in preparation for the discussion.


People across eras, religions and cultures have always been curious about the spiritual world that might exist beyond death. In particular, thoughts, fears and visions of ghosts are often taken to provide deep insights into the fuzzy boundary between life and death. Catholic theology remains amenable to the existence of ghosts allowing that God may permit dead individuals to visit the living ones left behind.  Religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism support a belief in ghosts, but ghosts play only a minor role in the religion itself. While there is less consensus in Judaism as to the status of ghosts, Jewish oral traditions include stories of evil ghosts and kindly, helpful ghosts who try to insert themselves in human affairs. Join me in this session to explore some fascinating insights about ghosts from the Japanese Neo-Confucian tradition and discover unexpected threads that run across world religions’ attitudes to ghosts. 




The session aims to deepen students’ understanding of the topic whilst enabling them to access and experience a live online university tutorial.


Lecturer Profile: Dr Maria Serban


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to the Headliner recording will continue to be accessible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5, and equivalent, students studying or with an interest in studying Religious Studies/Philosophy and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to watch the Headliner recording and consider some of the key issues and any questions raised.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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March 14
11:10 - 11:55
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