Presentation of Grassrootsmobilise at EuARe Annual Conference

4 March 2019

European Academy of Religion Annual Conference 2019, Bologna

On 4 March Effie Fokas presented the Grassrootsmobilise project as part of a panel on European Funded Projects at the European Academy of Religion (EuARe) Annual Conference that was held in Bologna from 4-7 March 2019, alongside a number of other engaging religion-related projects. Here she summarised project results, presented the lines of analysis currently being applied to the project’s data, and exchanged experiences with other research project leaders.

The full conference programme is available here.

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Symposium: Religion and Education in the Shadow of the European Court of Human Rights

Politics and Religion, 2019, Vol. 12, Supplement S1

A symposium on the “indirect effects” of the European Court of Human Rights jurisprudence on the place of religion in the educational sphere. The symposium showcases empirical research providing critical insight into how the Court’s decisions may influence related domestic debates, raise public consciousness, and change how social actors perceive their rights and articulate their right claims in the area of religion and education. The research underpinning this symposium represents a clear departure from existing scholarship in this domain: it examines the impact of the Court not from the top-down (Court impact on states and their legislative frameworks) but from grassroots level upwards, in seeking to understand whether, how and to what extent Court decisions influence grassroots level actors’ conceptions of their rights in the domain of religion and education and their efforts to secure new rights vis-à-vis their states.

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Panel on ‘Religious Education in the Greek Context: Papageorgiou v. Greece and Beyond’

16 February 2019

Conference on ‘Religions & Human Rights’, Faculty of Theology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Grassrootsmobilise was recently invited to organise a panel at the University of Athens Conference on ‘Religions & Human Rights’ (13-16 February 2019). This panel on ‘Religious Education in the Greek Context: Papageorgiou v. Greece and Beyond’ brought together scholars and practitioners from Greece and abroad to explore this highly relevant topic from various perspectives.
Effie Fokas discussed ‘Grassrootsmobilise engagements with religious education’, Juris Rudevskis gave an ‘Overview of ECtHR case law related to religion and education’, Margarita Markoviti gave a presentation entitled ‘”We were desperate to find a parent for a case on exemption to the ECtHR!” – Tracing the steps of the mobilisation in ‘Papageorgiou and Others v. Greece‘, Evie Zambeta discussed ‘Religious education and human rights in Greek schools’, and Marios Koukounaras-Liagkis explored the ‘What “to understand religions” really means today and why states should provide an education about religions and non-religious convictions’. A stimulating discussion followed.

The conference programme is available here (in Greek).

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From the Mediterranean Crisis to Brexit: transformations and challenges of citizens’ European identity

17 January 2019

LSE Hellenic Observatory Public Lecture – Megaron Karatza, Athens, Greece

On Thursday, 17 January 2019 Effie Fokas participated in this highly interesting event hosted by the London School of Economics’ Hellenic Observatory and chaired by Kevin Featherstone at the Megaron Karatza in Athens. The main talk by Michael Bruter, and consequent discussion by Effie Fokas, explored the nature of European identity and assessed how widespread it is and what it means to citizens. It also discussed the consequences of European identity on European solidarity, on the split of European societies, and on the transforming nature of protest and Euroscepticism across our continent.

Further information is available here.

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