Grassrootsmobilise Workshop on Religion and education in the ECtHR context: Papageorgiou v. Greece and beyond

29 March 2019

Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

On Friday 29 March 2019 Grassrootsmobilise brought together actors directly or indirectly engaged in religious education in the Greek context and/or in the European Court of Human Rights case on religious education of Papageorgiou and Others v. Greece (for which the Grassrootsmobilise research team submitted a Third Party Intervention to the ECtHR), as well as scholars external to Greece with an expertise in religious education in the European and ECtHR contexts, for a highly constructive discussion of the significance and potential implications of the Papageorgiou case for religious education in Europe.

The workshop programme is available here.

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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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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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Orthodoxy on Trial: Majority Orthodox States and Religious Freedom at the European Court of Human Rights

9-12 January 2019

IOTA Inaugural Conference: Pan-Orthodox Unity and Conciliarity

On 11 January Effie Fokas presented her paper ‘Orthodoxy on Trial: Majority Orthodox States and Religious Freedom at the European Court of Human Rights’ at the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) Inaugural Conference that took place in Iasi, Romania. Her paper analysed the European Court of Human Rights’ religious freedom judgements against majority Orthodox states to trace potential patterns across the various cases.

The conference programme is available here.

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OSJI-EIN Join Events

29 November – 1 December 2018

OSJI-EIN Join Events, Strasbourg

Effie Fokas was recently invited to participate in the joint events organised by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) and the European Implementation Network (EIN) in Strasbourg. On 29 November she attended the Litigators’ meeting for ECHR Litigators and EIN members, followed by a roundtable discussion at the European Court of Human Rights. The next day the participants were invited to a meeting between the Court and representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations and international Bar Associations, with the aim of discussing practical aspects of bringing cases before the Court and general problems encountered in the context of Court proceedings, as well as to exchange views on some of the challenges facing the Convention system.

On 1 December Effie Fokas attended the EIN Annual General Meeting and Network Event, where she had the opportunity to learn more about how NGOs mobilize around the Court’s case law.

Further information is available here.

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Blasphemy: the Perspective of the European Court of Human Rights

24 November 2018

‘Blasphemy and Multiculturalism’ Conference, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences

On Saturday 24 November Effie Fokas discussed the engagements of the European Court of Human Rights with the issue of blasphemy, at the second day of the conference ‘Blasphemy and Multiculturalism’ organised by Panteion University of Athens

The conference programme is available here (in Greek).

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Orthodoxy on Trial: Majority Orthodox states and religious freedom at the European Court of Human Rights

9 November 2018

2nd Panhellenic Meeting of Theologions

On Friday 9 November Effie Fokas participated in the first day’s proceedings of the ‘2nd Panhellenic Meeting of Theologions’ (9-11 November 2018), organized by the Panhellenic Theological Association KAIROS. She presented aspects of her research on majority Orthodox states and religious freedom at the European Court of Human Rights.

The conference programme is available here (in Greek).

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Localized human rights and local secularism

30 August – 1 September 2018

Mid-Term Conference, Sociology of Religion RN ESA, University of Turin, Campus Luigi Einaudi

On 31 August Alberta Giorgi participated in the European Sociological Association (ESA) Sociology of Religion Research Network Mid-Term Conference on the theme ‘Religions and Identities in the European Migration Crisis’. Her presentation on ‘Localized human rights and local secularism’ explored the complex role that the redefinition of the government scalarity plays in the governance of religious diversity, specifically investigating the tensions between the municipal, regional and national governments through a focus on Italy.

The conference programme is available here.

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Europeanisation of Religion-Related Activism? Forms, Effects and Paradoxes

13-15 June 2018

European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Groups, Sciences Po, Paris, SGEU Conference

On 15 June 2018 Alberta Giorgi presented her paper entitled ‘Europeanisation of Religion-Related Activism? Forms, Effects and Paradoxes’ as part of the panel ‘The Populist Right and EU Civil Society’, at this year’s ECPR Standing Group on the European Union (SGEU) conference.

Her contribution focused on Italy as a case-study, drawing on data collected in the framework of the Grassrootsmobilise project (including interviews, document and media analysis). It explored the different forms that the Europeanization of religion-related activism takes considering different actors (religious majority; religious minority groups; LGBT and atheist NGOs) and identified the main factors underlying differences. Secondly, it investigated the effects of the Europeanization of religion-related issues, on the one side, and religion-related actors, on the others. In relation to the actors, the analysis showed how Europeanization of activism is related to both the varying degree of access to different aspects of the ‘EU opportunity structure’ and, more interestingly, to the actors’ identity and self-representations. Furthermore, in relation to the issues, the analysis highlighted that, paradoxically, the Europeanization of religion-related issues often makes them a domestic concern.

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