The political impact of the European Court of Human Rights – religious movements’ grassroots mobilizations

12 April, 2017

Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES), University Institute of Lisbon

Researcher Alberta Giorgi was recently invited to present her research on ‘The political impact of the European Court of Human Rights – religious movements’ grassroots mobilizations’ at the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology of the University Institute of Lisbon. The presentation received much interest and was followed by a highly contructive discussion.

 

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Presentation on ‘The Limits of Religious Diversity in the Public Sphere’

14 March, 2017

Department of Sociology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

On Tuesday 14th March Margarita Markoviti, postdoctoral researcher for the Greek case study, was hosted by the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, as part of their ISOR seminar series on ‘Research in Sociology of Religion’. Dr. Markoviti presented her recent research on ‘The Limits of Religious Diversity in the Public Sphere: Freedom of Religious Expression and Worship in the city of Athens’. She discussed her study of the freedom of religious expression and worship in a context of increasing religious pluralism, focusing on the Greek capital of Athens as an indicative case of a city in which the rising waves of immigration have, since the late 1990s and even more recently, challenged both the “prevailing” position of the Orthodox Church in the country and longstanding perceptions of the meaning and use of “public spaces”.

Further information is available here.

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Research Seminar on Religious Pluralism and Education in Greece

21 February, 2017

Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics (LSE), London

On Tuesday, 21st February Principal Investigator Dr. Effie Fokas and the postdoctoral researcher for the Greek case study, Dr. Margarita Markoviti were hosted by the LSE’s Hellenic Observatory. Dr. Fokas presented the Grassrootsmobilise programme as a whole, while Dr. Markoviti discussed her research on religious pluralism and education in Greece, exploring the “radiating effects” of the European Court of Human Rights in a context of prevailing religion and increasing religious pluralism. The presentations were followed by a lively Q&A session and much discussion.

The seminar details and podcast are available here.

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8th Grassrootsmobilise Meeting on the National Courts Study and Single ECtHR Case Study

10-11 February, 2017

Athens, Greece

The Grassrootsmobilise team’s 8th Research Meeting was held in Athens on the 10th and 11th February, 2017. The main aim of the meeting was to discuss the postdoctoral researchers’ recent reports on references to the ECtHR’s religion-related case law in national high courts, as well as their work exploring mobilisations before and after particular ECtHR cases against the respective countries (Vallianatos v. GreeceCosta and Pavan v. ItalySindicatul “Păstorul cel Bun” v. Romania, and Ercep v . Turkey). They were joined in Athens by Advisory Board Member Professor Lucy Vickers, who offered constructive feedback on these aspects of the research, and received further feedback in writing from Advisory Board Member Professor Matthias Koenig on the single ECtHR case studies. During the meeting the team also discussed their plans for publications arising from this research, as well as publications based on the research related to the legal status of religious minorities.

 

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International Workshop on ‘International Legal Mechanisms Ensuring European Unity and Sustainability’

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28-30 November 2016

Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain

Margarita Markoviti, Grassrootsmobilise Researcher for the Greek case study, recently presented her research on ‘Grassroots Perceptions of Religious Freedoms in Education: The Margin of Appreciation in the ECtHR Decisions on Religious Freedom’ at the international workshop organised by the Carlos III University of Madrid on ‘International Legal Mechanisms Ensuring European Unity and Sustainability’, that took place from November 28th to 30th.

The conference programme is available here.

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Grassrootsmobilise presentations on ‘(Dis)locating Religion’ at the ESA Midterm Conference ‘(Dis)locating Europe: Conflicts, challenges and changes’

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28-29 October 2016

Brussels, Belgium

Grassrootsmobilise researchers Alberta Giorgi and Margarita Markoviti participated in the European Sociological Association’s (ESA) conference ‘(Dis)locating Europe: Conflicts, challenges and changes’, in the panel they organised on ‘(Dis)locating Religion’. The conference took place on the 28th and 29th October at the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, with much success.

Alberta Giorgi presented on ‘Scalar secularism: Italy and Portugal in comparison’, while Margarita Markoviti discussed ‘The limits of religious diversity in the public sphere: Regulating places of worship in Athens’.

The conference programme is available here.

 

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EUREL International Conference on ‘Governance and Religion’: Grassrootsmobilise Presentation on Religious Minorities in Italy

29-30 September 2016

Luxembourg

On the 29 and 30 September EUREL (EUrope-RELigion) held an international conference on the theme ‘Governance and Religion’ at the University of Luxembourg. The Grassrootsmobilise programme was represented by Alberta Giorgi, researcher for the Italian case study, whose presentation ‘The legal status and strategic action of religious minorities in Italy: localized human rights’ discussed some of the preliminary results of her fieldwork research on religious minorities in Italy.

The conference programme is available here.

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Participation in Fourth ICLARS Conference, “Freedom of/for/from/in Religion: Differing Dimensions of a Common Right?”, with panel on “Freedom(s) of Religion and the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights”

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8 –11 September 2016

St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, UK

The Fourth ICLARS Conference on “Freedom of/for/from/in Religion: Differing Dimensions of a Common Right?” took place from the 8th to the 11th of September at St. Hugh’s College in Oxford. The Conference featured a number of leading scholars presenting on a broad spectrum of interesting themes; the Grassrootsmobilise researchers participated with their panel on “Freedom(s) of Religion and the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights”, based on the preliminary results of their fieldwork research on the uses of ECtHR religion-related case law in national high courts.

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Grassrootsmobilise Meeting on the National Courts Study and the Legal Status of Religious Minorities

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2-6 July 2016

Athens, Greece

The 6th Grassrootsmobilise research progress meeting took place in Athens between the 2nd and 6th July 2016. The researchers were fortunate enough to be joined in Athens by Professor Monica Claes and Advisory Board Member Professor Julie Ringelheim, who offered feedback on their latest research, particularly in relation to the study of references to the Court’s religion-related case law in national high courts. The meeting was also important in discussing the publications that are currently in development on the legal status of religious minorities, particularly following the presentation of related research at the EASR “Relocating Religion” Conference in Helsinki.

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Participation in EASR “Relocating Religion” Conference, with panel on “Mobilizations around Religion and Education in the Shadow of the European Court of Human Rights”

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28 June – 1 July 2016

Helsinki, Finland

The Grassrootsmobilise researchers recently participated in the European Association of the Study of Religions (EASR) Conference on “Relocating Religions”, which took place in Helsinki between 28 June and 1 July 2016. They presented a group panel on “Mobilizations around Religion and Education in the Shadow of the European Court of Human Rights”, discussing the preliminary results of their fieldwork research on the respective issue area.

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