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 and you can listen to the presentation 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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Participation in Conference on ‘Religions and Human Rights’ and Grassrootsmobilise meeting on national courts and the legal status of religious minorities

 

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14-17 April 2016

Padua, Italy

Between the 14th and 17th April 2016 the Grassrootsmobilise team met in Padua both to participate in the conference on ‘Religions and Human Rights’ organised by the University of Padova’s Human Rights Centre, as well as to hold their research progress meeting.

The group was joined during their team meeting by Professor Eileen Barker, Professor Lori Beaman, Professor Silvio Ferrari and Professor James T. Richardson, in order to discuss the progress of their work concerning the legal status of religious minorities, as well as the results of their study of mass media references to Court’s religion-related case law in each country context. On the second day of our meeting we discussed plans for stages 2 and 3 of our study of references to the Court’s religion-related case law in national high courts (the results of which will be presented in Oxford in September 2016 as part of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS) Conference on ‘Freedom of/for/from/within religion: Differing dimensions of a Common Right?’.

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Grassrootsmobilise Meeting on Religion and Education

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16 – 19 November 2015

Istanbul, Turkey

Organiser: ELIAMEP

The Grassrootsmobilise team met in Istanbul between the 16th and 19th November 2015 to discuss the progress of their research. They had the honour of being joined by Dr. Riza Turmen, Professor Marco Ventura, Dr. Jeroen Temperman and Dr. Katayoun Alidadi, as well as by Advisory Board Members Professor Marie-Claire Foblets, Professor Haldun Gülalp and Professor Javier Martínez-Torrón.

Discussions were centered on the postdoctoral researchers’ current research focus, religion and education in the shadow of the ECtHR, and the related articles they are in the process of completing for a journal special issue. The group also explored the next stages of the research, namely references to the Court’s religion-related case law in mass media and in high courts in our four country cases.

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Participation of Grassrootsmobilise Researchers in ILGA Annual Conference

28-31 October 2015

ILGA Annual Conference, Divani Caravel Hotel, Athens, Greece

Based on the theme ‘Many voices, One movement – Together, mobilised for a just society’, ILGA Europe (the European branch of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association), an international non-governmental umbrella organisation bringing together over 400 organisations from 45 European countries, held its Annual conference in Athens from the 28th to the 31st October. The four-day programme offered the numerous participants an array of interesting panels and plenaries. The Grassrootsmobilise researchers from Greece, Italy and Romania took this opportunity to present their proposed research questions on ‘Grassroots Mobilisations at the Intersection of Religion with LGBT Rights’ via a small discussion event on the evening of Thursday, 29th October. Here the researchers introduced the key debates in each country context studied around LGBT rights that also tend to mobilise religious interest groups, such as civil unions and same-sex marriage, and gender and sex education. They then opened up the discussion to hear the views of the audience about their different national experiences on issues that are found at the intersection of religion and LGBT rights and on the role of the European Court of Human Rights in the promotion of the audience’s interests.

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Participation in ‘Conference in Preparation for the 2016 Council of the Orthodox Church’ at Fordham University

26 – 27 June 2015

Fordham University School of Law, New York City

In 2016, the leaders of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches from around the world will gather at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople/Istanbul for a much discussed and anticipated ‘Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church’. This conference at Fordham University entailed a series of papers and panel discussions addressing several themes from the Agenda for the 2016 Council, including ‘Autocephaly and Diaspora’; ‘the Canonical Impediments to Marriage’; ‘Ecumenical Relations’; ‘the Contribution of the Orthodox Church to the Realization of Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood, and Love among Peoples’; and ‘Fasting regulations’. The conference brought together over 30 scholars from various disciplines to discuss the potential framework for discussions of each of these topics at the 2016 Council. Effie Fokas, Grassrootsmobilise Principal Investigator, chaired the panel discussion on Ecumenical Relations. The keynote address was delivered by Metropolitan Bishop Kallistos Ware, University of Oxford.

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Grassrootsmobilise ‘In the Field’ Meeting

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19/06/2015 – 20/06/2015

Fougaro, Nafplio, Greece

Organiser: ELIAMEP

On the 19th and 20th June 2015 Eliamep hosted the team members and the post-doctoral researchers, as well as Professor Ruud Koopmans and Advisory Board member Dr. Dilek Kurban, for the third meeting of the Grassrootsmobilise Research Programme, in Nafplio, Greece. The programme members met at the Fougaro cultural centre to discuss the progress of the researcher’s interview research in Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey and their preliminary results, as well as to plan for the next stages of the research.

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Participation in the Conference on ‘The Governance of Religious Diversity, More or Less Secularism?’

10-12 June 2015

Sala Europa, Villa Schifanoia

The European University Institute conference entitled ‘The Governance of Religious Diversity More or Less Secularism?’ examined four main research questions: Is the best way to deal with religious diversity to accept more religion in public life for both majorities and minorities or to move towards radical secularism? Is there a principled, normative answer to this question or is it a matter of context and issues at hand? Thus, under some conditions more religion is desirable and in others more secularism must apply and our decisions shall be framed differently depending on whether we discuss gender relations or blasphemy/freedom of expression laws? What can we learn from policies and practices in the Middle East and Asia where religious plurality has for long periods been the norm rather than the exception? Since religion can neither be wholly privatised nor allowed to dominate political life, what are the best ways of accommodating it in a democratic society? What are the “battlefields” of religious diversity in the years to come?

Principle Investigator Effie Fokas participated in the roundtable discussion on ‘Identifying Battlefields for the Next Decade’.

For more information about this conference, please see here.

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