Presentation at the Conference ‘Religious Diversity and Tolerance in Europe and Turkey’

6 June 2014

London School of Economics

Organiser: Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies, London School of Economics

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This conference brought together scholars who work on related issues regarding religious pluralism in Turkey and in different countries across Europe. The aim was to understand the larger socio-political processes and discourses that shape and define religious diversity with an emphasis on similarities and differences.

In this context, Effie presented a paper on ‘Religious Freedom versus national identity’, which developed the notion that many religious freedom limitations are strongly linked to the often banal but not always benign expressions of the relationship between religion and national identity (whether that relationship be positive, as in the Greek or Norwegian case, or negative, as in the French or Turkish cases).

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Presentation of the Grassrootsmobilise programme at the University of Uppsala

11 June 2014

Uppsala, Sweden

uppsalaOrganiser: Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University

As part of her guest lectureship this year at the Faculty of Theology of Uppsala University, Effie gave a seminar presentation on the Grassrootsmobilise programme to a group of PhD students working on the intersections between religion and law. In late September she will return to Uppsala to deliver a lecture related to the Grassrootsmobilise programme as well as to contribute to the Masters students’ research training programme.

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Grassrootsmobilise Kick-off meeting

kickoff7-8 March 2014

Athens, Greece

Organiser: ELIAMEP

In March 2014 ELIAMEP hosted the team members and the distinguished advisory board of the Grassrootsmobilise programme for the  Kick-off meeting. Here the programme members started their 5-year collaboration by contributing to the development of the theoretical framework of the research programme and collectively fine-tuning the methodology for the fieldwork to be conducted by the post-doctoral researchers in the four country cases.

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Presentation of the Grassrootsmobilise programme at the ‘International Congress on Religious Pluralism Management’

30-31 January 2014

Madrid, Casa Árabe

Organiser: Observatorio del Pluralismo Religioso en España

The Observatorio brought together at this forum representatives and leaders of State and municipal institutions, international institutions and organisations, religious denominations and national and international researchers from over 12 countries to debate on religious pluralism management from different perspectives. The main objective of this meeting was to provide public managers and policy makers a forum for the exchange of models and practices of management in an international framework.

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Presentation at the seminar on ‘Political modernity and the responses of contemporary Orthodox theology’

16-17 January 2014

Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM), Vienna, Austria

Organiser: Institute for Human Sciences Vienna and the University of Vienna (Departments of Social Ethics and of Political Sciences)

This workshop brought together leading scholars in theology and the study of Orthodox Christian Churches across Europe and the United States for a highly topical discussion of the ways in which Orthodox Christianity today understands and relates to the political. In virtue of the relational triangle church-state-people, this workshop raised, amongst other questions, the following: Do Orthodox Churches conceive of this triangle in terms of the church, state and a people or in terms of church, state and persons? What is the difference between these two options and the consequences for an Orthodox political theology? How do Orthodox Churches conceive of the state and its role for human well – being? How do Orthodox Churches think about themselves, about the role and place of the church and its social function in a pluralistic society?

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