Keynote address by Effie Fokas at 35th Biennial ISSR Conference

9-12 July 2019

35th Biennial ISSR Conference, Barcelona

The 35th Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR) on ‘The Politics of Religion and Spirituality’ took place from 9-12 July 2019 in Barcelona. On 10 July Effie Fokas delivered a keynote address during the plenary session, on ‘Rights not working? Grassroots level impact of the European Court of Human Rights on religion’. The presentation examined a main conclusion in the Grassrootsmobilise research project, regarding the relatively little awareness and uses of European Court of Human Rights religion-related case law at the grassroots level and exploring the reasons for and ‘consequences’ of the latter.

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Presentation on ‘Mobilizing to define “marriage” in the Constitution’

9 July 2019

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Hamburg

On 9 July Mihai Popa gave a presentation at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, of the University of Hamburg, on ‘Mobilizing to define “marriage” in the Constitution: Europeanization, changing family law, and the development of religious activism in Romania’.

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Presentation at King’s College London seminar on ‘How Minority Religions React to the Law’

1 June 2019

King’s College London

Effie Fokas was invited to present her research on the legal status of religious minorities and the impact of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), as well as to discuss the Grassrootsmobilise project more generally, at the seminar on ‘How Minority Religions React to the Law’ organised by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London on 1 June 2019. She presented alongside a number of scholars, practitioners and representatives of religious minorities to an audience highly engaged in the study of religious minorities.

Further information available here.

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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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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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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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