Timisoara Conference of Political Science 2018

22-23 March 2018

West University of Timișoara, Romania

On 22 March 2018 Grassrootsmobilise researcher Mihai Popa participated in the panel on ‘Social Movements and Organizations’ at the Timișoara Conference of Political Science 2018, which was held at the West University of Timișoara in Timișoara, Romania. He presented on ‘Mobilizing to define “marriage” in the Constitution: Evolving transnational cooperation in the religious sector of Romanian civil society’, drawing on his interview research with activists from the religious sector of Romanian civil society, on public position-takings presented in the mass media or expressed in open letters by pro-family activists, as well as on amicus curiae briefs submitted by the same actors to the Constitutional Court, to show that religious activists from Romania have established in the past years stable relations of cooperation with transnational Christian conservative activists and that, partly as a result of this cooperation, legal expertise and arguments grounded in international legal instruments have become very prominent in the latest mobilization to define “marriage” in the Romanian Constitution.

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