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Negotiating Religion: Coptic Orthodox diaspora communities. Shifting identities, needs, and relations from Egypt to Europe and back

Project description

Coptic Orthodox diaspora and Coptic identity

Coptic Orthodox Christians represent at least 10% of the Egyptian population. During their history, they suffered persecution and many fled to Europe, resulting in the creation of a considerable Coptic diaspora starting from the 1960s. However, the diaspora as a whole has never been sufficiently studied. The EU-funded NEGOTIA project will analyse the Coptic communities in Europe taking into consideration three main aspects, covering identities, needs and relations. Focusing on the Church of San Giorgio Megalomartire established by Coptic immigrants in Rome in the 1990s and comparing the findings with the Coptic Orthodox Cultural Centre in Cairo and the Church of St. Petrus, der letzte Märtyrer in Hamburg, the project will investigate the history and the cultural heritage of these communities in respect to the deconstruction and reconstruction of their historical-biographical and discursive-relational profile across the migration process.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-IF-2019
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
Italy

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 202 749,12

Partners (1)

THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO
Egypt
Address
Kasr El Aini Street 113
19511 Cairo

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments