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Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe – Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy

Objective

RELIGARE starts from the idea of equality and how it is challenged by the increasing diversity of religions and other convictions that are transforming Europe. The EU’s expansion, together with important migration fluxes, partly explains this increasing diversity. A growing number of citizens, many of whom are new EU citizens, now hold beliefs and values different from the majority. One observes that individuals and groups today are claiming recognition of their (religious) identity in their family life, their work place, the public space, and the ways States provide support to religious and other groupings. These claims sometimes question and disturb the existing models of secularism in Europe. Public authorities thus face demanding challenges, probably more than ever before, of establishing social cohesion.

RELIGARE's overarching goals are: 1) to encourage a critical debate between on the one hand secular assumptions that form part of Europe’s legacy, including their normative frameworks (existing legal regimes), and on the other hand the practical realities (coping mechanisms and empirically grounded observations); 2) to identify, analyse and evaluate the processes which should eventually lead to adequate policy responses and, where necessary, revision of legislation.

RELIGARE's research will: 1) examine the way religious diversity and pluralism are treated in Member States; 2) ascertain deficits and explore the potentials of more appropriate practices, case law, expert and target group inputs (primary sources) and academic literature; 3) advance policy recommendations to address current and future dilemmas in protecting religious diversity and pluralism, considering the role of the EU.

The consortium unites academic experts from 13 research units from 9 Member States and Turkey. They are supported by an advisory board of eminent persons connected to policymaking, legislative work and the judiciary in the field of religious diversity and pluralism.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/law/constitutional law
  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /social sciences/law
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/religion

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2009-A
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 668 006,80
Administrative Contact
Myriam Witvrouw (Dr.)

Participants (12)

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 155 124
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 210 350
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katia Righini (Ms.)
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 282 324
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Prakash Shah (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 430 954
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Denis Fix (Mr.)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 190 800
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Winderl (Mr.)
CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 263 726,40
Address
Place Du Congres 1
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sally Scott (Ms.)
International Center For Minority Studies And Intercultural Relations
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 72 800,40
Address
Antim Parvi 55
1303 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Violeta Angelova (Ms.)
MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 83 000
Address
Dumlupinar Bulvari 1
06800 Ankara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aykan Erdemir (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 30 566,40
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maribel Rodríguez Villa (Ms.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 84 300
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 153 291
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annemieke Van Haastrecht (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 74 700
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Louis Léon Christians (Prof.)