Religious Pluralism and Education in Greece

Thanasis Gavos   Tuesday, 21 February 2017; 6:00-7:30pm
A Hellenic Observatory (LSE) research seminar.
Effie FOKAS, Principal Investigator, GRASSROOTSMOBILISE;
Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy;
Research Associate, Hellenic Observatory, LSE
Margarita MARKOVITI, Postdoctoral Fellow, GRASSROOTSMOBILISE,
Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy
The “radiating effects” of the European Court of Human Rights in a context of prevailing religion and increasing religious pluralism.
Τhis presentation tackles the recurrent and contentious topic of religion and education in Greece. In the light of increasing religious pluralism and the volatile discussions on Church-state relations, which have recently culminated in the political controversy involving former Minister of Education, the presentation considers the role of the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) as an active player in the rapidly broadening domain of religion and education. Moving beyond the interesting, yet narrow, research question on the implementation or ¬non¬-implementation of the Court’s decisions, the seminar yields critical insights into the ways in which the Court’s decisions on religion and education have influenced domestic debates in Greece, have raised public awareness and have provided the discursive frameworks and political opportunity structures within which citizens act in the arena of religion and education. As part of the European Research Council project, “Grassrootsmobilise”, the seminar draws on extensive fieldwork with a range of actors in Greek society (religious minority actors, Orthodox Church representatives, lawyers and government representatives) and discusses such “indirect effects” of the Court around three debated issues: (1) the content and objectives of religious education, (2) exemption from the class of religion; and (3) the presence of religious symbols in school.
Venue: Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, 1st floor, Cowdray House, LSE

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

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