Freedom of Religion in Europe Today: Under Critical Investigation

06 - 07 May 2021

ISFORB Conference

Freedom of Religion in Europe Today: Under Critical Investigation

This international conference, organized by our Institute for the Study of Freedom of Religion or Belief (ISFORB), aims to draw up a state of affairs on FORB research in Europe. Three key challenges to FORB in Europe have been identified to receive particular attention:  (a) (inter)national crisis situations; (b) religious nationalism and (c) secular discomfort with religion.

The conference will take place online in a modular format which will allow broad and flexible participation, plenty of room for discussion and diverse networking opportunities.

Keynote speakers

Other researchers join this conversation and present papers on each of these sections or related topics.

Participation at the conference is free, but we kindly ask you to register no later than May 4. Academically interested practitioners are also warmly invited to participate in the conference.

Conference Program

Thursday, 6 May 2021
13:00-13:30 Walk-in networking opportunity
13:30-14:30 Block 1

  • Welcome and Overview by Jos de Kock (rector ETF Leuven) and Jelle Creemers
  • Plenary Paper & Discussion “Freedom of Religion in Europe Today: Under Critical Investigation” by Heiner Bielefeldt
14:30-15:00 Networking opportunity
15:00-16:20 Block 2

  • Plenary Paper & Discussion “Challenges to FORB I: Crisis (EU in the COVID-19 crisis)” by Alexis Artaud de La Ferrière
  • Small Papers Session
16:20-17:00 Networking opportunity
Friday, 7 May 2021
9:00-9:30 Walk-in networking opportunity
9:30-11:25 Block 3

  • Plenary Paper & Discussion “Challenges to FORB II: Religious nationalism (Georgia)” by Tatiana Kopaleishvili
  • Small Papers Session
11:25-11:40 Networking opportunity
11:40-13:00 Block 4

  • Plenary Paper & Discussion “Challenges to FORB III: Secular discomfort with religion (Belgium)” by Jelle Creemers
  • Small Papers Session
13:00-13:30 Networking opportunity

Download the full schedule with all abstracts.

Practical Information and Registration

The conference will take place online. Participants will receive conference details and urls in due time.

Conference fee: free
Because we want to allow easy participation to scholars from all over Europe, no conference fee is fixed.

You can register for this conference here. Registration closes when the maximum of 100 participants is reached or on 4 May at 23.59pm.

Support the conference!
Participants and supporters are invited to contribute to the conference costs and the mission of ISFORB with a free gift with mention of ISFORB.


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