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.
- Prof. Dr. Heiner Bielefeldt (University of Erlangen, former UN Rapporteur on FORB)
- Dr. Alexis de La Ferrière (University of Portsmouth)
- Dr. Tatiana Kopaleishvili (ISFORB/ETF Leuven)
- Dr. Jelle Creemers (ISFORB/ETF Leuven)
Other researchers are encouraged to join us in this conversation and present papers on each of these sections or related topics. Academically interested practitioners are also warmly invited to participate in the conference.
|Thursday, 6 May 2021|
|10:00-10:45||Arrival & coffee|
Welcome and overview
by Jos de Kock (rector ETF Leuven), Jelle Creemers
|13:00-13:45||Plenary Paper “Freedom of Religion in Europe Today: Under Critical Investigation”
by Heiner Bielefeldt
|15:30-16:15||Plenary Paper “Challenges to FORB I: Crisis (EU in the COVID-19 crisis)
by Alexis Artaud de La Ferrière
|16:30-17:30||Small Papers (Optional)|
|18:30||Conference Dinner (Optional)|
|Friday, 7 May 2021|
|9:00-9:45||Plenary Paper “Challenges to FORB II: Religious nationalism (Georgia)”
by Tatiana Kopaleishvili
|11:30-12:15||Plenary Paper “Challenges to FORB III: Secular discomfort with religion (Belgium)”
by Jelle Creemers
Panel Discussion: “Challenges to FORB in Europe today: a critical and multilateral discussion”
Call for Papers
You can find the Call for Papers here. The deadline for turning in a paper proposal is 1 February 2021. Quality papers of the conference will afterwards be brought together in an appropriate academic publication.
Practical Information and Registration
The conference will take place in our Leuven Center for Christian Studies, Sint-Jansbergsesteenweg 97, 3001 Leuven, Belgium (at the premises of ETF Leuven).
Because socializing, peer discussion and networking are key aims of this conference, regular participation in the conference includes two lunches and several coffee breaks. The regular fee for this inclusive participation is €80. PhD students can participate with a reduced fee of €55. MA students can participate for €15 (excluding meals). Participation in the conference dinner costs €30.
A number of rooms is available at our LCCS conference center. With single occupation, the rooms cost €48 per night (breakfast included).
Registration is open!
You can register for this conference here.