Propagation and (de)conversion: Conflict of individual and group rights?

02 - 03 May 2024

ISFORB Conference

Propagation and (de)conversion: Conflict of individual and group rights?

Location : ETF Leuven

Language : Engels

Regular fee: € 130.00
PhD students: € 80.00
ETF Leuven alumni: € 80.00
ETF Leuven MA students : € 30.00

The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion is a fundamental human right that protects the individual’s freedom to not only have a personal worldview, but to also share their convictions with others, either in a challenging or inviting way. Such propagation can lead to a change of beliefs, commonly known as conversion or, in case of a move to atheism, deconversion. In some contexts, however, (non-)religious propagation is considered an undesirable intrusion into people’s personal spheres. Also, some (ethno-)religious communities consider conversion from their worldview inadmissible and not a right intrinsic to FORB. In addition, for some communities, hegemonic (non-)religious discourses are considered life-threatening for their minority group identities.

The twin rights to (non-)religious propagation and to (de)conversion are the most sensitive aspects of FORB. They exemplify a vivid instance of the tension between individual and group rights in human rights discourses.

This fourth international conference, organized by the Institute for the Study of Freedom of Religion or Belief (ISFORB), focuses on this topic. Particular attention goes to members of minority worldviews and their rights and experiences.

Keynote speakers

To date, the following keynote speakers have agreed to contribute to the conference:

Other researchers join 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.

You can find the Program-ISFORB-Conference-2024 here!

Practical Information and Registration

The conference will take place in the Leuven Center for Christian Studies, St. Jansbergsesteenweg 97, 3001 Leuven, Belgium (at the premises of ETF Leuven).

Conference fee
Because socializing, peer discussion and networking are key aims of this conference, regular participation in the conference includes two lunches and several coffee breaks. Participation in the conference dinner costs € 35,-.

Leuven has a broad variety of hotels in different price categories. A limited number of rooms are available at our conference center LCCS. With single occupation, the rooms cost € 58,- per night (breakfast included). For information, please contact .

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