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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Religious Communities and Civil Society in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 novembre 2018

Rome 22 13:00-14.00h, and 23 November 2018, 9 a.m Pontifical Gregorian University Piazza della Pilotta 4 A Brief Outline Religious Communities and Civil Society in Europe is a large-scale exploratory research project aimed at assessing the position of religious communities as potential or active civil society actors in Europe, and at looking into differences in their positioning on legal, historical, cultural, and behavioural grounds. The project is being undertaken by the Maecenata Institute, Berlin. The core research team consists of Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz, Director of the Institute, and Sarah Albrecht M.A.The seemingly vitalizing impact of religion and religiosity on civil society is a research topic that has been extensively looked into, not only in the USA, but increasingly also in a European context. Faith based charities have also been objects of scholarly work in the context of civil society theory and empirical studies. What still seems to be missing is an evaluation of the role of institutionalized religious communities, and of circumstances that facilitate or impede their status as civil society organisations. One assumption is that in a European context, legal relations between the state and various religious communities (minorities and majorities alike) play a crucial role in shaping the religious communities’ scope for action within the arena of civil society.
Five associates have kindly agreed to collaborate with us on determining details of content, reviewing papers, identifying experts, conducting interviews, and contributing to the final outcome. They are:
– Prof. Dr. Rocco d’Ambrosio (Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome),
– Prof. Dr. Paul Dekker (University of Tilburg, Netherlands),
– Dr. Anna Domaradzka (University of Warsaw, Poland),
– Prof. Dr. Johan von Essen (Ersta Sköndal University College, Sweden),
– Prof. Dr. Vassilios Makrides (University of Erfurt, Germany).
In addition, a number of other colleagues have agreed to act as advisors. With the associates, we have held workshops in 2015, 2016, and 2017.


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