Research fields

The Public Space

The main objective of this research team is a policy-oriented reflection on the organisation of public space in Europe.  This research field aims at providing some inputs to restructure public spaces in a way that can cope with the increasing religious and cultural backgrounds in European societies. How public spaces are conceived and structured has a decisive impact on the formation of religious/cultural identities, on the creation of interreligious/intercultural relations and on the contribution these identities can offer to democratic and plural citizenship.

The Work Place

The main objective of this team is a policy-oriented reflection on the derogations made in the field of labour law for religious legal systems and for individuals for reason of their religious convictions and practices. This research area covers issues related to individual religious freedom and non-discrimination on basis of religion and beliefs in the workplace as well as the special provisions made in the area of labour law for churches and religious-ethos companies.

The Family

This team does not aim at merely collecting materials and comparing different legal regimes across the several countries involved in this project with respect to conflicts between religious and secular rules. Considerable work has already been done in this field, particularly by partners involved in the RELIGARE project. The research team will add to it indepth research on, among others, the reasons that may explain the desire for the application of sharia norms and the attitudes of an existing legal order towards it.

Theoretical framework

This team develops new thinking about religious diversity and secularism or laïcité. It is an interlinked component for the entire RELIGARE project in that it aims to provide a theoretical and methodological steer to and reflection of each of the other substantive research fields, while being informed by the latter’s concrete results. European State systems have been profoundly influenced by an historical shift towards secularism, developed as a way of managing religious conflict, and the limitations imposed upon scientific thought.

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