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Join us – Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy Online Conference “Religion & Education in Greece and in the Broader European Context”


Dear HHF Members, sponsors, supporters and friends,

We invite you to take part in an online conference being offered by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy taking place next Wednesday, November 11th from 4pm to 5:30pm EST.  This speaker series is part of the Hellenic Studies Initiative at the University of Toronto.

To register for this online event, simply click on the following link and fill in the required info:


A brief description of the lecture topic is provided below.

The place of religion in Greece’s public education system has been the focal point for intense debate in the last decade. The debate has seen contributions from a broad range of actors, including parents of students in the Greek public-school system, Greek political parties across the spectrum, the Orthodox Church of Greece, two especially vocal unions of theologians, the Greek Supreme Administrative Court, and the European Court of Human Rights. This lecture addresses the various relevant claims, concerns and actions of each of these actors and teases out ways in which the debate over religious education in Greece reveals perennial problems in the relationship between religion and national identity in the Greek context, and between church and state.

Main Speaker – Effie Fokas.

Effie Fokas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and a Research Associate of the London School of Economics Hellenic Observatory. She was Principal Investigator of the European Research Council-funded project on grassroots impact of European Court of Human Rights religious freedoms case law (Grassrootsmobilise), based at ELIAMEP. Her publications include Islam in Europe: Diversity, Identity and Influence, co-edited with Aziz Al-Azmeh; Religious America, Secular Europe?, co-authored with Peter Berger and Grace Davie; The European Court of Human Rights and Minority Religions, co-edited with James T. Richardson; and

Opening Remarks – Professor Phil Triadafilopoulos.

Phil Triadafilopoulos is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He teaches courses in political science and public policy at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and conducts research in the areas of immigration and citizenship policy in Europe and North America. Triadafilopoulos received his PhD in Political Science for the New School for Social Research and is a former Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow. He held a two-year visiting research fellowship at the Institute for Social Sciences at Humboldt University, was a Visiting Professor at the Hertie School of Governance and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham.

We look forward to having you join us!

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