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History and Democracy #3 - Religion and European democracy



History and Democracy #3 - Religion and European democracy

Third event in our series “History and Democracy”

Religion and European Democracy - A discussion with Anna Gwiazda and Timothy Peace

This interdisciplinary series of seminars, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute in London, and curated by historian Andrea Mammone (Royal Holloway, University of London), challenges the many superficial and demagogic readings of our complex contemporary era. It offers, instead, more rounded interpretations of recent events, placing them in a global and long-term perspective. Following the very successful History Talks in 2017, this year’s topics include Euroscepticism, the health (and welfare) system, education, the role of religion, capitalism and neo-liberalism, the future of social democracy, corruption, and the media, among others.


Although European societies are increasingly secularized, the relevance of religion to the political debate is hardly waning. The ‘radicalization of Islam’ (or what Olivier Roy refers to as the ‘Islamisation of radicalism’) is a pressing security issue, and often makes the headlines. Yet this obsession with the terrorist threat obscures both the positive political engagement of religious citizens as well as the ways in which other religions may too be ‘radicalised’. Globalization and increased migratory flows have created a new religious landscape and while some might be tempted to defend a threatened identity, others faith-based actors are looking outwards and participating in the challenges that face society. Anna Gwiazda and Tim Peace, in conversation with Andrea Mammone, will debate the role of religion as a political tool in contemporary society. Reflecting on their research about democracy, political participation and migration, they will discuss how the issue of religion plays out in the politics of both Eastern and Western Europe and in particular how this issue has become ‘highjacked’ by some political actors.

Anna Gwiazda is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London. She has conducted research and published in the field of European politics, democracy and women’s political representation. Her book on ‘Democracy in Poland’ (Routledge 2015), examined the quality of democracy in Poland from the collapse of communism in 1989 up to the 2011 parliamentary election, and contributed to debates on the state of democracy in Europe.

Timothy Peace is a Research Fellow in the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. His research interests include religion and politics; social movements; migration and integration. His books include ‘European Social Movement and Muslim Activism’ (Palgrave 2015) and ‘Muslims and Political Participation in Britain’ (Routledge 2015) and he has published in a number of media outlets including the Washington Post.



Data: Gio 8 Feb 2018

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 20:30

Organizzato da : ICI London

Ingresso : Libero


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