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Call for papers: Religion and Illiberal Politics (ECPR General Conference, Oslo 6-9 September 2017)

Call for papers: Religion and Illiberal Politics (ECPR General Conference, Oslo 6-9 September 2017)

Religion and Illiberal Politics:

Challenges and Common Patterns in Comparative Perspectives

Panel Proposal for the ECPR General Conference 6-9 September 2017, Oslo

Section “Religion, Politics, and the Public Spheres: Contesting Liberalism?

Panel Chairs:

Anja Hennig, European University of Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)


Simona Guerra, University of Leicester


This panel aims at empirically and theoretically analyzing the ideological, structural, and historical linkages between religion and illiberal and/or contested politics. In particular, the interest focuses on cases of alliances between religion and populism, radical right wing parties, Euroscepticism, nationalist rhetoric, programs, conflicts and actors. In conceptual terms this implies to include several approaches dealing with political contestation in democratic systems to the broader concept of illiberal politics. A striking example is populism as an anti-pluralistic programmatic that relies on a clear distinction between an imagined “we” as the true leaders of “the people” and “them” as a corrupt elite ruling against “the people”. In their recent edited book, Mazouki, McDonnell and Roy convincingly show that more often then not populists tend to hijack religion. Whereas populists talk about identity and Churches about faith, religion bears the potential to serve populist identity politics.

At the same time, however, the role of religion itself is fundamental to examine identity, the state and institutional actors in comparative political studies. As noted by Jose Casanova (2006), the impact of secularization provides the Churches opportunities to emerge and enter the social and political discourse. And Grzymała-Busse examined in her comparative contributions on the role of the Churches to what extent they can maximize their policy influence (Grzymała-Busse 2012, 2015).

In 2015, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, addressed the contemporary struggle against extremism. In his more recent words, all the major world faith traditions shows ‘a group that cannot tolerate diversity’, a violent attitude, that, in his words, ‘we’ve not seen in Christianity, since the end of the wars of Reformation… the theological narrative [seems to] fill[ing] a vacuum left by an alternative narrative.’ It is this vacuum that the return to more identitarian narratives, growing perceived immigration and security threats, and the social challenges of the recent financial and economic crisis have filled and seen the rise of an alliance between religion and illiberal politics.

Paper givers will address the following questions:

1) How can we conceptually approach the observed linkages between religion (theologies, values, actors) and illiberal politics in terms of populist, right-wing, Eurosceptic, nationalist rhetoric, programs, conflicts and actors?

2) How and why do illiberal actors use religion?

3) How and why do religious actors ally with illiberal actors?

4) From a comparative perspective: Which different pattern of religious illiberalism or the illiberal appropriation of religion can be observed? Under which conditions do illiberal religious and/or political actors cooperate?

Please send your proposals of up to 250 words to the convenors by 10 February (and NOT via the ECPR homepage). Please make sure that you have an active MyECPR account with an e-mail address that corresponds with the one on your proposal. ​

Call for papers: Religious Organizations in European Welfare States in the 21st Century (ECPR General Conference, Oslo 6-9 September 2017)

Call for papers: Religious Organizations in European Welfare States in the 21st Century (ECPR General Conference, Oslo 6-9 September 2017)

Religious Organizations in European Welfare States in the 21st Century

Josef Hien (University of Milan,

Matthias Kortmann (University of Munich,


This panel focuses on the role of religious organizations in welfare service provision and social politics in Europe in the 21st century. Traditionally, religious organizations have been important actors in welfare states both as providers of social services (on behalf of the state) and as political players in socio-political decision-making processes. In recent decades, this role has been challenged on two fronts: a twin process of decreasing religiosity and religious pluralization within European societies and decentralization and privatization of welfare services across European welfare states. This twin-pressure on faith-based care providers has already received a decisive spin through the refugee crisis and is likely to amplify in the long run through demographic change. Finally, the entrance of first generation immigrants as care clients and the accelerated immigration from countries with Muslim or Orthodox cultural backgrounds has consequences on two fronts for the role of traditional Catholic and Protestant organizations as faith based welfare providers and socio-political veto players in Europe: a religious pluralization of clients and the potential challenge through the entering of new Muslim and Orthodox care providers and political actors in welfare politics.

The aim of this panel is to get a better understanding of the present role of religious organizations in welfare policy as providers of social services, as societal veto players as well as promoters of welfare in political processes. How are religious organizations included in welfare delivery in Western and Eastern Europe? How do they react to an increasingly secularizing or religiously pluralizing clientele? To what extent are they able to maintain their distinct religious profile under increasing cost and market pressures triggered by welfare state retrenchment and the Europeanization of the care market? To what extent are they involved in decision-making processes on socio-political issues (such as welfare reforms, but also refugee policies)? What role are newly established Islamic organizations able to play within European welfare states?

We welcome particularly empirical papers that deal with one of these questions above and help uncovering the role of religious organizations in European welfare states in the 21st century.

Please send your proposals of up to 200 words to the convenors by 7 February (and NOT via the ECPR homepage yet!). After we will have accepted your paper we will include them in our panel proposal and submit them electronically. Please make sure that you have an active MyECPR account.

Call for Panels (with Papers) and individual Papers for the 2016 ECPR General Conference

Call for Panels (with Papers) and individual Papers for the 2016 ECPR General Conference

The 10th ECPR General Conference will be held from 7 -10 September 2016, at Charles University, Prague; the oldest institution of higher learning in Central Europe.

The Standing Group on Religion and Politics is organising the Section Religious and Political Affiliation in Comparative European Perspective, and you can now submit your proposals for full Panels (which should include 3-5 Papers), and individual Papers. Further details can be found on the website.

  • Panels (including 3-5 Papers) can be proposed here.
  • Individual Papers can be found here.

Guidelines for the submission process can be found here, and note the deadline for all submissions via MyECPR is midnight UK time on 15 February 2016.

For more information about the ECPR General Conference please visit the website, or contact the Events Team.

Important information about renewal of membership in the standing group

Important information about renewal of membership in the standing group

As you know, since the implementation of the Standing Group framework earlier this year, membership to each group will now be renewed on an annual basis. This is to ensure the membership list for each group remains current and active.

The renewal process will begin on 1 December, when each Standing Group member will be able to log in to their MyECPR account and renew their membership. In much the same way as initially joining the group, this process is as easy as the click of a button. Members simply need to click on the ‘My Groups’ tab, and select ‘Renew My Membership’ next to the name of the Standing Group. The process should take no more than a minute or two. During this time, those from non-ECPR member institutions will be able to renew their membership without you needing to approve the request. Those that haven’t renewed their membership before midnight (GMT) on 31 December will automatically be removed from the Standing Group member list. It will still be possible to re-join the group via the information page of the Standing Group, however those from non-ECPR members will once again need to be approved by you as the Convenor. Please could you also ensure that you have approved or declined any pending members before 1 December to allow them time to renew their membership before 31 December.

We will be using our own communication channels to make Standing Group members aware that they will need to renew their membership, and we would be grateful if you could also communicate this information to your members via your own websites and mailing lists. The renewal process has been designed to be as simple as possible for your members, however, if you have any questions about the process please don’t hesitate to email

Call for papers: 2016 IPSA Conference (Istanbul, 23-28 July, 2016)

Call for papers: 2016 IPSA Conference (Istanbul, 23-28 July, 2016)


Call for papers: 24th World Congress of Political Science (IPSA), Istanbul, July 23-28, 2016

“Politics in a World of Inequalities”

The deadline for the Call for Submissions (PDF) for the next IPSA World Congress of Political Science is fast approaching!
**You have until October 7 to submit your closed panel or paper proposals**

Please take notice of the Instructions before submitting your panel proposal.

For more information, please visit the WC2016 website




Convictions religieuses et délibération publique
Chair: Prof. Marc-Antoine DilhaC

Finding Equality in Tolerance: Freedom of Religion and Expression’s Midlle Ground
Chair: Dr. Douglas Castro

Imagining an Alternative ‘Post-Secular’ State: Historicizing and Comparing National Struggles over Resecularization
Chair: Prof. Yasuyuki Matsunaga

Politics and theology thinking the cultural foundations of the inequality
Chair: Dr. Emilce Cuda

Religion and Alternative Models of Economic Development in Times of Crisis
Chair: Dr. Luca Ozzano

Religion as a Factor of immigrant’s Integration in late XX and early XXI century
Chair: Prof. Miroljub Jevtic

Religion, Education Alternatives and Citizenship
Chair: Dr. Alberta Giorgi

Sectarian Violence: The Impact of Changing Regional Politics and International Relations
Chair: Prof. Keiko Sakai

Secularisms and Equality in Europe
Chair: Prof. Giorgio Shani

The War of Terror, Popular Geopolitics, and the (Re)Production of Islamophobia
Chair: Prof. Sabah Alnasseri

Turkey Originated Transnational Islamic Movements and Institutions
Chair: Prof. istar gozaydin

ECPR Research Sessions 2013

ECPR Research Sessions 2013

Erin K. Wilson (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen) organised a Session at the 2013 Research Session with the title ‘The Postsecular and Political Belonging’. Details of the theme of the Session, Paper titles and abstracts and identities of those attending can be found here

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