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Does God Matter? Representing Religion in the European Union and the United States

Starts: 12/11/2010 (All day)
Ends: 13/11/2010 (All day)

Location: Birmingham

Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, 12-13 November 2010

The European Union has largely been considered an economic and political project in which religion has only a small role to play. However, political mobilisation related to the drafting of the European Constitution and the increasing presence of religious groups in Brussels  after 1992 have inserted the representation of religion into the decision-making process. For the first time in the history of European integration, the Lisbon Treaty institutionalises the dialogue between the European Union and religious actors in the most important document of the acqui communautaire. This conference focuses on the political mobilisation of religious actors in Europe and compares the types and impact of religious representation in the European Union and the United States.  


All participants are requested to register on    by 15th October, 2010.    

There is no registration fee for attending the conference. Please note that the conference does not cover travel, accommodation and visa costs.In order to stimulate discussion, the papers will be circulated in advance to participants no later than 1 November 2010. The conference is part of Lucian Leustean's ESRC project on    

The Politics of Religious Lobbies in the European Union