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.
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The conference will take place at Aston Business School Conference Centre which is around 15-20 min walk from Birmingham New Street Station (the main station) or 5-10 min by taxi. The journey from London Euston to Birmingham New Street takes around 1 hour 25 min with trains every 20 min. Birmingham International Airport is 10 minutes from Birmingham New Street Station by train. For more details on maps and directions see our website.
All participants are requested to register by filling in the attached FORM (WORD file) which should be sent to Lucian Leustean at email@example.com no later than 15 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’.