The Public Space

Religion and the public/private divide - 7 & 8 October 2010, Como, Italy

Organised by the University of Milan as part of the research area ‘Public Space’, this workshop gathered some RELIGARE members and other scholars associated to the research project. This meeting aimed at providing guidelines for dealing with the presence of religion(s) in the public sphere (first session) and focused in particular on several thematic issues. 

 

Tymen J. van der Ploeg

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Tymen J.
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van der Ploeg
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Researcher

Tymen J. van der Ploeg is a full professor in civil law, especially law on legal persons and partnerships at the Free University Amsterdam (VU) and participates in VISOR. He is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary research group Government- nongovernmental organisations relationships, now part of research-group Public and private interests in Balance. Chair of the committee of experts of the Dutch Bureau for Fundraising (CBF); Responsible for a course on Church and Law (since 1998). Advises regularly in the area where church law and civil law meet.

Ben Vermeulen

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Ben
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Vermeulen
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Ben Vermeulen is a full professor of Constitutional Law at the VU Amsterdam since 1999 and member of the Council of State since 2008.

Antonina Zhelyazkova

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Antonina
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Zhelyazkova
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Researcher

Antonina Zhelyazkova is Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the International Centre for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations. She is a prominent Bulgarian scholar researching Christianity and Islam both in Bulgaria and in the Balkans. She is also a part-time lecturer on “Urgent Anthropology” at the MA programme “Balkans between Two Civilizations: Christianity and Islam” at St.Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia.

Violeta Angelova

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Violeta
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Angelova
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Violeta Angelova is MA in English and Russian philology, Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski”. She works as a Programme Director at the International Centre for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations. Her activities comprise managing and coordinating projects implemented by IMIR. She has coordinated the work of the expert councils affiliated with IMIR dealing with history, anthropology, ethnology, sociology and education. Her specialism is concentrated on immigrants’ labour market integration, trade unions and discrimination.

Maya Grekova

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Maya
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Grekova
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Maya Grekova is Doctor of Sociological Sciences, Ph.D. in Philosophy, Professor in sociology at the Department of Sociology, Sofia University 'St Kliment Ohridski'. She teaches Sociology of Social Communities, Comparative Ethnocultural Studies, Sociology of Interethnic Relations, Introduction to Urban Studies. Maya Grekova is Head of the Social Research Centre and Head of Urban Studies Masters Program at the Department of Sociology, Sofia University and IMIR’s expert on interethnic relations.

Maya Kosseva

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Maya
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Kosseva
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Researcher

Maya Kosseva, PhD in History, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, has worked as a project coordinator and researcher at IMIR since 1996, as a specialist in Bulgarian history, minority issues and social anthropology. Her duties at IMIR involve responsibility for project planning and management, maintaining contacts with national and international counterparts. For over five years she has been coordinator of IMIR’s Educational programme and administrative coordinator of practical and research projects.

Iva Kyurkchieva

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Iva
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Kyurkchieva
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Iva Kyurkchieva has a Ph.D. in Ethnology and is a research fellow in the National Ethnographic Institute and Museum - Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria. Her main interests are in the field of social and cultural anthropology. Main subject of research are the Bulgarian Muslim communities as one of the minorities in Bulgaria.

Javier Martínez-Torrón

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Javier
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Martínez-Torrón
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Javier Martínez-Torrón is Professor of Law at Complutense University, Madrid (Spain) since 2000. Prof. Martínez-Torrón is Doctor utroque iure (of Law and of Canon Law). He is also, since 2001, part-time Professor of the Saint Louis University Law School (Comparative Law, Summer Law Courses). He is co-founder and Deputy Director of the Revista General de Derecho Canónico y Derecho Eclesiástico del Estado (2003) and member of the Editorial Board of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal, published by Cambridge University Press (2006).

Adriaan Overbeeke

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Adriaan
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Overbeeke
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Adriaan Overbeeke (Lic. Political Sciences, PhD Law) is assistant professor / researcher at the faculty of law, Free University Amsterdam (VU), participating in a research-group Public and private interests in Balance and in interdisciplinary research institute VISOR (VU Institute for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society, established 2008). He is also a part-time researcher at the University of Antwerp, Law Department, where he is involved in a research-program on religion, life stances and law. Research topics: education law; law relating to church-state issues.

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