Professor François Foret will deliver the first seminar of the VHI 2013-14 Seminar Series Faith and Governance on the topic of "God in European politics. How many divisions?"
Religion has re-emerged dramatically on the European agenda. However, there is a debate about the significance of this and whether it is positive or negative. The EU is sometimes described either as a "Christian club" or as a "Christianophobic arena".
The lecture will present the results of the survey RelEP (Religion at the European Parliament), based on interviews with 170 MEPs, which is the first of its kind to offer empirical data on the actual impact of religion on decision-making and socialization processes in Brussels and Strasbourg. The lecture will look at what religion does to Europe, and what Europe does to religion.
François Foret is Professor of Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Jean Monnet Chair, "Social and Cultural Dimensions of European Integration" (SocEUR) and Director for Political Research at the Institute of European Studies, CEVIPOL.
The lecture will take place in the Garden Room, Library Building, St. Edmund’s College on Friday 8 November at 17:00. There is no need for reservation, all are welcome.