Venice Workshop Program

“Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices”

July 11-12, 2011

Hosted by

European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation

Venice School of Human Rights


Monday, July 11th

1000 – 1100                 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Saba Mahmood, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Winnifred Sullivan, University at Buffalo Law School, Director of the Law and Religion Program

1100 – 1300                 PANEL I: Legal, historical and philosophical perspectives (20 minutes each)

Samuel Moyn, Department of History, Columbia University

Alessandro Ferrari, Department of Law and Economics of Firms and Persons, Università degli Studi dell’Insubria

Maleiha Malik, Kings College London, Professor of Law

1300 – 1430                 LUNCH

1430 – 1630                 PANEL II: Perspectives from the field (15 minutes each)

Michael Wiener, Human Rights Officer at OHCHR, assisting the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Hossam Bahgat, Executive Director, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

Soha Abdelhaty, Deputy Director, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

Flavia Agnes, (Advocate) co-founder of MAJLIS, a Mumbai-based legal and cultural resource centre

2000-2200                    DINNER for the workshop participants


Tuesday July 12th

0900 – 1045                  PANEL III: The Category of Religion and the Right to Religious Freedom (20-25 minutes each)

Hans Kippenberg, Professor of Comparative Religious Studies (Wisdom-Professorship) School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jacobs University

Mathijs Pelkmanns, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Anthropology

1045 – 1100                  COFFEE BREAK

1100 – 1300                  CONCLUDING DISCUSSION

Peter Danchin, University of Maryland School of Law, Director, International and Comparative Law Program

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University

2000 – 2200               DINNER for the workshop participants

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