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Religion, Identity and Freedom of Conscience

The pressing challenges faced by contemporary Europe include uneasy questions concerning ethnic and religious identity, which have been exasperated due to recent global unrest. The subject of human rights has never been as important than it is now, both on the European continent and worldwide. The burning question challenging the universality of human rights through the pretext of religious identity and autonomy also needs to be examined in this context.

This course will focus on the protection of human rights in Europe – in particular the freedoms of assembly and expression – the idea of religious freedom and identity, and the fine line between cultural and religious freedom in the larger context of freedom of conscience. The course will examine in detail the convergence of various layers of identity with the meta identity of citizenship in a given space both at the national and the global level.

A highly qualified team of international scholars will address the subject of human rights – rooted in the European context – and examine challenges that affect the populations around the globe. The idea of identity and the embedded mix of religiosity aligned with expressions of traditional religious values generate critical challenges for scholars and policymakers worldwide. Through analysis of Council of Europe activities and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) case law, participants will obtain a deep understanding of the common values shared by European countries. Participants will also discuss the diverse practices of the implementing ECHR rulings in different countries.

This weeklong academic journey is not only an opportunity to gain a very topical understanding of human rights in the context of identity and religious freedom through working with acclaimed scholars, but also a chance to earn a certificate validated by three international institutes in Moscow. Participants will be hosted by the Higher School of Economics, and during the programme a series of cultural events will reinforce the importance of cultural diversity in regards to the very natural need for freedom of consciousness, identity and religion.

 

Applications deadline - March 21

Selection deadline - March 23

Organizational fee payment absolute deadline - March 31

Early Bird - by March 15 - 370 Euro
After March 15 - 400 Euro

The payment includes 3 ECTS credits, which are comprised by 38 contact hours + 76 hours of independent student work. (114 study hours in total). Participants will also be provided with reading materials for the School, accommodation and transport to the venue and back. Cultural events - a bus tour around Moscow and a concert at the venue, - are also included.