Online Research Seminar The rise of "I-liberal" democracies

"The rise of "I-liberal" democracies: Political instrumentalization of religious belongings and misleading theologies in Europe" is an international online research seminar open for students of all UNIC universities. The seminar will be held in English.

The Research Blockseminar The rise of "I-liberal" democracies: Political instrumentalization of religious belongings and misleading theologies in Europe (WS2023/24) is a collaborative experience with the participation of European lecturers and students of faculties and centers members of the UNIC European Research Network for Religion, Society and Culture RESCUe.

The Blockseminar focuses on the contemporary discussion on the state of European democracies and the emergence of the so-called "I-liberal"

models in the continent, with particular emphases on the political instrumentalization of religious belongings/narratives or misleading theologies for populist purposes. The phenomenon will be studied from a multidisciplinary perspective, which includes outlooks and developments from knowledge fields such as Social Studies, Political Studies, Theology, or Religious Studies. Students and lecturers from related fields are invited to join.

With specific stress on research abilities and capacities, students will also be introduced to the use of methods and techniques of social research such as analysis of (political) speech, analysis of Media

(political) content, or the analysis of social/political movements.

On the break between the first block (20th – 21st of October 2023) and the second block (12th – 13th of January 2024), with the close assistance of the faculty, students will develop group single-or-multisite research on specific political/religious topics. In the second block, the groups will present and discuss their finding in the plenary.

Because the seminar aims to introduce students to social research, no previous experience or knowledge in the matter is required. The virtual introductory session will take place on October the 16th at 16:00 CET.


16.10.2024, 16:00. Introductory session [Online]

First Block:

20.10.2023, 14:00-19:00 [Online]

21.10.2023, 09:00-14:00 [Online]

Second Block:

12.01.2023, 14:00-19:00 [Online]

13.01.2023, 09:00-14:00 [Online]

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