REMI

EDIS - Religious Minorities

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  • Project duration: December 2019 - December 2022
  • Project status: ongoing

This project seeks to reflect on the nexus between freedom of religion and legal protection and promotion of religious minority rights in Europe. This focus is based on the consideration that many legal instruments for minority protection have been conceived and traditionally applied mainly for linguistic minorities although these instruments are potentially applicable to religious minorities too. The project aims to bridge academic ´circles`, in particular those linked to religious studies and minority studies, strengthening their potentials. Within the context of diversity governance and integrated societies, our research focuses on five different aspects: First, we provide on a theoretical level a critical assessment of the legal protection and promotion of religious minority rights in Europe, identifying weak and strong points. A special attention will be given to the study of minority rights instruments such as the FCNM and the UN Declaration on Minorities for the protection of religious minorities and the accommodation of religious diversity. Second, we seek to reflect on the nexus of general principles of human and minority rights, European values and the power of religion in promoting common values and synergies to create social cohesion. Third, we analyze whether it is beneficial and meaningful to compare and extend to religious migrant communities policies, institutional accommodations and legal frameworks conceived by and/or for old religious groups. Fourth, we focus on the governance of intra-religious, in particular Islamic diversity within the European context aiming to develop an egalitarian approach to govern intra-religious, in particular Islamic diversity in a liberal-democratic State. And finally, as a fifth component, we analyze the potential of religious normative orders and pluralist constitutional arrangements as a means of accommodating religious diversity and as tool to address claims of religious minorities. In our analyzes we specifically focus on claims of, and the impact of pluralist legal frameworks on the position of vulnerable members of religious communities.

Publications
Annual Minority Rights Lecture with Prof. Tariq Modood
Wonisch K (2021)
Internet

More information: https://www.eurac.edu/en/institutes-centers/institute-for-mi ...

Tying the Knot: A Holistic Approach to the Enhancement of Religious Minority Rights and Freedom of Religion
Ferrari S, Wonisch K, Medda-Windischer R (2021)
Journal article
Religions

More information: https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/12/9/689/htm

https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12090689

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/18185

Religious and Linguistic Minorities and the European Court of Human Rights: Between Restrictive Measures and Concerted Solutions
Medda-Windischer R (2021)
Journal article
Europa Ethnica

More information: https://elibrary.utb.de/doi/abs/10.24989/0014-2492-2021-12-3 ...

https://doi.org/10.24989/0014-2492-2021-12-36

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/18212

Tying the Knot: A Holistic Approach to the Enhancement of Religious Minority Rights and Freedom of Religion
Medda-Windischer R, Wonisch K (2021)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion (EuAre) - Panel “Challenging the dichotomy between Freedom of Religion and Protection of Religious Minorities” | Münster/Online | 30.8.2021 - 2.9.2021

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/18619

Traditional Instruments and New Challenges: The Squaring of the Circle?
Medda-Windischer R, Wonisch K (2021)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: 18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions | Pisa | 30.8.2021 - 3.9.2021

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/18557

Religious Minorities and Covid-19
Wonisch K, Madera A (2021)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: 18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions | Pisa | 30.8.2021 - 3.9.2021

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/18609

Meccanismi di conciliazione e soluzioni concertate nella giurisprudenza della Corte di Strasburgo in materia di libertà di religione, coscienza e pensiero
Medda-Windischer R (2021)
Contribution in book
Le minoranze religiose nel diritto italiano ed europeo: Esperienze del passato e problematiche contemporanee

More information: https://www.giappichelli.it/le-minoranze-religiose-nel-dirit ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/19449

Religious Minorities in Europe and Beyond: A Critical Appraisal in a Global Perspective
Ferrari S, Medda-Windischer R, Wonisch K (2021)
Journal issue (editorship)
Religions

More information: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/Religi ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/19969

The Atlas of Religious or Belief Minority Rights: The Austrian Perspective

Wonisch K (2021)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Mapping Religious Difference in Europe The Atlas of Religious or Belief Minority Rights | Trento | 16.12.2021 - 17.12.2021

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/20386

Gender and Religion
Wonisch K (2021)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Religion, State, and Law | Graz | 2.12.2021 - 3.12.2021

More information: https://religion-state-law.uni-graz.at/de/

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/20377

Book presentation: Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment
Wonisch K (2021)
Internet

More information: https://www.eurac.edu/en/institutes-centers/institute-for-mi ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/20101

The Austrian Islam Law Act 2015: Origins, Enforcement, Interpretations
Wonisch K (2021)
Contribution in book
State and Religion: Agreements, Conventions and Statutes

More information: https://iris.unitn.it/retrieve/handle/11572/328977/520716/P. ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/20223

Participation in Cultural and Religious Life
Wonisch K, Schulte F (2020)
The Hague: OSCE / HCNM
Contribution in book
Mapping Integration Indicators: a Reference Tool for Evaluating the Implementation of Ljubljana Guidelines-based Policy, Report commissioned by the HCNM/OSCE

More information: https://www.autonomyexperience.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/0 ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/15723

Infobox: Religion
Wonisch K (2020)
Bolzano: Eurac Research
Contribution in book
Migrationsreport - Südtirol 2020

More information: http://www.eurac.edu/de/research/Publications/Pages/dossier/ ...

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/16091

COVID-19 and religious minorities
Wonisch K, Topidi K, Rein D, Medda-Windischer R (2020)
Presentation/Speech

Conference: Minorities and Covid-19| A webinar series of the Institute for Minority Rights, Eurac Research | Bolzano : 13.5.2020 - 21.7.2020

More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJH-fRJ-uvU

https://hdl.handle.net/10863/17055

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