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Religion and Politics Summer School

Religion and Right-Wing Populism: Friends or Foes?

21 – 25 June 2021, Virtual event

Call for applications now open! Submit by Monday 26 April.

Our Standing Group on Religion and Politics is delighted to introduce the first edition of its Summer School focusing on the role of religion in the global phenomenon of right-wing populist parties and movements.

This new category of party is marked by peculiar uses of religion and religious symbols, often different from that of ‘traditional’ religiously oriented parties. While in some cases populist positions and policies go hand in hand with those of religious institutions, in others - for example on the issues of immigration and protection of the environment - they can clash with these latter.

Understanding these phenomena is crucial, also considering that they overlap with other issues and concerns such as interreligious coexistence in increasing multicultural social contexts, human rights (and particularly women’s rights and LGBT+ rights), and social justice. Read more.

The Summer School will give you the chance to:
  • Learn about the relations between religion and politics in the contemporary world
  • Get an opportunity discuss your project with a specific instructor (one slot per participant)
  • Benefit from a dedicated online platform featuring short, pre-recorded lectures, annotated readings, and exercises
  • Earn 3 ECTS credits

The Summer School is designed for:

  • Junior scholars, graduate students and MA students looking for a deep-dive into the subject of religion and politics with the help of internationally renowned scholars;
  • Members of international organisations, NGOs, and public administrations, who want to get a better theoretical basis for their work.
  • Ten two-hour lessons
  • Two receptions
  • Daily networking spaces
  • Information about participation in ECPR events and publication opportunities
  • 60 minutes of teaching
  • 30 minutes of Q&A
  • 20 minutes allocated to discussing participants’ work or thesis/dissertation projects

Participants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • A bachelor honours degree* (or an equivalent European degree).
  • A good command of the English language (minimum CEFR B1, B2 recommended), demonstrated by certificates, university transcripts of records, or else.
  • An interest in the subjects of the Summer School demonstrated by the applicants' CVs, and their academic and/or professional background.
  • The date of the application.

*If you are enrolled in a university course with a focus on religion and politics, but will not yet have a degree at the start of the Summer School, you may also apply, provided that you have completed at least one year of your course.

How to apply

Submit your application via this form by Monday 26 April. 

You'll be notified about the outcome of your application by Sunday 9 May. If you are successful, you'll receive a link to register.

Registration and fees

Registration fee: £350.

Successful applicants can register between Tuesday 11 May and Monday 14 June.

If registration payment is not received by the deadline as detailed on the website and invoice (available in your My ECPR Account), we reserve the right to cancel your registration.

Summer School Faculty
  • Guy Ben Porat Ben Gurion University
  • Isabelle Engeli University of Exeter
  • Eva-Maria Euchner University of Munich
  • Alberta Giorgi University of Bergamo
  • Jeffrey Haynes London Metropolitan University
  • Massimo Prearo University of Verona
  • Kristina Stoeckl University of Innsbruck
  • Sultan Tepe University of Illinois
  • Scientific Coordinator: Luca Ozzano University of Turin
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