Research Project

Conflicts over moral and religious issues such as gender equality, bioethics, and the role and place of religion in the public sphere have shown a disruptive potential across many societies, even in highly secularized Western European societies. They have also become the subject of political and legal debates between liberal and moral conservative political and religious actors in international institutions such as the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, and forums of inter-religious dialogue like the World Council of Churches. This project looks – from a normative theoretical and from an empirical perspective – at conflicts over religious-moral issues in these institutional arenas while focusing on the actors from the conservative spectrum and investigating their role as norm entrepreneurs. Adopting a contextualized political theory approach, the project makes use of empirical research for theory building and asks how political liberalism can do justice to value pluralism. The project will propose a postsecular theory of moral conflicts that overcomes existing biases by focusing on non-liberal and non-Western actors, in particular the Russian Orthodox Church in transnational value politics.

This project has received funding by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF START GRANT 2015 Y919 G22) and by the European Research Council (ERC STG 2015 676804).

Principal Investigator: Dr. Kristina Stoeckl


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