Professor Anna Bull in Research Workshop organised by Dr Eva Garau
26 June 2012
From the left, Maurizio Ambrosini, Anna Cento Bull, Roberto Mazzola
On 21 June Anna Bull took part in a Research Workshop on Islam and the Public Sphere in Europe at the University of Cagliari, Italy, organised by Dr Eva Garau.
Dr Garau is one of Prof Bull’s former doctoral students, who graduated in 2010 with a thesis on 'Immigration and National Identity in Italy'. She is currently completing a post-doctoral comparative project on ‘The interpretative models and the role of the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church in the dialogue between state and Islamic communities in Italy and the UK’. The project is funded by the EU and the Sardinian Regional Government and is coordinated by the University of Cagliari.
The workshop, which intends to be the first of a series of meetings aimed at exploring the issue of religious pluralism and the public sphere in western democratic societies, brought together scholars from different disciplines who addressed related questions.
Among these, the role of religion in the integration of migrants in Europe, the institutional and political space granted to minority religions, the role of the media, local and national identity and Islamophobia. In the audience were academics, students, representatives of local authorities and of civil society organisations working with Islamic migrants, who took part in a lively and prolonged debate.