Final Conference

Scores of researchers from around the globe gathered In Brussels with policymakers & civil society representatives to discuss the GREASE project’s conclusions.

Participation in the event, held 22-23 September 2022, was in-person.
The conference was live-streamed.
+++ See programme, slide presentations, and speaker photos below +++


  • How countries in various world regions deal with religiously-inspired violent radicalisation
  • How religious diversity is managed in different societies
  • How states and religious institutions engage with one another (and with what outcomes)
  • Strengths and limitations of secularist approaches
  • How religion relates to nationalism


Research and Policy Conference


Scientific Organisers:
Anna Triandafyllidou | European University Institute and Toronto Metropolitan University
Tina Magazzini | European University Institute
Tariq Modood | University of Bristol

Day 1 / 22 September

Religiously-inspired Radicalisation: How can it be prevented?
Policy Insights from Europe, Asia and the MENA region

09.00 – 09.30 Registration and Coffee

09.30 – 10:00 Welcome and Introduction: Anna Triandafyllidou and Tariq Modood, GREASE project; and Eugenia Strantza, European Commission

10.00 – 12.30
Why is religiously-inspired violent radicalisation on the rise across the world despite government efforts to manage religious diversity? Are secularist approaches privileging less engagement with religion the way to go or should we favour a deeper engagement between state and religious institutions? And what should such engagement look like?

Chair: Anna Triandafyllidou (EUI/Toronto Metropolitan University)

A framework for analysing the governance of religion and state relations
Tariq Modood and Thomas Sealy (University of Bristol)

Deep respect for religion: Insights from South and Southeast Asia
Gurpreet Mahajan (Jawaharlal Nehru University, just retired), Pradana Boy Zulian (University of Muhammadiyah Malang) and Muhammad Rezaur Rahman (University of Bristol)

Governing state-religion relations in Muslim majority countries in the MENA region
Hisham Hellyer (RUSI)

Discussants’ Roundtable
Eugenia Relaño Pastor (Complutense University and Fundamental Rights Agency), Constantinos Alexandris (European External Action Service)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch Break –Screening of GREASE Films

14.00 – 16.00
How are states reacting to religiously inspired violent radicalisation? What works and why?

Chair: Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)

Why aren’t people in the MENA region radicalising more?
Hisham Hellyer (RUSI)
(Please consult our Concept Paper and Handbook)

The (non-)radicalisation effect in southern Europe
Tina Magazzini (EUI) and Anna Triandafyllidou (TMU)

Preventing religiously inspired violent radicalisation in western Europe and Australia: What works and what does not work
Thomas Sealy (University of Bristol), Michele Grossman and Vivian Gerrand (Deakin University)

(Please consult our Policy Brief)

Discussants’ Roundtable
Tahir Abbas (Leiden University), Ilke Dagli Hustings (The Centre for Sustainable Peace and Democratic Development), Ruby Gropas (IDEA, European Commission)

Day 1 Speaker Photos

Day 2 / 23 September

Governing Religious Diversity: Variations of Secularism and National Traditions

09.00 – 09.30 Coffee and Welcome
09.30 – 11:00
Variations of Secularism: Insights from different world regions

Chair: Francesca Scrinzi, University of Glasgow

Comparing the policies and practices of the UK, France, Germany and Belgium
Thomas Sealy (University of Bristol)

State religion relations in southern and southeastern Europe
Tina Magazzini (EUI) and Anna Triandafyllidou (EUI/TorontoMet U)

Comparing state-religions relations in different world regions
Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)

Umut Korkut (Glasgow Caledonian University), Tobias Cremer (Oxford University)

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00
What is the relationship between religion and nationalism? Can it be constructive?

Chair: Umut Korkut

Religion and nationalism: Dangerous Liasons
Anna Triandafyllidou (TMU)

(Please consult our Concept Paper)

Between post-Communism legacies and religious nationalism in south-eastern Europe
Lily Yakova (CSD)

Passive or Active Secularism in Central Europe : the case of Hungary
Daniel Vekony (Vytautas Magnus University)

Religion and Nationalism in the former Soviet space: the case of Russia
Egdūnas Račius (Vytautas Magnus University)

(Please consult our case study reports on Bulgaria, Albania, Hungary, and Russia)

Pralay Kanungo (Leiden University), Francesca Scrinzi (University of Glasgow)

Day 2 Speaker Photos