Dr Erica Howard, Middlesex University
Bans on the wearing of religious symbols - especially the Islamic head scarf and face veil - have been enacted in, for example, France and Belgium and are being debated in some other European countries, like the Netherlands. But bans are also being enforced by employers and service providers and in educational establishments at more local levels.
The presentation will start with an analysis of the arguments used for and against legislative bans on the wearing of religious symbols in political and popular debates, in the academic literature and in court cases. This is followed by a brief discussion of the meaning of the term ‘religion’ and ‘belief’. The following questions will be examined: are these bans a violation of the human right to freedom of religion and/or of anti-discrimination law?
The SPRC Lunchtime Seminars aim at contributing to enhance research culture in our university by involving mainly Middlesex University scholars from diverse social policy areas ranging from migration to social justice and social cohesion. The seminars will take place at lunch time to give university staff, students and whoever wants to attend an opportunity to participate during their lunch break. However, please note that lunch is not provided.
Time: Wednesday 5th December (1pm - 2.30pm)
Location: Heritage Room, Town Hall Building, Hendon Campus.
If you plan to attend and for further information please contact Dr Elena Vacchelli either by email or on: 020 8411 4103.
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