Let's Talk About the Future of Religion

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Moderated by Raquel Vaz-Pinto, member of the Scientific Committee of the Gulbenkian Future Forum, the conference Let’s Talk About the Future of Religion has the participation of Joseph Weiler (NYU School of Law) and Olivier Roy (European University Institute).

The opinion upheld by both authors in this Talk can be seen in the Gulbenkian Idea each of them prepared for this purpose.

This is the fifth conference of the “Let’s talk about the future” cycle, held in partnership with RTP3, in which internationally renowned speakers debate key themes of our near future.



Joseph WeilerLet’s Talk About the Future of Religion
Olivier RoyLet’s Talk About the Future of Religion



J.H.H. Weiler is University Professor at NYU Law School and Senior Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard. He served previously as President of the European University Institute, Florence. Prof. Weiler is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law (EJIL) and the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON).

Olivier Roy (1949) is presently Professor at the European University Institute (Florence): he is the scientific adviser of the Middle East Directions programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and former head of the ReligioWest research project (funded by the European Research Council). He has been a Senior Researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (since 1985), Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (since 2003), and visiting professor at Berkeley University (2008/2009). He was in charge of the OSCE’s Mission for Tajikistan (1993-94) and was a Consultant for the UN Office of the Coordinator for Afghanistan (1988). His field works include Afghanistan, Political Islam, Middle East, Islam in the West and comparative religions. Mr. Roy received an “Agrégation de Philosophie” and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences. He is the author of “The failure of political Islam” (Harvard UP 1994), “Globalized Islam” (Columbia University Press, 2004), and more recently “Holy Ignorance” (Hurst/ Oxford UP, 2010) “Jihad and Death”, (Hurst/OUP, 2017), “In search of the Lost Orient”, (Columbia UP, 2017) and “Is Europe Christian?” (Hurst, OUP 2019).


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