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The formal and substantive neutrality of the public sphere

Following a preliminary reflection on «the scope of the public space», the research within this theme concentrates on religious and other symbols in the public space and on the fundamental questions of ownership of and access to the public space.

It will consider places of worship and sacred sites, religious dress codes, and private (religious) schools. It aims at providing inputs about how to rethink and restructure the public space in order to cope with the increasing religious and cultural plurality of European societies.