FEDE Study day

Education, The religious phenomenon and business

Date: 07 November 2017

Location: The Town Hall of the 9th arrondissement – Paris (France)

General information: A study day composed of four round tables

Special particularity of the day: It is sponsored by the Professor Maffesoli and the Mayor of the 9th arrondissement (Ms Delphine Bürkli).


Everything today seems to bring us back to religion: whether it is a matter of tackling international relations (isis/daesh) or the great subjects of society (GPA= “Gestation pour autrui” meaning surrogate motherhood for example), but here is the paradox: Despite this omnipresence, we find it difficult to think of the religious world, of a religious world view. If you want proof, ask your neighbours to define the terms, religious, religions and spiritual, and you will be surprised at the answers they give…

Hence our study day devoted to the religious worldview; but naturally to do this we have had to narrow our field of research, and taking into account the DNA of the FEDE have we decided to create a day entitled “Education, the Religious phenomenon and business”.

This study day should strongly interest FEDE students within the context of their education regarding citizenship.

So reserve your places (300 maximum available)


Round Table 1: Secularism, the religious phenomenon and Business

While current events remind us that religion is making its “big comeback” in the business world (See the government report of November 2016 devoted to the fact of religion in business) a more thorough reading would tend to prove that the “sacred” is, in reality, an integral structural part of the economic and social sphere.

Although secular in appearance, businesses are, in fact, responsible for expressions of the “sacred” that they have to more or less accept. No business leader can neglect this dimension without the risk of weakening his/her organisation. The strong intention of this particular round table is to underline this.


Invited guests:

Jean-Michel Quillardet, Olivier Konarzewski, Marc Horwitz, Olivier Bischoff, Michel Maffesoli, François Venutolo

Round Table 2: Religious Education in European Higher Education

The place accorded to religions in European state schools reflects the history of countries where the church has been dominant.

It also testifies to the great diversity of relations that exist between the state and religions that exist on the continent. If in France the Church and the State have been separated since 1905, it is far from being the case with all its neighbours. In some countries, national identity and religion are highly intertwined: Italy, Malta and Ireland with Catholicism, Denmark with Lutheranism, Greece with the Orthodox church…

Another factor generating different situations on a European scale is the greater, or lesser, centralisation of education. In France, educational programmes and lessons are determined at the national level. In Germany, these issues are regionalised, whilst in Great Britain, local authorities and school Heads have a wide margin for manoeuvre.

The present round table aims to propose an assessment of, and perspectives relative to the teaching of the religious phenomenon in European secondary and University education.


Invited guests:

Gérard Gobry, Françoise Ladoues

Round Table 3: Higher Education and the Training of Religious Managers (Rabbis, Priests, Imans) in Europe

What about training in Islam and other religions in higher education?

This is the question that underpins this round table?

European Muslims feel it is urgent to set up Islamic higher education institutions to form associative leaders, teachers and religious representatives. To identify the most interesting initiatives is the objective of this round table, which will be not be solely limited to the initiatives taken by Muslims.


Invited Guests :

Jérôme Prigent, Claude Roels, Gérard Gobry, Françoise Ladoues, Jean-François Petit

Round table 4: Should, or could, the teaching of ethics be an "alternative" to religious teaching in European universities?

A compulsory “ethics” course is given to pupils who do not attend a religious course in Baden-Württemberg (under the School Act). This teaching, which is of an optional nature, deals with the “non-religious morality” in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, “social or civic values” in primary education and “ethical values” in Secondary education in Spain and , ‘Training in the understanding of the meaning  of what is life’ in the Netherlands.

On the other hand, this teaching is not undertaken in Italy, where “alternative” activities are determined by each institution within the framework of its didactic autonomy, nor in Sweden, where ethical questions are, however, dealt with in the teaching of “the knowledge of religions “.

A question arises invariably; Is it desirable to replace the teaching of religion with a teaching of ethics?


Invited guests:

Marc Horwitz, Aurélien Fouillet, Jérôme Prigent, Gérard Gobry, Albert-Jean Mougin, Jean-François Petit


Message from the Mayor – FEDE Study Day (07-11-2017)

Delphine Bürkli, Mayor of the 9th arrondissement of Paris tells us about the study day in which she will be taking part.

What was it that led you to want to be associated with this day?
It was important that such a meeting should take place at the Mairie (Town Hall) of the 9th arrondissement, only a few steps away from the FEDE headquarters. The 9th arrondissement, in the heart of Paris, is a neighbourhood where people of different origins and religious persuasions meet and rub shoulders with each other and it is therefore right that the Mairie, and the neighbourhood,welcomes this type of debate. In addition, I want to fully encourage the initiative of the FEDE and its President, Claude Vivier Le Got, which seeks to question, in a positive way, the role of religion in our society.

What are you expecting from, and hoping to be the result, of such a day?
I hope that these discussions will lead to the development of a deeper understanding of the place of the religious phenomenon, in the School context as well as in that of the world of business. This study day is all the more important as the theme of education lies at the heart of the priorities of the municipal team of the 9th arrondissement.