Advocating religious freedom in the Helsinki process. New research perspectives on the non-state actors in view of the 50th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act (1975–2025)

Spezialisiert / Akademisch
14.10.2021 10:00    -    15.10.2021 12:45

Panel 1: New primary sources and archives
Panel 2: Religious networks in support of the CSCE, Helsinki monitoring groups
Panel 3 : Religious actors and Helsinki monitoring groups and their perspectives (first-hand testimonies and retrospect assessments)

The Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) born of the Helsinki Agreements (1973-75) is often described as one of the main diplomatic achievements of the détente era, and a crucial milestone towards ending the Cold War. Yet not only diplomats played a part in the process. Non-state actors and NGOs also did their share by lobbying CSCE staff and conference attendees for human rights and Religious freedom violations behind the Iron Curtain. Drawing on the most recent research on this topic (Badalassi and Snyder, The CSCE and the End of the Cold War: Diplomacy, Societies and Human Rights, 2019), this online workshop aims at further exploring human rights activists involved in the Helsinki process, at the interface between the Dissent and the Western public, and between state and other private networks. The focus of this workshop is on the religion, on religious networks and actors who advocate religious freedom and human rights in the CSCE process, particularly in the neutral States of Switzerland, Finland, and Austria.
14.10.2021 10:00    -    15.10.2021 12:45
Registration and Zoom link: marie.snedker (at) helsinki.fi

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Département d'histoire contemporaine
Stéphanie Roulin
Vortragende / Mitwirkende
Introduction: Katharina Kunther, University of Helsinki
Panel 1:
Eva Maurer, Swiss Eastern Institute and the Swiss Library of Eastern Europe
Anne-Emmanuelle Tankam, WCC Archive
Rüdiger Noll, CEC Archive
Marcela Zarubova, CSCE/OSCE Documentation centre
Panel 2:
Ville Jalovaara, University of Helsinki
Nadezhda Beljakova, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Science Moscow
Irena Vaišvilaitė, Vilnius University
Panel 3:
Dr Marianne von Grünigen, retired Swiss Ambassador and former president of the Swiss Helsinki Association
Rev. Dwain Epps, retired director of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) by the WCC executive committee

Stefan Kube, Glaube in der 2. Welt, Zurich
Katharina Kunger, University of Helsinki
Stéphanie Roulin, University of Fribourg
Anmeldung obligatorisch

Registration and Zoom link: marie.snedker (at) helsinki.fi

Anmeldefrist: 13.10.2021