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Charter of the European Observatory of Religions and Secularism

President: Régis Dericquebourg.

Associate Professor of psycho-sociology. Charged with overseeing research in sociology. Sociology of religions. University Charles De Gaulle-Lille 3. Member of the “Groupe de Sociologie des Religions et de la Laïcité” (Sociology of Religions and Secularism Group), CNRS-Paris.

Vice-President: Bernadette Rigal-Cellard.

Professor of North American Studies, expert in North American religions and their international expansion. In charge of the pluri-disciplinary Master “Religions and Societies”. Director of the Inter-University Canadian Study Center in Bordeaux (CECIB). Director of the Presses Universitaires of Bordeaux. University Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3.


Treasurer: Fabrice Desplan
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PhD in sociology. He teaches at the University of Charles De Gaulle-Lille 3. Sociology of Religions. Post-doctorate at the “Groupe de Sociologie des Religions et de la Laïcité” (Sociology of Religions and Secularism Group), CNRS-Paris.

The mission of the European Observatory of Religions and Secularism is to bring together  scientific research in sociology and anthropology of religions at the European level.

The research field will cover the behaviors of members of religious organizations of all types. The focus will be on the development of research on minority religious groups named sects in the sociological sense, spiritual groups or unstructured forms of religiosity, esotericism and mysticism. The studies will also concern the various facets of management of religions in European countries.
The activities of the Observatory involve promotion and facilitation of networking among European researchers in the field of religions; facilitation of collaboration among researchers in specific areas; organization of scientific colloquiums and conferences; and publication of researchers’ work. The Observatory will also endeavor to promote exchange between European researchers and networks of international researchers in particular sub-areas of the religious field of study.

The Observatory is independent of religious associations and political organizations. However, it is open to communication with human rights organizations. It can also answer tenders for research work.

The functioning of the Observatory is governed by internal regulation that conforms to laws on associations in the country where the Observatory has its seat.