Minorities and autonomies

Online e in presenza

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula piccola

Online e in presenza

Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Polo delle Scienze Umane e sociali
Aula piccola

Development of autonomies and promotion of minority rights are two fundamental components of a cultural and political strategy aimed at building a plural society, capable of valuing and benefiting from social, cultural, and religious differences.

The workshop aims to focus on the relationship between these two components, examining it with reference to the different types of minorities and autonomies. Indeed, not all minorities are the same: there are national, linguistic, religious (and many other) minorities, each with its own characteristics. And likewise, the notion of autonomy includes territorial, normative, jurisdictional, and institutional autonomies (just to name a few), which also differ in content and function.

These articulations of the two notions have already been the subject of in-depth analyses that have highlighted the specific features of the various types of minorities and autonomies. What, however, has remained more in the shadows is the relationship between each type of minority and each type of autonomy, that is whether and how much the element that qualifies a minority -nationality, language, religion- affects the type and content of the autonomy that minority claims with respect to a state where the majority belongs to a different nationality, speaks a different language, or professes a different religion.

The meeting aims at discussing the relationship between different forms of autonomy and different types of minorities, in particular the religious ones.


The seminar will be held in English.

The presentation will be in-person in the FBK Aula Piccola while seats last and online.

Registration by September 14, 2023 at 13:00 a.m. is required in order to arrange the connection.



Greetings and introduction
Massimo Leone, FBK-Università di Torino

Silvio Ferrari, FBK-Università di Milano
Ilaria Valenzi,  FBK-Confronti

National minorities and autonomies 
Kyriaki Topidi, European Centre for Minority Issues, ECMI


Linguistic minorities and autonomies
Mattia Zeba, EURAC

Religious minorities and autonomies 
Rossella Bottoni, Università di Trento


Roberto Toniatti, Università di Trento




  • Massimo Leone - Speaker
    FBK and Università di Torino
    Director of the Center for Religious Studies, FBK, Full Professor of Philosophy of Communication at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Turin, Italy.
  • Silvio Ferrari - Speaker
    FBK and University of Milan
    Professor of law and religion, Director of the research project Atlas of religious and belief minority rights
  • Ilaria Valenzi - Speaker
    FBK and Confronti
    Practicing lawyer, expert of religious organization law. She works at the research project Atlas of religious or belief minority rights
  • Mattia Zeba - Guest Speaker
    Mattia Zeba is a Researcher at the Institute for Minority Rights of Eurac Research in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy)
  • Kyriaki Topidi - Guest Speaker
    Researcher at the European Center on minority issues, particularly on national minorities
  • Rossella Bottoni - Guest Speaker
    Università di Trento
    Law and religion professor. She works at the research project Atlas of religious and belief minority rights
  • Roberto Toniatti - Guest Speaker
    Università di Trento
    Professor of Comparative law, expert of legal pluralism and law of European integration


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 14/09/2023.



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