Religious Discourse and Radical Right Politics in Contemporary Greece

Guest lecture by Konstantinos Papastathis, University of Luxembourg

Greece has entered since 2010 into an economic vicious circle, which actually led to a ‘structural break’ for domestic politics, an effect of which has been the growth of the Radical Right. The aim of this seminar is to explore the role of the dominant Orthodox Church as a factor for this social development. It is argued that the Church’s public discourse has worked as the breeding ground for the social legitimization of ideas, which constitute primary elements of the party ideology.

The questions to be discussed are:

  • The contemporary social context.
  • The growth of the Radical Right.
  • The place of religion within the Greek public sphere.
  • The relationship between the Golden Dawn party and the Church.


Konstantinos Papastathis (PhD) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Luxembourg (IPSE Research Unit). He has worked as a research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2011-2013), as well as an adjunct lecturer at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2008-2013). His main research interests involve politics and religion, discourse analysis as well as Middle Eastern politics. He has published his work in peer-reviewed journals and editing volumes.

For more information please contact Trine Stauning Willert.