GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

François FORET

François FORET

Political & Social Sciences Faculty

Political Science Department - Political Sociology

& Institut d'Études Européennes - EU Politics

(Professor - Potential PhD Supervisor)

Link to ULB ID Page

Academic Degrees & Titles

Professor in Political Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles,
Director of political research at the Institute for European studies, ULB
Researcher at the Centre d'Etudes de la Vie Politique (CEVIPOL) 

  • 2001 Ph. D in Political Science, Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris
  • 1996 Post-Master (DEA) in Political Science, Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris
  • 1996 History Degree, Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Paris
  • 1995 Master from the Institute of Political Studies ("Sciences Po"), Paris 

Research Area(s)

European studies, political sociology, political anthropology 

Specific Research Interest(s)

European politics and policies; European political communication and citizenship; legitimization of the European Union ; symbolic dimensions of politics at the national and supranational levels ; collective identity and memory ; interactions between politics and religion; secularism 

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

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Overview of Publications

2011 with Xabier Itçaina (eds.), Politics of religion, religious politics: Western Europe at the crossroads, London, ECPR Series, Routledge

2010 (with Virginie Riva) « Religion between nation and Europe. The French and Belgian "no" to the Christian heritage of Europe », West European Politics, July 2010 33/4

2010 « European Political Rituals: a Challenging Tradition in the Making », International Political Anthropology, Vol.3, No.1, p. 55-77

2009 « Symbolic dimensions of EU legitimization » Media, Culture and Society, 31 (2), March 2009

2009 « Religion : a Solution or a Problem for the Legitimization of the European Union ? », Religion, State and Society, 37 (1/2).

2008 Légitimer l'Europe. Pouvoir et symbolique à l'ère de la gouvernance, Paris, Presses de Sciences Po