Dr Lina Molokotos-Liederman

Affiliated Researcher


Lina Molokotos-Liederman holds a PhD in sociology of religion from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE, Paris-France, 2001). Her current research interests include humour and religion. Lina has developed a research project for which the Woolf Institute is fundraising. In this project she hopes to explore the potential of humour as an innovative tool in interfaith engagement. She is also co-editing a forthcoming book on Muslims and humour and is co-founder of the Humour and Religion Network (HRN).

Lina worked on the Faith & Fashion project at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts (UAL), where she was also Research Fellow for an AHRC-funded project on “Modest Fashion in UK Women's Working Life”. She served as Editorial Manager of Religion, State & Society journal (Routledge) and is a member of the editorial board. She has worked as a project-based researcher for various organisations including: Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre (CRS), Uppsala University; Centre for European Studies, University of Exeter. She has co-edited three academic volumes, including Religion and Welfare in Europe (BUP/Policy Press, 2017) and published numerous peer reviewed articles in French and English on a range of topics including: religion and social welfare in Europe; international faith-based humanitarian action; and religion and education.

See her Academia profile: https://independent.academia.edu/LinaMolokotosLiederman


“Dressing for the Other, Dressing for Interfaith”, Woolf Institute blog, 6 April 2021, https://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/blog/dressing-for-the-other-dressing-for-interfaith

Modest Fashion in UK Women’s Working Life: A report for fashion and the creative industries and creative arts education (2021), co-authored with Reina Lewis and Kristin Aune, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, in association with London College of Fashion/University of the Arts London and Coventry University, https://www.arts.ac.uk/research/current-research-and-projects/curation-and-culture/modest-fashion-in-uk-womens-working-life2

Modest Fashion in UK Women’s Working Life: A report for employers, HR professionals, religious organisations and policy makers (2021), co-authored with Reina Lewis and Kristin Aune, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, in association with London College of Fashion/University of the Arts London and Coventry University, https://www.arts.ac.uk/research/current-research-and-projects/curation-and-culture/modest-fashion-in-uk-womens-working-life2

“The Role of Popular Culture in the Interfaith Encounter: A Soft Power?”, Woolf Institute blog, 15 June 2020, https://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/blog/the-role-of-popular-culture-in-the-interfaith-encounter-a-soft-power

“Do Opposites Attract? Exploring Two Unlikely Partners: Humour and Religion”, Woolf Institute blog,

30 October 2019, https://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/blog/do-opposites-attract-exploring-two-unlikely-partners-humour-and-religion

“A tribute to David Martin”, SocrelNews, British Sociological Association (BSA), Issue 9, June 2019.

“La réponse de l'Église orthodoxe de Grèce face aux effets humanitaires de la crise économique”, Archives en sciences sociales des religions (No. 185, 2019).

“Breaking barriers, increasing understanding, one joke at a time”, Global Plus - ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives), 6 April 2018, http://globalplus.thearda.com/globalplus-religion-and-humor/

Religion and Welfare in Europe: Gendered and Minority Perspectives, edited volume (with Anders Bäckström and Grace Davie), 2017, Policy Press.

“The Intersections of State, Family and Church in Italy and Greece” (with Margarita Markoviti). In: Religion and Welfare in Europe: Gendered and Minority Perspectives, edited by Lina Molokotos-Liederman (with Anders Bäckström and Grace Davie), 2017, Policy Press.

“The impact of the crisis on the Orthodox Church of Greece: a moment of challenge and opportunity?”, Religion, State & Society, 2016, 44/1.

“La transmission du religieux à l’école grecque: tentatives de réforme d’une question récurrente”, L'annuaire Droit et Religions, volume 8, 2015-2016.

“Faith and charity: European crisis presents opportunities, challenges for church and state”, Global Plus - ARDA (Association of Religion Data Archives), 31 October 2015, http://globalplus.thearda.com/globalplus-religion-and-the-economic-crisis-in-europe/

Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries: Conceptualising and Understanding National and Ethnic Identity Through Boundary Approaches, co-edited with Jennifer Jackson, 2014, Routledge Publishing.

Innovation in the Christian Orthodox Tradition? The Question of Change in Greek Orthodox Thought and Practice, co-edited with Trine Stauning Willert, 2012, Ashgate Publishing.

“Religion as a Solution to Social Problems: A Christian Orthodox Approach”. In: Religion and Social Problems, edited by Titus Hjelm, 2010, Routledge Publishing.

The Education of Migrant Children: An NGO Guide to EU Policies and Actions, co-authored with Jana Huttova and Elif Kalaycioglu, 2010, Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations. 

“The Disgraceful and the Divine in Greek Welfare: The Cases of Thiva and Livadeia”, co-authored with Effie Fokas. In: Welfare and Religion in 21st Century Europe: Configuring the Connections, edited by Anders Bäckström, Grace Davie and Ninna Edgardh, 2010, Ashgate Publishing.

“Sacred Words in a Secular Beat: the Free Monks Phenomenon at the Intersection of Religion, Youth and Popular Culture”. In: Orthodox Christianity in 21st Century Greece: The Role of Religion in Politics, Ethnicity and Culture, edited by Victor Roudometof, 2010, Ashgate Publishing.

Orthodox Diakonia Worldwide. An Initial Assessment (2009), International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) https://iocc.org/get-updated/press-release/iocc-publishes-orthodox-diakonia-report

“Greece : A Case of Selective Secularization and Deprivatization of Religion?” In: Secularism, Women and the State in the Mediterranean World Today, edited by Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar, 2008, published by the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture (ISSSC), Trinity College, Hartford, CT.

“Le rôle des ONG humanitaires orthodoxes dans l’action sociale et le développement international: le cas des organisations orthodoxes”. In : Les ONG confessionnelles. Religions et actions internationales, edited by Bruno Duriez, François Mabille and Kathy Rousselet, 2007, Paris: Collection "Religions en questions", published by L'Harmattan and the AFSR (Association française des sciences sociales des religions).

“Looking at Religion and Greek National Identity from the Outside: The National Identity Cards Conflict through the Eyes of Greek Minorities”, Religion, State & Society, 2007, 35/2.

“The Greek ID Cards Controversy: A Case Study on Religion and National Identity in a Changing European Union”, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 2007, 22/2.

“L’enseignement de la religion en Grèce au miroir des manuels scolaires“. In : Des Maitres et Des Dieux–Écoles et Religions en Europe, edited by Jean–Paul Willaime and Séverine Mathieu, 2005, Paris: Bélin, 71–82.

“Religious Pluralism in Greece”, Canadian Diversity (published by the Association for Canadian Studies in collaboration with the Metropolis Project), 2005 4/3: 21–24.

“Sacred Words, Profane Music? The Free Monks as a Musical Phenomenon in Contemporary Greek Orthodoxy”, Sociology of Religion, 2004, 65/4: 403–416.

“Mutations et débats sur la question religieuse dans l’espace scolaire grec”, Social Compass, 2004, 51/4: 481–491.

“L’orthodoxie à l’école en Grèce”, Revue Internationale d’Education Sèvres, 2004, 36: 71–83.

“Identity Crisis: Greece, Orthodoxy and the European Union”, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 2002,18/3: 291–315.

“La religion à l’école en France et en Angleterre”, Agora – Débats/Jeunesses, 2001, 28: 114–130.

“Pluralisme et éducation: l’expression de l’appartenance religieuse à l’école publique. Le cas des élèves d’origine musulmane en France et en Angleterre à travers la presse”, Annuaire EPHE – Section des Sciences Religieuses, 2001, 109: 535–538.

“Religious Diversity in Schools: the Muslim Headscarf Controversy and Beyond”, Social Compass, 2000, 47/3: 367–81.

“Pluralism in Education: the Display of Islamic Affiliation in French and British Schools”, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, 2000, 11/1: 105–17.

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