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Mihai Popa

Mihai Popa currently is a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens/Greece and an Associate Researcher at the ‘Law and Anthropology’ Department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale)/Germany. He finalized his doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in 2016 with a dissertation about the role of religion, kinship and state policy for the everyday provision of social support among Orthodox Old Believers living in rural Romania. In the past two years, he has conducted post-doctoral research in Romania on the dynamics of cooperation and conflict between religious organizations, religious and secular NGOs, and the state, and on the relevance of the European Court of Human Rights for these dynamics (see www.grassrootsmobilise.eu). Mihai Popa’s work at the Centre draws on his post-doctoral fieldwork and spans the themes of familial pluralism, legal pluralism, and religious diversity. In focus are especially the conservative religious mobilizations that have taken momentum in the face of recent supranational normative changes regarding the legal protection of same-sex couples.