A three-year European Marie Skłodowska-Curie scholarship was awarded to Dr. Evgenia Mesaritou within the framework of the “Horizon 2020” programme of the European Union. The scholarship, which began on the 1st of September 2017, is funded for the amount of € 222, 446.80, and it will allow Dr. Mesaritou to work for two years at the Department for the Study of Religion of the University of Toronto (Canada) under the supervision of Prof. Simon Coleman and one year at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus, under the supervision of Prof. Yiannis Papadakis.

The project, entitled ‘Sharing without Solidarity: Politics, Heritage and Pilgrimage in a Divided European Society’ is interdisciplinary and it will investigate how religion, politics and heritage intersect in a deeply divided European society, by examining the Christian-Orthodox monastery of Apostle Andreas (Karpass peninsula, Cyprus). The shrine is mainly visited by Greek-Cypriots and, to a lesser extent, by Turkish-Cypriots, and it is currently being restored in a project in which both communities are involved.

Using semi-structured interviews with pilgrims and officials involved in the shrine’s management and restoration, participant observation, and visual and archival research material, the study will look at (a) the attempts to restore the shrine, and (b) the revival of pilgrimages in conditions of ongoing division.