I obtained my bachelor degree in philosophy at the UFSIA (actual UA) and in 2003, I obtained my master degree in philosophy at the KULeuven, where I also obtained my teacher degree (2004). In addition, I studied religious sciences (major: religious studies) at the KULeuven (2003-2005). From 2005 to 2008, I worked as a religious education teacher in a secondary school and since 2008, I work for the Centre Pieter Gillis, where I obtained my PHD in 2012, titled "How fair is church-financing? A political-philosophical Approach". Since 2013, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre Pieter Gillis, where I also teach the course "worldviews and society" at the faculty of law.
My main research focuses on contemporary political philosophy (Rawls, Dworkin, Raz, Kymlicka, Kukathas, Galston), perfectionism versus antiperfectionism, state neutrality, church-state regimes, freedom of education and freedom of religion, religious education and faith-based schools. I published several peer-reviewed articles in national and international scientific journals and I participated in several national and international conferences, where I presented papers on these research topics.
Below, you will find a selection of my publications:
1) Franken Leni, Loobuyck Patrick (eds.) (2011). Religious Education in a Plural, Secularised Society: a Paradigm Shift. Berlin: Waxmann Verlag.
2) Franken, Leni (2014). ‘Religious and Citizenship Education in Belgium/Flanders: Suggestions for the Future’. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice 9(3), 255-267.
3) Franken, Leni (2016). Liberal Neutrality and State Support for Religion. A Political-philosophical Analysis. Zürich: Springer. [qualified as top 50% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant SpringerLink eBook Collection in 2016]
4) Franken, Leni (2016). The freedom of religion and the freedom of education in twenty-first-century Belgium: a critical approach’. British journal of religious education 38(3), 308-324. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1080/01416200.2015.1113934
5) Franken, Leni (2017). Geld voor je god? De financiering van levensbeschouwingen in België. Brussel: University Press of Antwerp.
6) Franken, Leni & Patrick Loobuyck (2017). ‘Neutrality and Impartiality in RE: an impossible aim?’ (Editorial). British Journal of religious education 39(1), 1-6. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2016.1218219
7) Franken, Leni (2017). ‘Islamic Education in Belgium: Past, Present, and Future’. Religious Education 112(5): 491-503. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00344087.2017.1303300
8) Franken, Leni (2017). ‘Deconfessionalizing RE in Québec and Flanders: a Comparative Study’. British Journal of Religious education. DOI: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01416200.2017.1292210?needAccess=true&
9) Franken, Leni (2017). ‘Coping with diversity in Religious Education: an overview’. Journal of Beliefs and Values 38(1), 105-120. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2016.1270504
10) Franken, Leni & Paul Vermeer (2017). ‘Deconfessionalising RE in pillarised education systems: a case study of Belgium and the Netherlands’. British Journal of religious education (online version), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080/01416200.2017.1405792