Author Archives: Madisun

Announcing a new journal: Journal of Dharma Studies

The journal’s mission is to employ theoretical and empirical methodologies for the intersubjective understanding of, and real-world applications of the conceptual resources, textual sources, and experiential practices—including ritual, social, ethical, liturgical, contemplative, or communitarian—to foster critical-constructive reflections on Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist traditions: what is now referred to as Dharma Studies.

Editors-in-Chief: Rita D. Sherma, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA
  • Investigates, presents, interprets, and envisions the shared and distinct categories of the life-worlds of the Indic Religions globally
  • In a multidisciplinary format with articles from religious studies, philosophy, ethics, cultural studies, musicology, film, contemporary issues, sociology, anthropology, and the arts
  • Within a structure that maintains the rigor of conventional academic discourse, but adds methodological contextualization and investigative, epistemic, hermeneutical and evaluative perspectives from these religious and cultural traditions.

Optimism Reigns Over Arab Renaissance Amman Conference


This is meant to share some “good news” coming from a region in conflict:
Optimism Reigns Over Arab Renaissance Amman Conference (By Mohammed Hashas, 03 May 2018)
“I was very pleased to participate in a lively and timely international conference (and congress), entitled “Arab Renaissance: Renewing the Civilizational Message,” organized in Amman, Jordan, on 25-26 April 2018, in the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Arab Renaissance Foundation for Democracy and Development (ARDD), directed by a young lady, the lawyer Samar Muhareb, and whose board of trustees is presided over by Zaid Eyadat, a professor of Political Science at the University of Jordan. The conference took part in collaboration with the University of Jordan, Arab Thought Forum, and the American University of Beirut.

Prominent Arab philosophers and thinkers took part in the conference, which was attended by a large audience during the two days of the proceedings; these scholars include Hassan Hanafi (Egypt), despite his old age and move in wheelchair, Abu Yaareb al-Marzuki (Tunisia), Muhammad Shahrur (Syria), Ali Oumlil (Morocco), Abdeljabbar al-Rifai (Iraq), Abdellah Seyyid Ould Bah (Mauritania),  Ridwan el-Sayyid (Lebanon), besides many others; female scholars and activists, like Fahima Sharafeddine, Suad Joseph, Magda Essanoussi, underlined especially gender issues and their challenges in the Arab world, and beyond. Youth voices were very present during the discussion sessions and contributed to energetic debates.

Hanafi centralized the role of human change and perpetual interpretations of religion and the tradition, and asked the youth to rebel whenever their rights and aspirations are not met by the ruling class or are threatened by external hegemons; he demanded an urgent revival of the humanist spirit in the tradition; al-Marzuki underlined the role of history and economics in human growth, and challenged the idea of renaissance and awakening, saying that without strong and independent economies and serious ethics of work, social growth may remain a wishful thinking; at the same time he enumerated the various benefits of the early Arab Renaissance of the 19th and early 20th century, among which the revival of the Arabic language and literatures; ultimately, he said that the current catastrophes in the Arab world reflect the crises of not only the Arabs but those of the modern world as well; the Arab world has a civilizational mission, and should not be eclipsed by the ongoing ruins and wars; this region has a place in world history and it can always revive it, differently, creatively, he said. Al-Rifai called for reinvigorating the humanist aspect of religion, and argued that religion is not only law; law is a very small aspect of which, and it is historical; Shahrur went so far as to say that the Muslim legal scholars have misunderstood the Islamic message, and made of law its core; he also said that early Muslim theologians and legal theorists centralized the life of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions, in mimicry of Christianity and the centrality of Jesus Christ, at the expense of the Quran, whose central place has to be reclaimed for renewal. As for

Ould Bah and Oumlil, they both read the current political crisis as a return to pre-modern notions of sectarian politics by which the established institutions of the modern states are put to the ground in a number of Arab countries and capitals. El-Sayyid, after having critically examined the Quranic studies literature in Western academia, went back to the Arab world to say that the current young generations of Arabs at the university for example lack interest in local issues and in the ideas of reform and renaissance because they belong to a more digital and global generation; their concerns are different, and it is challenging to expect them to have the same concerns as those of the pioneers of reforms.

In sum, these big figures that represent the 1967 generation of Arab philosophers and intellectuals all emphasized the need of real ethical work to not only save what could be saved but importantly to renew the old hopes of the Arab Renaissance of the 19th century, by underlining human rights, humanist values, pluralism, rule of law, and economic growth. The congress ended by launching the birth of Arab Renaissance Center for Thought, as part of ARDD foundation.

One could not but be optimist despite the dark present in the region and around the world! Arab scholars have given this message of hope as a moral duty for the locals first, and for the world outside as well.”

Kind regards,


The journal of ‘Sociology of Social Institutions

We are pleased to invite interested scholars to submit papers for possible publication in the journal of Sociology of Social Institutions (SSI). The journal of SSI is essentially in Persian language (Farsi) published by The University of Mazandaran, Iran. Detailed information of this journal is available at this link:

We plan to allocate one special issue of the SSI in English language. This will be a primary attempt for possibly further developments in future. The submissions to this special issue should focus principally on the context of Iran, while comparative studies between Iran and other countries are also acceptable. This special issue covers a wide range of topics from a sociological perspective. The topics, for instance, can include (but, not limited to) issues such as social institutions, social capital, family, social deviances, gender, population, migration, youth, etc. Again, the submissions need to have a central focus on Iran from a sociological perspective.

 At this stage, we accept abstracts with maximum 500 words. The abstract should clearly indicate the aim, methodology, data, and key results. Also, a short bio of the authors with max 500 words including university affiliation and contact details need to be added into abstracts.

Abstracts Submission Deadline: May 30, 2018.

For more information and inquiries, please contact Dr Yaghoob Foroutan (

 The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified and informed about the detailed instructions of full articles by June 20, 2018. The deadline for the submission of full articles will be August 30, 2018.

 Abstracts Submission Deadline: May 30, 2018

 Please send abstract (simultaneously) to:

–          Professor Akbar Aliverdinia (

–          Associate Professor Dr Heidar Janalizadeh (

–          Associate Professor Dr Yaghoob Foroutan (

Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,

The University of Mazandaran, IRAN,

Politology of Religion: A Biannual Conference”, November 23-24th 2018

Dear members of ISA’s RC 22, 

It is my great pleasure to share a CfP for “Politology of Religion: A Biannual Conference”. to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, November 23-24th 2018. 
Deadline for proposing a paper/panel is June 30th 2018. You can find more information about the conference here, or in the attached file. 
We are looking forward to your proposals!

Publication announcement

Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Halal Food Consumption in East and West (with Appendix of Survey Report), Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Research Paper Series, Vol.5. Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, March 2018 (ISBN: 9784990740245).   This is downloadable from here:

New book on multicultural and transnational families at Palgrave Macmiallan

Dear colleagues, 

I am happy to let you know that a new book focused on multicultural and transnational families in Europe has been recently released by Palgrave Macmiallan. Please feel free to get back to me if you would like to make a review and I’ll forwad you addresses of conatact people. 

Chees, Alissa Tolstokorova

Making Multicultural Families in Europe: Gender and Intergenerational Relations. Crespi, Isabella, Giada Meda, Stefania, Merla, Laura (Eds.) London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

The book is published in three formats:

– Hardback and e-book on Palgrave MacMillan’s website:

– Downloadable pdf version (either in one piece or each chapter separately) on Springer’s website:

This edited collection explores family relations in two types of  ‘migrant families’ in Europe: mixed families and transnational families. Based on in-depth qualitative fieldwork and large surveys, the contributors analyse gender and intergenerational relations from a variety of standpoints and migratory flows. In their examination of family life in a migratory context, the authors develop theoretical approaches from the social sciences that go beyond migration studies, such as intersectionality, the solidarity paradigm, care circulation, reflexive modernization and gender convergence theory.
Making Multicultural Families in Europe will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including migration and transnationalism studies, family studies, intergenerational studies, gender studies, cultural studies, development studies, globalization studies, ethnic studies, gerontology studies, social network analysis and social work.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Transnational and Mixed Families: Key Issues and Emerging Trends

    Giada Meda, Stefania (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • Global Householding’ in Mixed Families: The Case of Thai Migrant Women in Belgium

    Fresnoza-Flot, Asuncion (et al.)

    Pages 23-37

  • Doing Gender’ Across Cultures: Gender Negotiations in European Bi-national Couple Relationships

    Brahic, Benedicte

    Pages 39-53

  • Reversal of the Gender Order? Male Marriage Migration to Germany by Turkish Men: New Forms of Gendered Transnationalization of Migrant Offsprings in Germany

    Apitzsch, Ursula

    Pages 55-70

  • Comparing Sibling Ties in Inter-ethnic and Intra-ethnic Families in Germany

    Balaban, Ebru (et al.)

    Pages 71-89

  • Intercultural Negotiations Over a Newborn: The Case of Persians in the United Kingdom

    Amirmoayed, Ali

    Pages 91-106

  • Distant Relationships in Transnational Families and Kinship Networks: The Case of Turkish Migrants in Germany

    Reisenauer, Eveline

    Pages 109-126

  • Intimacies of Power in the Circulation of Care: Making Gender Across Generations. Transnational Andean Families in Quito and Madrid

    Dallemagne, Grégory

    Pages 127-143

  • And They Shall Be One Flesh…’: Gender Convergence of Family Roles in Transnational Families of Ukrainian Migrant Women

    Tolstokorova, Alissa

    Pages 145-159

  • Intergenerational Solidarity in Romanian Transnational Families

    Hărăguș, Mihaela (et al.)

    Pages 161-177

  • Transnational Families in Lithuania: Multi-dimensionality and Reorganization of Relationships

    Juozeliūnienė, Irena (et al.)

    Pages 179-196

  • Gender and Care in Transnational Families: Empowerment, Change, and Tradition

    Isaksen, Lise Widding (et al.)

    Pages 197-214

  • Not Fit for Migration with Teenage Children’: Polish Transnational Immigrant Families in Ireland

    Sokolowska, Beata

    Pages 215-231

  • Migration Matters: Insights into Intergenerational Solidarity Patterns in Europe

    König, Ronny (et al.)
    Pages 233-253

Call for Submissions: The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Migration

Greetings all,

As your teaching term draws to a close and you prepare for a summer of research we would like to invite you to consider submitting your academic work for consideration as a chapter in the The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Migration, edited by Rubina Ramji ( and Alison Marshall ( Below/attached is the call for papers. Proposals are due June 1, 2018.  Complete papers are due January 1, 2019.

If you have any questions or thoughts please don’t hesitate to be in touch with either one of us.

Please help us spread the word. Many thanks!

 Many thanks!


2 PhD positions in Bern

Dear Colleagues,
The Institute for the Science of Religion at the University of Bern is offering 2 full-time PhD positions starting 1 July 2018 to work on the research project “The Legacy of the 1960s and 1970s: Religious and Scientific Entanglements.”
The attachment provides information about the project and the application process.
Kind regards,
Andrea Rota

cosmopolitan enclaves

Dear Colleagues,
The EASA paper proposal deadline is approaching and we remind you that we invite papers for our panel “Cosmopolitan enclaves. Tensions and paradoxes” at the upcoming conference of the European Association for Social Anthropologists at Stockholm University, 14-17 August, 2018Please find the abstract below.  
Call for Papers closes on 9 April. Propose your paper via the following link:
You do not need to be an EASA member to propose a paper. (If your paper proposal is accepted you will then have to become an EASA member in order to be able to participate in the conference.)
Cosmopolitan enclaves. Tensions and paradoxes
Short abstract :
This panel will discuss the concept of ‘cosmopolitan enclaves’ in its spatial, economic and social dimensions. In particular, it will address the theoretical and empirical relevance of rearticulating mobility and space for understanding the paradoxes of cosmopolitan enclavement.

Long abstract :
This panel will offer theoretical and ethnographic insights into the concept of ‘cosmopolitan enclaves’. In particular, it will address the telling tensions and scholarly potential of combining the transnational ideal of cosmopolitanism (e.g. Hannerz, 1990; Vertovec & Cohen, 2002) with the exclusive segregation implied by the concept of spatial, economic or social enclaves (e.g. Portes & Manning, 1985; Ferguson, 2005; Ballif, 2009). It will address the paradoxical localization of these social spaces, and discuss how far certain actors rely on cosmopolitan enclaves as a resource for (im)mobility and territorial claims. The panel will further consider which stances are developed from within these enclaves towards outsiders—so-called non-cosmopolitan locals—and how practices of inclusion and exclusion reinforce enclaves’ boundaries.

Possible questions for individual papers include: What practices and representations of geographic mobility support the creation and reproduction of cosmopolitan enclaves? What are the specific attributes of such spaces, what are their underlying territorial claims, and what are their implicit ‘admission criteria’? How do they favor (unequal) access to specific resources? How far do these cosmopolitan enclaves participate to (counter)hegemonic narratives? How are enclave boundaries created and maintained?

Through both theoretical inputs and a range of case studies (involving, for example, international schools, transnational social activism, expat communities, multinational companies, expert communities, high end resorts, NGOs, religious communities…), this panel will shed light on how a localized cosmopolitan stance can both reinforce and undermine the formation of enclavement, keeping a keen eye on its political and social implications.

Jeanne Rey (University of Teacher Education Fribourg & Graduate Institute Geneva)
Matthieu Bolay (University of applied sciences HEP|PH Fribourg)
Yonatan Nissim Gez (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Workshop on Transnational and Multicultural Nationalisms

Workshop on Transnational and Multicultural Nationalisms


27 April 2018

 Transnationalism has become an inevitable development in human experiences imposed by globalization and concerns domains going from the distribution of natural resources to organized crimes and terrorism. Studies for a least two decades have explored transnational phenomenon as migrants’ experiences « here and there », « at home and abroad » and have spread to an interdisciplinary approach. All sorts of networks – economic, cultural and political –connect home and host countries. These networks ensure the transfer of norms, values, and rights and foster a transnational solidarity and where new forms of interaction occur, creating new symbols and engendering identities which seek to assert themselves beyond borders. Transnationalism raises the question of nationalism and territoriality of belonging. Transnational communities are guided by a de-territorialized “imagined geography” that gives rise to a form of transnational nationalism, non territoiral, not bounded.


Among many aspects of transnationalism, in particular is of interest for this one day workshop is to clarify what this phenomenon encompasses in terms of nationalism and national identity; how the modes of attachment that we find here relate to the relevant political authorities and how transnationalism relates to multiculturalism. To some the emergence of transnational communities appears as a logical next step to multiculturalism defined as a “politics of recognition”. But for scholars who is advocating a multicultural nationalism, like Tariq Modood for Britain, the key political challenge today is monocultural, populist nationalism and they think that the multiculuralising of national citizenship is a more feasible response than cosmopolitianism or other post-national tendencies.


If these variations of nationalism are perceived as challenge to states, studies show that states following their migrants in movement intervene in order to “reterritoiralize” globalized identities. In doing so they compete with a more bottoms-up transnationalism or a vernacular cosmopolitanism as well as with polities re-asserting their national identities, in monocultural or multicultural ways. We seek to understand these alternative and competing nationalisms as responses to migration-based diversity and the interactive dynamics between these political ideas and movements.


This one day workshop will bring together scholars who have been working on transnationalism in realtion to multiculturalism, nationalism, and citizesnhip.


 10h00 – 12h30

Panel 1: Transnationalism with regard to state and nationalism : conceptual and methodological framework

Tariq Modood, University of Bristol: Multicultural nationalism and citizenship

Riva Kastoryano, Sciences Po – CERI – CNRS: Transnational nationalism and the state

Thomas Faist, University of Bielefeld: Transnational civil society and sate and citizenship

Discussant: Hélène Thiollet, Sciences Po – CERI – CNRS

Pause déjeuner

14h30 – 17h30

Panel 2: Transnational and multicultural politics of integration

Ruud Koopmans, WZB : Assimilation and Multiculturalism

Marco Antonsich, Loughborough University : Multicultural Nationalism : connecting the macro and the micro

Thomas Lacroix : From simultaneity to plurality. Transnationalism in action

Discussant : Hélène Thiollet, Sciences Po, CERI – CNRS


Responsables Scientifiques: Riva Kastoryano, Sciences Po – CERI – CNRS et Tariq Modood, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, SPAIS, University of Bristol


Venue details:

Tariq Modood, MBE, FBA, FAcSS, FRSA

Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy,

Director, University of Bristol Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS)

NEW C0-EDITED BOOK: ‘The Problem of Religious Diversity: European Challenges, Asian Approaches’:

NEW PAPER: ‘Must Interculturalists Misrepresent Multiculturalism?’