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GLIMER newsletter – October 2018

Last month, we met at the University of Calabria in Italy to discuss our latest work package, which focused on accommodation, regeneration and exclusion of asylum seekers and refugees in our localities. Four stakeholders from each of our country cases were invited to join our discussions, providing their own perspectives on what issues are facing Europe’s refugees and asylum seekers.


During our time in Calabria, we also visited a number of SPRAR projects in the region. Our Co-I, Tim Peace, has written a blog detailing these visits, and how the projects we visited are likely to be impacted by the recent ‘Salvini decrees’. One of our visits even featured in the local press!


Our Project Team have also been busy attending events, and publishing their own work. Our Co-I, Josie Christodoulou attended an event at the UN in New York on trafficking, while our team from Scotland will participate in the New Scots Evidence Group. Our Swedish Team also presented findings from their research through GLIMER at the Göthenborg Book Fair, and will be presenting results from our current work package at the ‘Refugees, Borders and Membership’ conference in Malmö later this month.


Since our last newsletter, our Research Fellow, Emma Hill, has also written a blogcommenting on the possible evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow by their accommodation provider, Serco. This story is ongoing, as legal battles against Serco continue, so expect more on this in the coming months.



Website: Media Page


We recently added a media page to our website! This page will include all our media appearances, and any videos, or photos we take during the project. Here you’ll find the recent media coverage of our visit to Mendicino where we met some of the employees of their SPRAR project, and the refugees who now live in the community.

Serco evictions and asylum accommodation governance: The consequences of a reserved, neoliberal accommodation model for displaced migrants in Glasgow


On 29 July 2018, private asylum accommodation provider, Serco, announced that with days notice, they would be changing the locks on up to 300 residences occupied by asylum seekers whose applications had been refused by the Home Office. The decision has been met with shock and anger both by Glasgow City Council and by the third sector and community networks the support refugees in Glasgow. Should the decision be implemented, there is a potential for 300 vulnerable people to be both destitute and homeless in Glasgow’s streets.

Stakeholder Opinions


During our recent stakeholder meeting in Calabria, we asked those who attended what they thought was the biggest challenge for the integration of refugees in Europe, and how they would approach this challenge.



Our visit to SPRAR projects in Calabria – now at risk due to the ‘Salvini decree’

In September, we held our second consortium meeting at the University of Calabria. As part of our meeting we visited local SPRAR (Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees) projects, and met those who work in, and benefit from them. In this blog, our Co-Investigator, Tim Peace, details our experience, and analyses the impact current government legislation is likely to have on these projects.

Our Research Fellow, Emma Hill, and Co-I, Tim Peace, will participate in the New Scots Evidence Group. The group will meet at twice a year to inform the New Scots: refugee integration strategy 2018-2022 implementation.

On 2 October, our Co-I, Josie Christodoulou, was included on the panel for an event at the UN HQ in New York. This event titled ‘Combating trafficking in persons, especially women and girls: Implementing United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons and other preventative measures’aimed to contribute to the dialogue for eradicating trafficking in persons, especially women and girls.

Tim and Erica will also be presenting research on refugee accommodation from our current work package at the ‘Refugees, Borders and Membership’ conference at Malmö University.


There are 200 registered participants, 13 workshops that will cover a wide range of important themes, 135 paper presentations and two keynote speakers.

On 27 September, Erica also gave a talk based on results from the GLIMER project at the Götenborg Book Fair.


Our Swedish Team at Malmö University, along with the Municipality of Eslöv, The National Employment Agency, Eslövs folkhögskola are also part of an application for funding to increase collaboration and knowledge exchange of the reception of refugees in the Municipality of Eslöv. It is hoped that if accepted, this funding will further affirm the results of GLIMER’s research.

Our PI, Nasar Meer, published a a number of items recently:

Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) is hosting the next annual IMISCO conference from 26 to 28 June. The theme will be ‘Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches’. The call for paper and panel proposals will open soon.

Nasar was also a respondent at the LSE launch of the PEW Global Attitudes Survey launch of Christian Identity and (In)Tolerance in Secular Western Europe in June.

In August, Nasar participated in a number of Edinburgh Festival events, including a panel on the Politics of Race, and another discussing a chapter in ‘No Problem Here’.

Earlier this month, Nasar spoke at the Berlin Jewish Museum at the Living with Islamophobia conference.

Our Research Fellow, Emma, and Mohamed Omar from the Mental Health Foundation, have written a piece for the British Sociological Association as part of Black History Month – ‘New’ Scots? (Re)Writing Somali Histories in Scotland’

GLIMER received funding in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe, with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 693443.







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The University of Edinburgh

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Edited by: Nasar Meer, Managing Editor

Designed by: Ellen Cummings, Projects Administrator

5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference: May 16, 17 and 18, 2019 – Northwest University, Xi’an, China

5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference:

The Institute of Middle Eastern Studies

Northwest University 

Xi’an, People’s Republic of China

May 16, 17 and 18, 2019

Co-Sponsored by

Chinese Journal of Middle East Studies

Shanghai University, People’s Republic of China

Cappadocia University, Republic of Turkey

Description and Objectives:

We organized four very successful academic conferences on this topic in collaboration with Beijing University, on March 17-18, 2015; Qatar University, on March 23-24, 2016; Shanghai University, on June 7-8, 2017; and Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University and Cappadocia University on June 20-22, 2018. This year, we will have 5th China and the Middle East Conference in Xi’an, China on May 16, 17 and 18, 2019.

We therefore invite submissions on the following and related topics:

Political Economy of the Middle East

Nationalism and Nation-State

Political Parties

Environmental Issues

Social Movements

Religion and Politics

Gender Issues in the Middle East

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Modern Middle East and Modern China

China’s Foreign Policy Toward Middle East/West Asia



Economic Integration

The Belt and Road Initiative

Please include the following in your email:

-Author full name;


-Email address;

-Abstract in Word format (200 to 300 words);

-Title of your paper

-A short Biography (NOT A CV)

Please email your submission to tugrulk (at)


·       Abstract Submission for the Conference:     April 15, 2019

·       Conference Draft Paper Submission:           May 6, 2019

·       The Conference Dates:                                 May 16, 17 and 18, 2019

In case your abstract is accepted, a draft paper of around 3000 – 4000 words is due two weeks prior to the beginning of the conference. We intend to compile an edited volume with the best papers for publication in an international reference publisher.

There is no fee for this conference. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL COVER YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS (5 nights: June 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2019) AND FOOD DURING YOUR STAY IN XI”AN.


Short documentary of Ramadan in Hui Muslim Community of Xi’an China

Great Mosque of Xi’an

Please note that this is an academic conference only, no non-academic presenters will be accepted.

Any additional queries should be sent to tugrulkeskin (at)

Organizing Committee:

Dr. Han Zhibin, Professor, Northwest University, China
Dr. Guo Changgang, Professor – Shanghai University, China.
Dr. Hasan Ali Karasar, President – Cappadocia University
Dr. Mohammedmoin Sadeq, Professor – Qatar University, Qatar.
Dr. Gokhan Bozbas, Assistant Professor – Necmettin Erbakan University
Dr. Tugrul Keskin, Professor – Shanghai University, China
Dr. Sean Foley, Associate Professor – Middle Tennessee State University, USA
Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi, Associate Professor – University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, Professor – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Dr. Juan Cole, Professor – University of Michigan, USA
Dr. Mehran Kamrava, Professor – Georgetown University, Qatar.
Dr. Yang Chen, Assistant Professor – Shanghai University, China.

Conference Program

Thursday May 16, 2019

10:00 – 10:15 Introduction and Welcome Speech Professor Han Zhibin, Director of Middle East Institute, Northwest University of China 

10:15 – 10:30 Welcome Speech and Introduction the President of Northwest University of China

10:30 – 10:45 Keynote Speech -1 Professor Yang Guang, President of Middle East Studies Association of China, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Shanghai University. (Invited)

10:45 – 11:30 Keynote Speech -2 Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan (Invited)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:30 – 14:00 Keynote Speech -3 Professor Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University, Qatar.

14:00 – 15:30 Special Discussion on Chinese Journal of Middle East Studies

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel -1

18:00 DINNER

Friday May 17, 2019

8:30 – 10:00 Panel -2

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 3

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel – 4

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel 5

18:00 DINNER

Saturday May 18, 2019

8:30 – 10:00 Panel -6

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 7

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel – 8

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel 9

17:15 – 17:30 Coffee Break

Discussion for future projects and Closing Remarks by TBA 17:30 – 18:00

19:00 DINNER

Sunday, May 19, 2019

BUS TOUR: Terracotta Army – Xi’an:  The greatest archaeological find of the 20th century


Dear Members and Friends of The Ritual Year,   

The paper submission for the 14th SIEF congress in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (14-17 April 2019), “Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World” is currently ongoing.

You are all warmly invited to submit your papers to the panel organized by our working group:

Tracking the ritual year on the move in different cultural settings and systems of values
Convenors: Irina Sedakova and Laurent Fournier

Looking forward to seeing you in Bucharest, in a couple of months, and next year in Santiago,

Irina Stahl,
Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy

Secretary of “The Ritual Year” Working Group,

The Ritual Year

Governing Islam Abroad: Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in Western Europe”

Dear friends and colleagues,
It is my great pleasure to announce the publication of my book Governing Islam Abroad: Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in Western Europe with Palgrave Macmillan in the Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy.
“From sending imams abroad to financing mosques and Islamic associations, home states play a key role in governing Islam in Western Europe.  Drawing on over one hundred interviews and years of fieldwork, this book employs a comparative perspective that analyzes the foreign religious activities of the two home states with the largest diaspora populations in Europe: Turkey and Morocco. The research shows how these states use religion to promote ties with their citizens and their descendants abroad while also seeking to maintain control over the forms of Islam that develop within the diaspora. The author identifies and explains the internal and foreign political interests that have motivated state actors on both sides of the Mediterranean, ultimately arguing that interstate cooperation in religious affairs has and will continue to have a structural influence on the evolution of Islam in Western Europe.”
The official page on the publisher’s website can be found here:
The book and its individual chapters can be accessed through the Springer Link platform:
Both sites provide a link for anyone who might be interested in requesting a copy to review.
Governing Islam Abroad is an authoritative guide to the nuances of transnational religious cooperation. Bruce uses extensive fieldwork to offer a multi-dimensional view of sending states and receiving states. It is a thought-provoking contribution to the debate over what constitutes a country of origin.”
Jonathan LaurenceProfessor of Political Science, Boston College, USA 
“Winner of the Rémy Leveau prize, this study provides a remarkable comparison of the public management of Islam abroad between Turkey, Germany, Morocco and France. Bruce’s exceptional work explores the implications of this new kind of foreign policy and migratory diplomacy, opening up new paths for research in comparative politics and on theories of public governance beyond borders.” 
Catherine Wihtol de WendenCNRS Senior Researcher Emeritus, CERI, Sciences Po, France

Many thanks in advance for passing on the information to anyone who might be interested!
Best regards, 


Benjamin Bruce, Ph.D.
CONACYT Research Fellow | Catedrático CONACYT
El Colegio de la Frontera Norte
Técnicos 277, Tecnológico, Monterrey NL, México, CP 64700
+52 81 8387 5027 ext. 6614

New publication: Tibetan Medicine, Buddhism and Psychiatry

Dear Colleagues,

*apologies for cross-posting*

 I am happy to announce the publication of my book, Tibetan Medicine, Buddhism and Psychiatry: Mental health and healing in a Tibetan exile community, published by Carolina Academic Press as part of their Ethnographic Studies in Medical Anthropology Series.

 For more information, please visit:

 The publisher is currently kindly offering a 10% discount on the purchase price when ordered directly from their website.

 Brief description:

This book presents research based on two six-month periods of ethnographic fieldwork conducted within a Tibetan exile community in Darjeeling, northeast India. It utilises four case studies to illustrate lay perceptions of different mental health conditions and their causes and treatments in a culturally- and medically-pluralistic area, juxtaposed with Tibetan textual and biomedical explanations. These explanations combine with background interviews of lay Tibetans, as well as monastic practitioners, Tibetan amchi, and biomedical doctors, to help draw out the complexities of the situation for individuals affected by different experiences of mental illness.

Best wishes,



Dr Susannah Deane

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Buddhist Studies
Department of Religion and Theology
School of Humanities
University of Bristol
Book reviews editor, Himalaya and Central Asia section, Asian Medicine: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (JIASTAM)

Body, Health and Religion Research Group (BAHAR)

Thinking about Governance Through Diasporas

Dear colleagues,
I am happy to share that my working paper ‘Thinking about Governance Through Diasporas: Decentering the State and Challenging the External/Internal Binary’ was recently published by the Free University of Berlin’s Collaborative Research Centre “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”. The working paper builds on a workshop that was held at the FU Berlin in November 2017 on “Diasporas and Homeland Governance”. It discusses the relationship (or lack thereof) between existing governance and diaspora scholarship and suggests that governance researchers may need to rethink their concepts if they want to better grasp the realities of the contributions that diasporas make to governance in their homelands.
I look forward to any comments and feedback.
Best wishes,
Catherine Craven

Call for chapters: Religious urbanization and Development in Africa

Religious urbanization and

moral economies of development in Africa

Call for Chapter Submissions

Abstracts are invited for an interdisciplinary volume on Religion urbanization and moral economies of development in Africa,edited by David Garbin (University of Kent), Simon Coleman (University of Toronto) and Gareth Millington (University of York). The volume will critically explore how processes related to religious urbanization intersect with different notions of development in African contexts. Cities are taken to be powerful venues for the creation and implementation of models of development whose moral, temporal, and political assumptions need to be examined, not least as they intersect with religious templates for the planning and reform of urban space.

The themes and problematics to be discussed in this volume reflect the broader focus of the Religious Urbanization in Africa project (see These include (but are not limited to):

  • The ways urban faith-based practices of ‘development’ – through for example the provision of basic infrastructure, utilities, housing, health and educational facilities – link moral subjectivities with individual and wider narratives/aspirations of modernization, change, deliverance or prosperity
  • The ideals of belonging and citizenship promoted by religious visions of the ‘ideal city’ and how these are materially articulated in concrete urban developments
  • How models of infrastructural development mobilized by religious actors may conflict or cohere with existing regimes of planning in specific urban contexts as well as with international development discourses
  • The ways in which religious actors and groups may provide resources to negotiate unpredictability and socio-economic uncertainties through production of urban/infrastructural space

We welcome empirically-grounded qualitative case studies or comparative approaches (including but not limited to Islam or Christianity), in particular chapters linking urban change in African context(s), religious place-making, and ‘development’ discourses and practices at various scales.

The proposal for this volume has been invited for the Bloomsbury book series, ‘Studies in Religion, Space and Place’.


Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words no later than 20 November 2018 to


Accepted chapters in full (6000-7000 words) will be due by 1 June 2019.



Your are invited to a Panel Discussion on Wael Hallaq’s new book ‘Restating Orientalism

What: A Panel Discussion with Wael Hallaq on his new book ‘Restating Orientalism – A Critique of Modern Knowledge’

When: Friday, 5 October, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm (Time zone: London)

Where: Room 8&9, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

Convenor: Dr. Humeira Iqtidar, Kings College London


·         Professor Wael Hallaq (Columbia University)

·         Professor Sarah Radcliffe (Geography)

·         Professor Khalid Fahmy (FAMES)

The panel will discuss with Wael Hallaq, the import of his latest book ‘Restating Orientalism – A Critique of Modern Knowledge’

Wael hallaq's new book 'Restating Orientalism'

Since Edward Said’s foundational work, Orientalism has been singled out for critique as the quintessential example of Western intellectuals’ collaboration with oppression. Controversies over the imbrications of knowledge and power and the complicity of Orientalism in the larger project of colonialism have been waged among generations of scholars. But has Orientalism come to stand in for all of the sins of European modernity, at the cost of neglecting the complicity of the rest of the academic disciplines?

In this landmark theoretical investigation, Wael B. Hallaq reevaluates and deepens the critique of Orientalism in order to deploy it for rethinking the foundations of the modern project. Refusing to isolate or scapegoat Orientalism, Restating Orientalism extends the critique to other fields, from law, philosophy, and scientific inquiry to core ideas in modern thought such as sovereignty and the self. Hallaq traces their involvement in colonialism, mass annihilation, and systematic destruction of the natural world, interrogating and historicizing the set of causes that permitted modernity to wed knowledge to power. Restating Orientalism offers a bold rethinking of the theory of the author, the concept of sovereignty, and the place of the secular Western self in the modern project, reopening the problem of power and knowledge to an ethical critique and ultimately theorizing an exit from modernity’s predicaments.

Entry is free and this event is open to members of the public

Event exported from Teamup

Book Launch

Dear All,

As a follow up of my book titled, In Diasporic Lands: Tibetan Refugees and their Transformation since the Exodus, with Orient BlackSwan, which got published this year 2018, I am having my  upcoming book launch on 22nd September in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Sharing  the programme and poster of the event. I am sending the link.
Sudeep Basu Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Centre for Studies in Social Management,

School of Social Sciences,
Central University of Gujarat,
Sector – 29, Gandhinagar – 382030
Gujarat State, India.


CALL FOR PAPERS: The Fifth Biennial
Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives Conference 

Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, United Kingdom

30 July-2 August 2019
Congregational music-making is a vital and vibrant practice within Christian communities worldwide. It reflects, informs, and articulates convictions and concerns that are irreducibly local even as it flows along global networks. The goal of the Christian Congregational Music conference is to expand the avenues of scholarly inquiry into congregational music-making by bringing together world-class scholars and practitioners to explore the varying cultural, social, and spiritual roles music plays in the life of various Christian communities around the world. We are pleased to invite proposals for the fifth biennial conference at Ripon College in Cuddesdon, near Oxford, United Kingdom between Tuesday, July 30 and Friday, August 2, 2019. The conference will feature guest speakers, roundtables and workshops that reflect the ever-broadening scope of research and practice in Christian congregational music-making around the world.  
Paper proposals on any topic related to the study of congregational music-making will be considered, but we especially welcome papers that explore one or more of the following themes:  
Congregational music and the Black Atlantic
Choir and congregation 
Voice and vocality 
Beyond the congregation
Practices of power
Comparative religious musical ontologies
We are now accepting proposals (maximum 250 words) for individual papers and for organised panels consisting of three papers. The online proposal form can be found on the conference website: Proposals must be received by 14 December 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 31 January 2019, and conference registration will begin on 15 February 2019. Further instructions and information is available on the conference website at