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Populist Politics & the Minority Voice: British Muslims, Extremisms & Inclusion

A one-day Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN) conference organised in partnership with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London (KCL), University of London

19 April 2018

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Our hosts King’s College have generously provided financial support for the event which means we are able to keep the costs for registration down to £15 for general admission and £10 for PhD students and unwaged members (plus booking fee).

Themes include:

  • Muslim activism and populist politics;
  • New media, populism and the representation of Muslims and other minorities;
  • Recognising, opposing and offering alternatives to anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other extremisms;
  • British Muslims and national identity after Brexit;
  • Challenges to, and for, principles of tolerance, free speech and accommodation.

Plenary speakers

Narzanin Massoumi, University of Exeter & editor, What is Islamophobia?
Aaron Winter, University of East London
David Feldman, Director, Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism

More TBC…

Additional speakers

Reza Gholami, University of Birmingham
Khadijah Elshayyal, University of Edinburgh
Mirjam Aeschbach, University of Zurich
Shanon Shah, Critical Muslim
Ajmal Hussain, University of Manchester
Laura Jones, Cardiff University
Waqas Tufail, Leeds Beckett University
Gillian Kennedy, King’s College London
Kristin Henrard, ESL, Rotterdam
Ayesha Chowdhury, Leeds Becket University
Laurens de Rooij, University of Cape Town

Conference outline

Across Europe and North America populist parties and leaders have surged in recent years, with figures such as Donald Trump and Andrej Babiš and parties such as UKIP and Alternative für Deutschland making significant electoral gains. Although different in important respects, these movements share certain themes, such as emphasis on national self-interest and hostility toward international co-operation, liberal political norms and established news media. In almost all cases this desire to reassert national identity has also involved renewed hostility toward ethnic and religious minorities – especially Jewish and Muslim minorities – as well as toward any frameworks of liberal accommodation that have allowed minorities to participate in public life on an equal footing. In the UK, this was evident in the referendum on European Union membership in 2016, which not only destabilised previously taken-for-granted political and legal frameworks but also contributed to a sustained rise in hate crime, anti-immigration rhetoric and Islamophobia.

This one-day conference on ‘Populist politics and the minority voice’ will discuss the effects of these changes on British Muslims, and how the concerns of British Muslims relate to those of other minority groups as well as wider debates about the future of liberal states, free speech and ‘fake news’. Since at least the 1970s, British Muslims – as a group and alongside other minorities – have been involved in a struggle for rights, for media and political representation and for recognition. What might these struggles look like in the future? What is the future of British Muslim identity, post-Brexit? How might rights and legal accommodations be affected by withdrawal from the EU? How do concerns about rising Islamophobia intersect with concerns about resurgent anti-Semitism and far-right and populist movements? How should debates about Muslims and the media proceed in an era of ‘fake news’? How can standards of debate about minorities be preserved and what can higher education and Muslim institutions contribute?

Lecture/Event: “Is God Really Dead? Why Belief Matters”, Professor Eileen Barker

Monday 12 February 2018, 6.30-8pm
London School of Economics, Old Theatre, Old Building
Hosted by the Department of Sociology

  • Speaker: Professor Eileen Barker, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at LSE with Special Reference to the Study of Religion.
  • Respondent: Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law at LSE
  • Chair: Professor Nigel Dodd, Professor of Sociology, LSE

Thirty years after founding INFORM, the information network on religious movements, Eileen Barker argues that the sociology of religion still has an important role in “knowing the causes of things”.

This event will celebrate Eileen’s work over the past 30 years. A celebratory drinks reception
will follow the lecture.

This event is free and open to all.
Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

More information at:

Poster for “Is God Really Dead?”, with Prof. Eileen Barker

Public lecture: “La nation, la laïcité et le pluralisme religieux”, Wednesday, January 24th, University of Sherbrook

La nation, la laïcité et le pluralisme religieux

Date : Le mercredi 24 janvier 2018

Heure : De 12 h 00 à 13 h 30

Lieu : Campus principal de Sherbrooke, Faculté de droit, local A9-162

Cette conférence sera présentée par Michel Seymour, professeur titulaire au département de philosophie de l’Université de Montréal.

Pour plus d’information sur la conférence, visitez la page suivante :

Center for Research on Religion & Society 10 year anniversary celebration (Uppsala University)

Välkommen till samtal om aktuell religionsforskning! Tisdag 23 januari 2018 kl 13-17

Campus Engelska Parken, Uppsala universitet,
Thunbergsvägen 3C,
Uppsala Centrum för forskning om Religion och Samhälle (CRS) har flyttat in i nya lokaler på Campus Engelska parken i Uppsala och bjuder in till samtal med både nya och etablerade samverkanspartners.

Vi vill presentera CRS multidisciplinära forskning och hur den kan möta de behov som finns hos myndigheter, organisationer och företag i Sverige i fråga om kunskap om religion och värderingar i Sverige idag. Vi bjuder på inslag från forskning som har bedrivits under vårt 10- åriga forskningsprogram ’The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy’ samt nya initiativ där forskning pågår. Det kan handla om hur religion på nya sätt är närvarande i olika former av media och på arbetsplatser, väcker nya frågor inom rättsväsendet och sjukvården, reser nya utmaningar för lärare inom skola och förskola, tar nya former i det civila samhället och tar nya uttryck för individer genom livet.

Vi vill ta tillfället i akt att höra vilka frågor inom detta område som är mest brännande och angelägna för er, vilka forskningsbehov och intressen ni har för forskning inom området och hoppas att du kan och vill vara med och bidra till samtalet. Jubileumsprogrammet hålls i Uppsala universitets nybyggda Humanistiska teater som är designad för att främja samtal och diskussion. Eftermiddagen avrundas med mat, ett glas vin och möjlighet till fortsatt samtal och nätverkande.

Programmet för eftermiddagen kommer att spikas inom kort och finnas tillgängligt på, men anmäl dig gärna redan nu här

Varmt välkomna!

Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon Föreståndare, Centrum för forskning om religion och samhälle

Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, 4-6 December, 2017

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies. Abstract submission and Registrations are now open for our 4–6 December 2017 session.

The meetings will be held at The Old Library in the Oxford University Church of St Mary.  Constructed in 1320, The Old Library is the first university (as opposed to college) building in Oxford and therefore uniquely important; this is where the nascent University began.

The sessions will be hosted by Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of St Mary’s. Dr Mountford is a Fellow of St Hilda’s College in the University of Oxford.

You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer. The symposium is inter-disciplinary and has a broad-based theme.

The abstract submission deadline 10 November. Early registration expires 16 October, and the last payment date is 15 November 2017.

Consult the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies website for registration deadlines and other information.

Celebratory Conference: ‘Reimagining Difference: Being, thinking and practicing beyond essentialism’.

The Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain at the University of Groningen is celebrating its five-year anniversary this year.

To mark the occasion, the Centre has organised an interdisciplinary conference 13-15 September 2017 – including journalism, anthropology, sociology, International relations, philosophy, gender studies, religious studies – with scholars, policymakers and practitioners from South Africa, Australia, the US, Zimbabwe, Denmark, Norway, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands on the theme of ‘Reimagining Difference:  Being, thinking and practicing beyond essentialism’.

Speakers include:

  • Prof Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University
  • Prof Ezra Chitando, University of Zimbabwe;
  • Dr Marie Juul Petersen, Danish Institute for Human Rights;
  • Dr Nadia Fadil, KU Leuven
  • Dr Luca Mavelli, University of Kent;
  • Ms Merete Bilde, European External Action Service;
  • Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London;
  • Professor Ebenezer Obadare, Kansas University;
  • Dr Lisa LeRoux, Stellenbosch University;
  • Mr Klaus De-Rijk, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Dr John Rees, University of Notre Dame Sydney;
  • Dr Atalia Omer, University of Notre Dame, South Bend.
  • Dr Maria de Lourdes Peroni, University of Ghent
  • Dr Helge Arsheim, University of Oslo
  • Mr Tim Dixon, Purpose Europe

There are two free public events:

  • Wednesday 13 September 6-8pm ‘Thinking Differently about Religion, Politics and Power’ – Keynote Address from Prof Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Northwestern University, with response from Merete Bilde, Policy Advisor at the European External Action Service
  • Friday 15 September – 11:30am-1:30pm ‘Religion, Secularism and the Politics of Difference’ – Panel Discussion featuring Prof Yolande Jansen (UvA), Elisa di Benedetto, (International Association for Religion Journalists), Gabrielle Bustamante (The Hague University for Applied Sciences) and Joram Tarusarira (University of Groningen)

Registration for the whole conference is 60 euros including lunches, 30 euros for students. Partial registration is also available if you are unable to attend the full three days. You can register via this link:

Event details are also available at the Centre’s Facebook Page.

Confrence: Religion(s) and Power(s)

Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
October 5-6, 2017

The Lithuanian Society for the Study of Religions in cooperation with Latvian Society for the Study of Religions and Estonian Society for the Study of Religions invites proposals for its upcoming international conference “Religion(s) and Power(s)”. To encourage new directions in the critical research of interrelations of religion(s) and power(s) from a broad range of approaches, we are seeking proposals on a wide range of topics including:
•    Private and public religions
•    Religions and politics
•    Non-religion and power
•    Religious inequalities and discrimination
•    Religions, human rights and justice
•    Powers of/within religions
•    Religion and nationalism
•    Mythology, divine kinship and power
•    Religion and colonialism
,•    Religions and education.
Other topics related to the conference theme are also encouraged.

Conference paper and session proposals must be sent by June 15, 2017. Please send your 250-300 word abstract and a 200-word personal bio to email:

Important conference dates:
June 15, 2017 – submission of conference paper and session proposals;
July 1, 2017 – notification of paper/session proposal acceptance;

July 1, 2017 – opening of registration for the conference;

August 15, 2017 – closing of registration for the conference;

September 1, 2017 – announcement of the conference program.

Conference Registration Fees:
–    Members of national associations of Baltic States associations for the study of religions – 50 EUR
–    Permanent/full-time faculty and non-affiliated participants – 80 EUR;
–    Graduate students and emeritus faculty – 50 EUR;
–    Late bird conference fee – 100 EUR.