Category Archives: Seminars

Religion as Political Communication: A Symposium

Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Communication and Culture is organising an event on Religion as Political Communication on 7th June 2018. There will be four speakers (see programme below). You are all welcome to attend. The event is free with refreshments provided, but please book your place in advance (via the link below) for catering purpose: 

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/crcc/events/eventslist/religion-as-political-communication.html

Religion as Political Communication: A Symposium

10:00 – 16:00, 7th June 2018

Religion is communicated politically in multiple ways: by religious institutions and individuals, by governments with different approaches to religion, via various artistic and cultural expressions, by secular news media, and via digital platforms and communities (Lundby 2017). The types and contents of politically communicated religion are diverse and complex, ranging from the Church of England’s conservative stance on marriage as reserved for heterosexual couples, French lawmakers interpreting religious symbols such as the veil as ‘too political’, the West-End musical success ‘The Book of Mormon’, terrorist acts of violence committed in the name of religion, to representations of ‘Muslims’ as a non-diversified group. Religion can communicate political stances in both direct and indirect ways, such as when drawings of the Prophet Mohammad are considered as unacceptably irreverent expressions of free speech, or when specific positions on abortion, creationism, stem-cell research and euthanasia are inferred when someone declares their stance as ‘religious’. In this symposium, internationally leading scholars on religion and politics are invited to address and debate religion as political communication.

Programme

10:00 Welcome and introductions

10:15 Dr Elizabeth Poole (Keele University): Contesting #stopislam: Political frictions and appropriation in online spaces

10:45 Professor Jolyon Mitchell ((University of Edinburg): The Ambivalent Role of Religion and the Media Arts as Political Communication in Israel /Palestine

11:15 Q & A session

11:45 Lunch and networking

13:00 Dr Jasjit Singh (University of Leeds): The construction of ‘Sikh radicalisation’ in Britain

13:30 Professor Mia Løvheim (Uppsala University, Sweden): Religion, mediatization and a changing political landscape

14:00 Q & A

14:30 Coffee break and networking

15:00 Roundtable discussion

15:45 End of programme

Symposium organisers: Dr Line Nyhagen (Social Sciences), Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos (Politics, History and International Relations), PhD student Xinan Li (Social Sciences), Loughborough University.

For speakers’ abstracts, please see: 

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/crcc/events/eventslist/religion-as-political-communication.html

Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

Abstract submission and Registrations are now open for our 2018 Symposia.

The Spring meeting will be held at Queens College – 19, 20 & 21 March.

Abstract Submission Deadline – 5 March.

Early Registration Deadline – 14 February.

Future Symposia Dates

30 July to 1 August – Oxford.

December 5 – 7 December – at The Old Library in the Oxford University Church, Oxford.

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 interdisciplinary and has a broad-based theme.

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

Call for Papers: Doctoral Colloquium Pre-Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

Pre-Conference date: August 7, 2018
Deadline for paper proposals: January 15, 2018
Notification of acceptances: End of February 2018

The International Society of Media, Religion & Culture will be hosting a Pre-Conference for doctoral students on the day before the ISMRC bi-annual conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

This pre-conference will provide doctoral students the opportunity to present their research, receive feedback from leaders in the field, discuss theoretical, methodological and professional challenges, as well as network with other peers.

Interested students should prepare a) 1-2 page (500-800 word) extended abstract of the student’s thesis/major research project and b) a sample paper/chapter (up to 5000 words) of writing related to the topic.

All materials are to be prepared in English and are due on or before 15th of January 2018.

Please send all applications to the Doctoral Colloquium Chair, Associate Professor Heidi Campbell (heidic@tamu.edu), with subject: ISMRC doctoral colloquium application.

Questions may also be directed to the same email.

https://www.colorado.edu/ismrc/conferences/conference-media-religion-and-public-scholarship/call-papers-doctoral-colloquium-pre

Call for Papers: ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion (RC22)

Deux Colloques: Le centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke

Le centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) organise deux colloques dans le cadre du 85ème congrès de l’Acfas.
 
Le premier colloque intitulé Loyauté politique et trahison au XXIe siècle : quelle actualité ?aura lieu le lundi 8 mai 2017 à l’Université McGill. Ci-joint le lien sur la page d’information du colloque où vous trouverez l’affiche de l’événement ainsi que le programme de la journée :https://www.usherbrooke.ca/sodrus/index.php?id=4279
 
Le second colloque intitulé Intégration citoyenne : identités religieuses et vivre ensemble dans l’espace libéral aura lieu le jeudi 11 mai 2017 à l’Université McGill. Ci-joint le lien sur la page d’information du colloque où vous trouverez l’affiche de l’événement ainsi que le programme de la journée : https://www.usherbrooke.ca/sodrus/index.php?id=4282
Nous vous rappelons de la nécessité de payer les frais d’inscription en ligne sur le site de l’acfaswww.acfas.ca si vous êtes intéressés de participer aux deux événements ci-haut. Il n’y a malheureusement pas de paiement à la journée, mais l’inscription couvre toute la semaine et vous permet d’assister à tous les colloques de l’acfas.
N’hésitez pas de partager ce courriel avec des collègues qui seront intéressés d’assister à cet événement. 
 
Pour vous désabonner de la liste d’envoi du SoDRUS, merci de cliquer sur le bouton suivant : Se désabonner

Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements

The Special Programme Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements has entered its final phase. The next and penultimate deadline for applications is May 24, 2017.

The funding initiative is aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. The programme takes a look at the dynamics between Islamic teachings, Islamism, nationalism and transnational orientations and environments. Scientific discussion of the countries and regions of the Islamic world should bring together expertise possessing regional and thematic focus in order to allow the problems associated with areas of conflict to be expounded upon, particularly with regards to global influences and processes of cultural exchange. The research programme addresses scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

The individual research areas are:
1. Historical and present day Islamic systems of society and state
2. The concept of nation, national movements and nationalism in Islamic civilisation
3. Islamic fundamentalism or Islamic emancipation?
4. Transnational civil society movements in the Islamic world
5. Islamic states in the international world system.

Further information on the research areas, the nature and scope of support as well as the application procedure is available online at:
http://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/special_programme_islam

We would be grateful if you could please draw attention to the funding initiative through other suitable means.  Please contact us at any time with any queries.

 

Researching home and migration: questions, methods, prospects

Researching home and migration: questions, methods, prospects
An international workshop at the University of Trento, 5-6 June, 2017
Relevant proposals should be submitted to homing@unitn.it by March 19, 2017.

Gender and Muslim Spaces

Gender and Muslim Spaces – One Day Seminar
University of Leeds – Wed 29 March 2017
Register now via: https://gender-and-muslim-spaces.eventbrite.co.uk

The question of gender inclusion among British Muslims is currently a high profile debate. This conference aims to unpack the many facets of this debate from a range of methodological, theoretical and community perspectives. There are three main strands to the theme:

– Academic Research and Gender Inclusion:
What theoretical work needs to be done to highlight gender exclusion or inclusion more concretely? What impact can gender inclusion or exclusion have upon research methodologies, ethical issues, questions of access and questions of academic representation?

– Politics of Gender Inclusion and Exclusion:
What role does the issue of gender inclusion now play in questions of state policies regarding Muslims? How far is it tied to questions of securitisation and extremism? How central an issue is it in terms of discourses of Islamic reform or notions of personal authenticity in terms of new Islamic gender theology and everyday Muslim practices?

– Gender Inclusion in British Muslim Institutions, Networks and Movements:
How extensive is the drive towards gender inclusion? What enhances and retards gender inclusion? What modalities of inclusion are being undertaken? How is gender exclusion being defended or problematised?

Schedule:
10.30-11.00 Arrival and Networking (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)

11.00-11.15 Welcome and Introduction (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
Dr Seán McLoughlin (University of Leeds) and Dr Carl Morris (MBRN)

11.15-12.15 Plenary Session 1:
Community perspectives: How can Muslim institutions and networks become more gender inclusive? (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
Chair: Yahya Birt (University of Leeds)
– Bana Gora (Muslim Women’s Council, Bradford)
– Imam Qari Asim (Makkah Mosque, Leeds)
– Dr Siema Iqbal (MEND, Muslim Engagement and Development)
Followed by Q&A

12.15-13.30 Lunch / Prayer / Networking
MBRN AGM (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
– New Team Announcement/Future Events

13.30-14.30 Plenary Session 2:
Academic perspectives: how can research on British Muslims become more gender sensitive? (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
Chair: Dr Seán McLoughlin (University of Leeds)
– Poles Apart: Reflections on Fieldwork with Salafi Women and Tablighi Men – Dr Anabel Inge (King’s College London) and Riyaz Timol (University of Cardiff)
Followed by Q&A

14.30 – 16.00 Parallel Panels
Panel 1: Negotiating Gendered Muslim Spaces: Theoretical Approaches (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
– Muslim Women in Britain c. 1890 to 1948: Historical Grounding for Contemporary Debate – Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (University of Coventry)
– Dual-gendered Ethnography in Segregated Spaces – Chris Moses (University of Cambridge) and Alyaa Ebbiary (SOAS)
– Experiences of First and Second Generation Pakistani Women in Areas of High Muslim and Co-Ethnic Density – Asma Khan (University of Cardiff)
– British Muslim Woman, Building British Muslim Lives – Saleema Farah Burney (SOAS)

Panel 2: Gender, Securitization and Representation (Michael Sadler SR LG.16)
– The Transformation of British Islamic Institutions and Its Consequences for Muslim Women’s Representation in Public Life – Dr Stephen H. Jones (Newman University)
– The Securitization of British Muslim Women – Shahnaz Akhtar (University of Warwick)
– The Prevent Duty and the Securitization of the Muslim Girl and the Muslim Boy – Natalie James (University of Leeds)

Panel 3: Negotiating Access in Public and Private Spaces (Michael Sadler SR LG.17)
– Uncertain Futures? Perspectives of Female Muslim Students on Life in Britain – Dr Naomi Thompson (Goldsmiths) and Dr Stephen Pihlaja (Newman University)
– Gender, Inclusivity and UK Mosque Experiences – Dervla Shannahan (Inclusive Mosque Initiative)
– Ethnic’ Space as ‘Religious’ Space in Queens, New York: Questioning the Meaning of Secular Space – Muntasir Sattar (Independent Researcher)
– No More A Shadow: Making Space for Muslim Mothers’ Narratives – Suma Din (Independent Researcher)

16.00 – 16.30 Conclusion (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
– Summary of day and Q&A

16.30 End of Day Seminar

16.30 – 18.00 (Informal) Networking Time

18.00 – 20.00 Film Showing and Discussion
Blessed are the Strangers (2016) – documentary screening. (University of Leeds, venue TBC)
“Over thirty years, two very different groups of British people become Muslim and come together to form one of Britain’s oldest and most diverse communities of Muslim converts.”
Followed by discussion and Q&A – Yahya Birt speaks with Ahmed Peerbux, Abdalhaqq Bewley.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.thestrangers.co.uk/

20.00 Depart

Register now via: https://gender-and-muslim-spaces.eventbrite.co.uk

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