Category Archives: Summer Schools

Summer School: Religion in Cities: Contested Presences, Contested Regulations", 20-24 August, 2018

Dear colleagues,

I am glad to share this invitation to the summer school “Religion in Cities: Contested Presences, Contested Regulations”, that I am organising at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) on August 20-24 2018.

The aim of this summer school is to provide undergraduate students in their last year of studies, as well as Master and PhD students in different disciplines with the means to reflect upon religious issues in cities from the perspective of sociology, geography, urban studies and religious studies. The topic will be addressed from three different stand-points: a) a theoretical perspective to understand the presence, visibility and regulation of religious diversity in cities; b) methodological insights into how to research these topics and conduct fieldwork in concrete urban settings; and c) discussions about the political relevance and policy responses offered at the level of cities.

The application deadline is June 1, 2018.

Please, feel free to share this information with your colleagues and students and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question.

Kind regards,

Julia Martínez

XXIV Summer School on Religions di San Gimignano e Passignano

Ai gentili e alle gentili relatrici, relatori e partecipanti

XXIV Summer School on Religions di San Gimignano e Passignano

e p.c. Ai componenti l’Ufficio di Presidenza e al Comitato Scientifico CISRECO

Gentilissime, gentilissimi,

come promesso inviamo  il pdf della guida alla Summer che questo annno avrà veste tipografica a stampa. Ci scusiamo per non averlo inviato prima per un controllo ultimo prima della stampa. Ma è stata una decisione presa all’ultimo momento e non c’è stato il tempo. Ci scusiamo anche per non aver potuto pubblicare anche i testi che verranno letti a corredo della lezione Pereira-Salvadori. Questa volta per mancanza di spazio. Ci scusiamo con le interessate. I partecipanti troverano tali testi dentro la cartella che verrà loro distribuita.

Distinti saluti.

Per Segreteria Operativa CISRECO

Giuseppe Picone

339 7315511

Centro Internazionale di Studi sul Religioso Contemporaneo/CISRECO

C.P. 11 – Via San Giovanni, 38 – 53037 San Gimignano (SI)

Tel.: 0577 906102      E-mail:

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2nd Islamic Education Summer School 24-26 September 2017

Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit
Centre for Education Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences University of Warwick

‘Divine Word in a Secular World’ Developing Contextual Pedagogies of the Qur’an within the European Muslim Diaspora

The second Islamic Education Summer School will focus on exploring the challenges informing the teaching and learning of the Qur’an within the minority Muslim context of the European Muslim diaspora. The aim is to create an opportunity for practitioners to reflect on their experience of teaching the Qur’an by critically considering the strength and weaknesses in their underlying models of teaching the Qur’an and thereby identifying areas for further research and development. This reflective dialogue will include perspectives of RE practitioners, specialists in Religious Studies, Islamic/Qur’anic Studies and the wider community of researchers and educators interested in exploring different aspects of traditional and contemporary pedagogies of the Qur’an.

Further information on how to apply:

  • Cost: £375 including accommodation and food. £175 excluding accommodation.
  • Venue: Arden Conference Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry.
  • Please note the number of places are strictly limited to 25 bookings allocated on a first come first served basis. If you wish to make a presentation please submit an outline (max 500 words) of your paper.
  • Please e-mail to  by 18 August 2017 to reserve a place.

Details and registration are available at:  and

Call for Applications: “Religion, Culture, and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation”

 The 2017 UCSIA  summer school is a one-week course taking place from Sunday 27th of August until Saturday  2nd of September 2017. This year the program will focus on the topic ‘Between Market, State and Religion: Economic Realities, Social Justice & Faith Traditions’
This year, the central aim of the UCSIA summer school is to reflect upon the evolutions of economic markets interacting with specific political and socio-religious contexts through time and space. The focus is put upon the ways in which socio-economic evolutions such as globalization, the historical rise of capitalist economies and the idea of the self-regulating market interact with and affect socio-religious and cultural normative frameworks on both the level of governmental policy, economic stakeholders and the individual household. The present call invites paper proposals in which the broad topic of economic realities interacting with social contexts and faith traditions will be discussed from a diverse line of approach, clustered around following subthemes:
§  Globalization, economic imperialism, and social justice
§  Religious communities and economic values and production
§  Capitalism under construction: appropriation of capitalist producing and consuming
Guest lecturers are Prof. Dr. Jennifer Olmsted(Department of Economics and Middle East Studies at Drew University), Prof. Dr. Mayfair Yang (Department of Religious Studies and Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara), Dr. David Henig (School of Anthropology & Conservation, University of Kent, UK) and Prof. Dr. Paul Oslington (Alphacrusis College, Sydney, Australia)
Practical details:
Participation and stay for young scholars and researchers are free of charge. Participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp.
You can submit your application via the electronic submission form on the summer school website.The completed file, as well as all other required application documents, must be submitted to the UCSIA Selection Committee not later thanSunday 14th of May 2017.
For further information regarding the program and application procedure, please have a look at our website:
Please help us to distribute this call for applications among Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars who might be interested in applying for this summer school.
For all further information, do not hesitate to contact us at the address below.
Ellen Decraene
Project Manager UCSIA
Prinsstraat 14
2000 Antwerp – Belgium
Tel: +32/3/265.45.99
Fax: +32/3/707.09.31

Rethinking Islamic Education in Europe: Research, Professional Practice and Policy Development

CES/WRERU Islamic Education Summer School
Rethinking Islamic Education in Europe:
Research, Professional Practice and Policy Development
5th-7th September 2016
Scarman House, University of Warwick

In association with Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit
Centre for Education Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Warwick

Since their mass arrival after the Second World War, Muslim communities in the UK and across Western Europe have experienced a complex set of socio-economic, political and educational challenges. The rise of religiously motivated global terrorism, home-grown extremism and overwhelmingly security-focused official policy responses to these events have further undermined social and community cohesion. Muslim children and young people, who constitute the highest percentage within the overall Muslim demographics, have been most affected by these developments. The identities of Muslim communities, particularly the young, are shaped by the uncertainties of an inherited post-colonial Muslim world and the expectations of wider secular and multicultural societies.

Bringing about confident Islamic self-understandings through reflective pedagogies of studying Islam, its rich legacy and nurturing intercultural and inter-religious engagement, as well as developing competence for active citizenship, remain essential for the community and the wider society to address. Education in general, and Islamic Education in particular, are critical long term areas of investment that will shape our longer term responses to the significant set of issues that concern us all. However, the relevance of the current models of Islamic Education in adequately addressing the present contexts and facilitating a positive transformation within the community require re-examination. There is an urgent need to develop research-based scholarly approaches in the field so that a set of professional standards can inform and guide its diverse practitioners.

The first Warwick Islamic Education Summer School aims to offer a rigorous academic forum to rethink Islamic educational practice that takes place within formal/informal educational settings and identify future research and policy directions in the field. There will be opportunities for networking and special sessions for young researchers to present their work. The aim is to facilitate a cross-fertilization of ideas and to share the best practice among the emerging community of researchers, practitioners and policy makers working within this inter-disciplinary area of study. One of the main expectations of the meeting is to consider setting up a specialist ‘Islamic Education Research Network’ at Warwick. The workshop is also open to researchers and educators who are interested in developing their understanding of the educational culture and pedagogic practice within Muslim communities and their interaction with wider social and educational institutions.

The Summer School will be delivered through interactive workshops, lectures and presentations. The participants will have the opportunity to know more about the Islamic Education initiative at Warwick, research expertise within WRERU and the wider relevant research and taught programmes within CES. The aim of this initial meeting is to map out the major areas of research, professional practice and policy development in Islamic Education, and identify topics to be explored in depth during the next annual meeting of the Summer School.

Istanbul Seminars + Summer School 2016

Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations is glad to announce the

 Istanbul Seminars Summer School
Istanbul Bilgi University | 22-28 May 2016

Reset-DoC and the Istanbul Bilgi University are glad to invite students and young scholars to apply for the first edition of the International Summer School to be held from May 22 to May 28 (including the Istanbul Seminars 2016 + two more days: May 22 and May 23) at the Santral Istanbul campus of Bilgi.

The Summer School will complete this year’s Istanbul Seminars and represents an exceptional opportunity for students and young scholars to examine the topics of the Seminars in depth with tutors and professors from the Reset-Bilgi faculty.

All those who have already applied for the Istanbul Seminars are welcome to apply for the Summer School. Those who have not applied for the Seminars are welcome to apply for both the Seminars and the Summer School, unless they only want to attend the Seminars.

Participation is free of charge.
Participants attending the Summer School will be granted 5 University credits (5 ECTS).



The title of the Istanbul Seminars Summer School ’16 is:
Philosophy & Social Criticism: Religion, Rights and the Public Sphere“.
The overall purpose of the summer school is to analyze the relationship between religion, culture and politics. It discusses the role religion, culture and identity play in the foundation of liberal democracy, human rights and political modernity. Moreover it asks what political models are most adequate to accommodate religious and cultural pluralism. The first two days there will be lectures introducing the topic given the by the Bilgi-Reset faculty, followed by the regular Istanbul Seminars lectures and workshops. The syllabus will be made available as soon as possible.

– Attendance and participation 20%
– Reaction paper (to be sumbitted at the end of the Seminars) 20%
– Final paper (to be submitted three weeks after the end of the Seminars) 60%

Deadline for the enrollment is April 24, 2016.

The Summer School will be held in English.

The Istanbul Seminars 2016

Confirmed speakers : Mustafa Akyol, Albena Azmanova, Zygmunt Bauman, Rajeev Bhargava, Seyla Benhabib, Manuel Castells, Mohd Eiadat, Alessandro Ferrara, Silvio Ferrari, Nilufer Gole, Amr Hamzawy, Mikhail Ilyin, Aleksandra Kania, Andreas Koller, Cristina Lafont, Ebrahim Moosa, Fabio Petito, David Rasmussen, Olivier Roy, Richard Sennett, John Torpey, Ananya Vajpeyi, Michael Walzer (in video), Patrick Weil, Boyan Znepolsky and many more.

Executive Committee of the Istanbul Seminars: Asaf Savaş Akat, Seyla Benhabib, Giancarlo Bosetti, Alessandro Ferrara, Abdou Filali-Ansary, Nina zu Fürstenberg, Nilüfer Göle, Ferda Keskin, David Rasmussen


As usual, there is no fee of attendance for the Seminars and for the Summer School. Reset-Dialogues does not arrange travel and accommodation for participants, but is happy to provide information and support through its website. A limited number of small grants (up to 300 euros) for Undergraduates, Graduates, PhDs and Post PhDs, is available.

Granted applicants are required to attend the whole Istanbul Seminars program 24-28 May.

The application deadline to apply for a grant and for the Summer School has been posponed to the 24th of April 2016. Applicants asking for a grant will be notified regarding the selection as soon as possible after the deadline. Those who have already applied for a grant before the 8th of April will be notified regarding the selection by the 15th of April.
The enrollment deadline to apply without asking for a grant is 10th May 2016.


A daily free lunch ticket to be spent at the Campus Cafeteria will be provided to all granted participants and to all enrolled participants.

Working groups:
Both granted students/scholars and not granted enrolled participants may ask for being part of the discussion working groups during the Seminars. Participants involved in the working groups will receive some reading material by April 30th. Each working group will discuss the preliminary readings and the speeches given by the Speakers. At the end of the program each working group will present the results to the audience. Working groups meet daily at the end of the sessions, for about one hour.

Involvement in the working groups is not compulsory, but welcome.
Students enrolled in the Summer School are required to take part to the working groups.

Check regularly for updates

2016 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation”

Dear all,
We would like to draw your attention to the call for applications for the 2016 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation.” This summer school is a one-week course taking place from Sunday 28th of August until Saturday  3rd of September 2016. This year the programme will focus on the topic of Public Religion, Spirituality and Lifestyle  

In this year’s programme, the summer school will discuss issues and questions arising from new emerging forms of religion and the way these emerge, contrast and complement existing religious histories and structures. 
â€Spiritual but not religious’ youth, Green Muslims, westerners converting to Buddhism and New Age movements, the re-emergence of Confucianism in Communist China, but also sects, the anti-vaccination movement and (g)local jihadists, these examples show how different forms of religion and religiosity meander through social realities today. On the one hand these (new) spiritual movements may want to move away from fixed dogmatic religious formulations and embedded power structures to give form to a deep desire to live a meaningful life, at the other hand they may also look for ways to contest expressions of modern day life. At the same time also organized religions look at ways to give an answer to contemporary issues by renewing their religious traditions, dogmas and structures.
Guest lecturers are Candy Gunther Brown (Religious Studies, Indiana University); Thijl Sunier (Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam); Dan Smeyer Yü (Anthropology, Yunnan Minzu University, China); & Linda Woodhead(Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University).
Practical details:
Participation and stay for young scholars and researchers are free of charge. Participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp.

You can submit your application via the electronic submission form on the summer school websiteThe completed file as well as all other required application documents must be submitted to the UCSIA Selection Committee not later than Sunday 15 May 2016.


For further information regarding the programme and application procedure, please have a look at our


Please help us to distribute this call for applications among PhD students and postdoctoral scholars who might be interested in applying for this summer school.
For all further information, do not hesitate to contact us on the address below.
Best regards,
Sara Mels
Project coordinator