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A minority within a minority?: the complexity and multilocality of transnational Twelver Shia networks in Britain OS

Dear all,
the attached article might be of interest to subscribers of the list:
With best wishes,
Oliver Scharbrodt
Professor of Islamic Studies
University of Birmingham

VENUE CHANGED: CIS Public Talks: “Rogue Elements” or Rogue State: Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi CA

CIS Public Talks:  “Rogue Elements” or Rogue State: Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi

When: Thursday, 8 November, 2018 from 5:00pm to 6:45pm


Speaker:  Madawi Al-Rasheed

Registration is necessary for this event:

** “Rogue Elements” or Rogue State: Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi **

In the light of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, the Saudi regime faced a serious, unprecedented crisis; mainly the collapse of its reputation as a benevolent monarchy. In the literature on authoritarianism, the monarchy is classified as one that uses more carrots than sticks with critics and dissidents. However, the consulate incident exposed this persistent myth and undermined Saudi credibility at the domestic and international levels. This presentation explores the consequences and assess future prospects.

Dr Madawi Al-Rasheed is a visiting professor at the Middle East Centre at LSE. She has written extensively about the Arabian Peninsula and her most recent book is Salman’s Legacy: the Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia, Hurst, 2018.

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

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

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Coloque / Appel à contribution: Formatage de la non-religion dans la société post-moderne – perspectives institutionnelles et juridiques. Projet Eurel

26-27 sept. 2018 Oslo (Norvège)

Ce colloque est organisé par le projet Good Protestant, Bad Religion? Formatting Religion in Modern Society (GOBA) de l’Université d’Oslo, et le projet Eurel

Calendrier du colloque:

  • date limite de contribution 28 février 2018
  • notification des réponses 31 mars 2018
  • colloque 26-27 septembre 2018

Le colloque Formatage de la non-religion dans la société post-moderne – perspectives institutionnelles et juridiques invite les chercheurs de toutes disciplines à se pencher sur la conceptualisation et la connaissance de la non-religion dans la société moderne tardive. Le colloque part de l’idée que la non-religion est un concept culturellement contingent, qui connaît des variations socioculturelles selon les régions géographiques et les systèmes sociopolitiques. Du fait de la croissance numérique de la population non religieuse, les cartes d’appartenance religieuse doivent être repensées, ce qui pourrait aussi avoir un impact sur la façon dont les affiliations religieuses et non religieuses sont reconnues par l’État. 

Deux conférences plénières seront présentées durant le colloque, par le professeur Lori Beaman (Université d’Ottawa) et le professeur Lois Lee (Université du Kent).

Le colloque appelle à des communications fondées sur les sciences politiques, la sociologie et le droit. Les approches sociologiques peuvent s’appuyer aussi bien sur des méthodes de recherche quantitatives que qualitatives. Les communications aborderont l’une ou l’autre des questions suivantes: 

  • Comment définir la non-religion et comment les “sans religion” peuvent-ils être appréhendés et pris en compte dans les études sur la religion?
  • Comment le contexte socioculturel et religieux des différents pays influe-t-il sur la réglementation et la représentation de la non-religion dans l’élaboration des lois et des politiques?
  • Où et comment les individus et les collectifs non religieux s’intègrent-ils dans les institutions des sociétés contemporaines?
  • De quelle manière les services développés pour satisfaire les besoins existentiels des citoyens fournis par l’État à travers le droit et la politique (“d’en haut”) reconnaissent-ils les visions du monde et les sentiments autres que religieux? Comment les croyances non religieuses peuvent-elles être abordées par la loi?
  • Comment la non-religion “d’en haut” affecte-t-elle les notions de citoyenneté et d’appartenance nationale?

Les propositions d’articles, ne dépassant pas 300 mots, peuvent être soumises ici avant le 28 février 2018. Les propositions doivent préciser lequel des thèmes proposés est pris en compte par la présentation, et indiquer les coordonnées de l’auteur et son affiliation institutionnelle.

Le prix Eurel sera remis lors de la conférence 2018. Il est ouvert aux doctorants et jeunes chercheurs (moins de 3 ans après la soutenance du doctorat). Précisez dans votre proposition si vous vous trouvez dans une telle situation.

Les auteurs seront avisés avant le 31 mars 2018 si leur proposition est acceptée. Les  frais d’hébergement (pour une nuit) et les repas seront pris en charge par les organisateurs pour les contributeurs. Les frais de transport ne sont pas pris en charge.

Les communications, d’une durée de 20 minutes maximum, doivent être présentées soit en français soit en anglais. Si possible, les documents de présentation seront alors proposés dans l’autre langue; cela sera un apport apprécié mais n’est pas obligatoire.

Comité scientifique du colloque: Helge Årsheim (Norvège), Erlend From (Norvège), Sylvie Toscer-Angot (France), Michał Zawiślak (Pologne), Anne-Laure Zwilling (France).

Strangers to Citizens (S2C)

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am a reader in history at Glasgow Caledonian University, and am currently putting together an application for EU funding for a group project whose focus would be the history of immigration, provisionally titled ‘Strangers to Citizens’. The project would be based around an MSCA incoming fellowship, whereby a scholar from outside the UK (preferably from another EU country) would come to Glasgow to base himself or herself at our institution and run the project.

Professor Tariq Modood of the University of Bristol has recommended that I contact you to ask if you would circulate a call for candidates via your mailing list. I would be very grateful if you would do this for me. Please find the call attached, together with a short text for the introductory email.

Please let me know if you have any concerns or would like any further information.
Yours sincerely,
Ben Shepherd

Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for five postdoctoral fellowships for the research program


Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME).


Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME) seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame.


The program puts emphasis on three programmatic ideas: 1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) reexamining genealogical notions of mythical ‘beginnings’, ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.


EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:


Cities Compared: Urban Change in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions

is directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, both of the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. It contributes to the debate on plurality, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and social, cultural, ethnic, and religious differences and conflict in the cities around the Mediterranean.


Islamic Discourse Contested: Middle Eastern and European Perspectives

is directed by Gudrun Krämer, Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought in the framework of discourses on authenticity, modernity, secularity, and justice.


Perspectives on the Qur’an: Negotiating Different Views of a Shared History

is directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Freie Universität Berlin. This research group situates the foundational text of Islam within the religious and literary landscape of late antiquity, early Islamic History and Arabic philology, and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its hermeneutics, its reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East.


Travelling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures

is directed by Friederike Pannewick, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, and Samah Selim, Rutgers University. This research group reassesses literary entanglements, translations and processes of canonization between the Middle East and other regions.


Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Fundamentalism and Religion from Middle Eastern Perspectives

is a special forum, directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben-Gurion University, that attempts to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity, tradition, or religion in the context of the experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East.


EUME is interested in developing new fields of research that bridge the gap between social science approaches and cultural studies in questions relating to the ongoing transformation processes in Europe and the Middle East (in cooperation with Cilja Harders, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Rachid Ouaissa, Political Science Department, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg and Kader Konuk, Universität Duisburg-Essen).




The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of art history, history, literature, philology, political philosophy, political science, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the overall framework of Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below. As a rule, the fellowships start on 1 October 2018 and will end on 31 July 2019. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus supplement depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. Scholars are also invited to apply with their own funding. The working language of EUME is English.


Application Procedure


An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of

— the attached application cover sheet

— a curriculum vitae,

— a project description (no longer than five pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship


The application should be submitted by e-mail as three separate WORD documents or PDF files in English and should be received by May 15, 2018, sent to


Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME)

c/o Forum Transregionale Studien e.V.

Attn: Georges Khalil

Wallotstrasse 14,

14193 Berlin

Fax +49 30 89 001 440


Institutional Framework


Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011, EUME is continued at the Forum Transregionale Studien.In scholarly terms, EUME is directed by a Collegium that currently consists of the following persons: Ulrike Freitag (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Cilja Harders (Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, FU Berlin), Kader Konuk (Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen), Gudrun Krämer (Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin), Nora Lafi (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Angelika Neuwirth (FU Berlin), Rashid Ouaissa (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), and Stefan Weber (Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin).


The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows.

In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and the rest of Germany, it carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions. It currently supports four research programs and initiatives: Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe, the Academy in Exile, and Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME).


For more information on the Forum, please visit:


For more information on EUME and its research fields, please visit:


For information on the research institutions in Berlin participating in EUME, please visit:


Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin:

Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, FU Berlin:

Corpus Coranicum, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften:

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient:

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin:

Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin:

Museum for Islamic Art:

Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, FU Berlin:

Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies:

Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen:


Contact Info:


Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe (EUME)

c/o Forum Transregionale Studien

Attn: Georges Khalil

Wallotstrasse 14, 14193 Berlin

Fax +49 30 – 89 001 440




Contact Email:



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)

No 35 de RELIGIOLOGIQUES disponible en ligne

La revue québécoise de sciences humaines, RELIGIOLOGIQUES, qui s’intéresse aux manifestations du sacré dans la culture ainsi qu’au phénomène religieux sous toutes ses formes, a le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication en ligne du No 35 (printemps / automne 2017) intitulé, « Pérennité du mythe ». Les textes sont disponibles dans leur intégralité sur le site Internet de la revue.

Roxanne D. Marcotte

Pour le comité de rédaction de RELIGIOLOGIQUES

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RELIGIOLOGIQUES, no 35, printemps / automne 2017

Pérennité du mythe

Sous la direction scientifique de Geneviève PIGEON


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— Genviève Pigeon

      Présentation. Perspectives sur la pérennité du mythe

— Stéphanie Chifflet

Des réminiscences mythiques dans Le cœur cousu de Carole Martinez

— David Laporte

Origines d’un mythe, mythe des origines : l’américanité des commencements dans La saga des Béothuks de Bernard Assiniwi

— Jean-Pierre Thomas

La cosmogonie inédite de Sylvain Trudel

— Mathilde RoussignÉ

« La femme à face de femme » : reprises et détournements du mythe de Méduse en littérature contemporaine

— Igor Fiatti

Le mythe habsbourgeois, contours et précisions : une lecture mythocritique à travers Joseph Roth et la saga des Trotta

— Léa Lefevre-Radelli

Renouvellement et transformation des versions anishinaabeg du déluge : les interprétations du mythe par Peter Jones et Edward Benton-Banai

— Fabio Armand, Marie-Agnès Cathiard et Chirstian Abry

Permanences des éléments trichologiques issus du sensorium de la paralysie du sommeil : cauchemars pilosi en expérience decorps fantômes

— Nadine Boudou

La société du risque : de la réalité à la fiction

— Gaël Hily et Geneviève Pigeon

L’Halloween : de l’Irlande à Montréal