MUSLIM ART CONFERENCE

all for Papers

Exploring Contemporary Muslim Art, Culture and Heritage in Britain
14th September 2017, Birmingham

Art and culture provide a means of communication, an alternative platform to share stories, celebrate contributions to society and challenge misconceptions and stereotypes. In Britain, Muslim art and culture are in transition as we see interchange between artists inspired by the traditional Islamic arts and those who are finding new ways of weaving together their British and Muslim identities. A rising generation is using artistic forms such as music, film, literature, photography, poetry and comedy to express themselves. As well as celebrating the diversity of British Muslim identity, these artists and cultural producers explore difficult issues and help bridge divides between communities.

This new world creates exciting opportunities but also uneasy tensions as to where these practices can fit in the traditional canons of visual and performing arts, the heritage and museum sectors, in literature and even popular culture in Britain. British Muslims often find it difficult to present their work in mainstream arts and cultural establishments such as theatres, galleries and museums. Many upcoming Muslim artists work alone and often struggle to fund their work. Furthermore, the persistence of stereotypical representations of Muslims in popular media and cultural industries makes it harder for Muslims in the arts and cultural sectors to reach a wide audience.

This one-day Muslims in Britain Research Network conference will create space for critical dialogue and community exchange by bringing aspiring and established Muslim artists and cultural producers together with eminent scholars and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and arts funders. The conference will provide a space to discuss, inform, connect and engage through a program of lectures, presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Cultural experts will share insights into the key factors affecting Muslim arts and culture in Britain and will address the practical questions facing Muslim artists in the UK – from applying for their first grant to running an arts organisation, from creating social change to establishing and receiving commissions for national and international work.

We invite the submission of papers, presentations, talks, session proposals, panel discussions, lightning talks, short performances to be presented on Thursday 14th September 2017 at a Birmingham venue (to be confirmed). We welcome proposals from scholars, curators, artists, cultural producers and programmers, and students and independent researchers. Sessions that include a mixture of scholars/researchers and practitioners are particularly encouraged. Although all paper proposals should speak to the theme of Muslim art and culture, we welcome submissions from individuals from any faith background and none.

Themes we hope to cover in the conference include:

  • • How are Muslims in Britain exploring identity, belonging and social change through art, culture and heritage?
  • • How are Muslim art and culture represented in the cultural sector in Britain? Are the cultural industries responding to British Muslims’ demand for culture?
  • • What does contemporary ‘Muslim’ and ‘Islamic’ art mean?
  • • How does contemporary British Muslim cultural production compare/relate to the past and to other cultural contexts?
  • • How are Muslim arts in Britain developing?
  • • What strategies are needed to grow, fund, and sustain Muslim cultural production without compromising on beliefs and creativity?

Individual presentations/responses should last no longer than 10-12 mins, and a full panel session no longer than one hour including audience Q&A.

To participate please send a 200 word abstract to the email address below by Monday 31st July 2017 along with a biography of no more than 50 words (per speaker).

Abstract submissions and any general questions should be sent to the conference organisers at muslimsinbritainrn@gmail.com

Selected academic papers and practitioner responses will be considered for publishing in a conference report and/or recorded and placed online.
http://www.mbrn.org.uk/muslim-art-conference-2017-cfp/

The Durham Conference on Ecclesiology and Ethnography

Conference update!

We are excited to announce an excellent line up for the 2017 conference with some great people presenting.  The deadline for the call for papers is 31st July, so if you’d like to present too, there’s still time. 
We have had some technical issues this year, so please email abstracts directly to Knut Tveitereid, with your name and contact details.  Abstracts should be no more than 200 words.  For more information, an outline timetable, and booking details, see the full conference page.  Conference places can be booked until 31st August.

If you have submitted an abstract already and have not heard from Knut, your original upload may not have arrived.  Please email him directly with your abstract and details.  We are really sorry if you have been waiting and have not been contacted.  With your help, we can get this straightened out very quickly. 

Looking forward to seeing you all in beautiful Durham!
Pete Ward, Sarah Dunlop and Knut Tveitereid
E+E conference team

Postdoktorand In Religionswissenschaft, Soziologie, Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft, Theologie 60%-100%

 

Das Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik (ZRWP) an der Universität Basel sucht ab dem 1. April 2018 für mind. 12 Monate (eine Verlängerung um 18 Monate ist möglich) eine/n PostdoktorandIn für das Forschungsprojekt “Urban Green Religions”.

Das ZRWP ist eine gemeinsame Einrichtung der Universitäten Basel, Fribourg, Lausanne, Luzern und Zürich sowie des Collegium Helveticum. Das ZRWP widmet sich in Forschung und Lehre der inter- und transdisziplinären Untersuchung von Religion und ihren Wechselwirkungen mit Wirtschaft und Politik.

 

Über das Forschungsprojekt:

Das Forschungsprojekt “Urban Green Religions” wird über eine Gesamtzeit von 30 Monaten die Rolle von Religion in urbanen Energiewendeprozessen untersuchen. Hierzu werden mitunter qualitative Leitfadeninterviews mit Akteuren aus unterschiedlichen Sektoren (z.B. Politik, Wirtschaft, Verwaltung) der gewählten Städte durchgeführt. Das Projekt wird durch den Schweizerischen Nationalfonds (SNF) gefördert.

 

Ihre Aufgaben:

– Selbständige Durchführung des Forschungsprojekts in Kooperation mit der Projektleitung

– Verfassen von peer-reviewten Artikeln zum Forschungsprojekt

– Organisation von wissenschaftlichen Veranstaltungen

– Beteiligung an der Lehre des ZRWP

 

Ihr Profil:

– eine abgeschlossene Promotion in Religionswissenschaft, Soziologie, Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft, Theologie, Ethnologie oder Anthropologie

– einen Forschungsschwerpunkt im Bereich Religion und/oder Nachhaltigkeit

– empirische Forschungserfahrung (besonders qualitative Leitfadeninterviews)

– Erfahrung in der eigenständigen Durchführung von Forschungsprojekten

– sehr gute Kenntnisse der englischen und der deutschen Sprache

– Aufgeschlossenheit für interdisziplinäre und internationale Zusammenarbeit

– Freude an selbständiger und teamorientierter wissenschaftlicher Arbeit

 

Wir bieten Ihnen:

Wir bieten eine attraktive Forschungsposition in einem spannenden Forschungsumfeld zu einem Themenfeld von wachsender Relevanz bei Bezahlung gemäß http://www.snf.ch/SiteCollectionDocuments/Anhang_XII_Ausfuehrungsreglement _Beitragsreglement.pdf

 

Weitere Auskünfte:

Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen (Motivationsschreiben, Lebenslauf, Publikationsliste, akademische Zertifikate, Namen von zwei Referenzen, eine ausgewählte Publikation) senden Sie bitte bis zum 8. September 2017 zusammengefügt in einer einzigen PDF-Datei an forschungsdekanat-theol@unibas.ch (Franziska Müller Boss). Weitere Auskünfte erhalten Sie von Prof. Dr. Jens Köhrsen, jens.koehrsen@unibas.ch. Die Bewerbungsgespräche finden am 28. September 2017 statt. www.unibas.ch

New Issue: Sociology of Islam Journal, Special Issue on Immigration, Political Economy, & Islam

Sociology of Islam

Editors-in-Chief
Gary Wood,
Virginia Tech
Tugrul Keskin,
Shanghai University

Special Issue on Immigration, Political Economy and Islam

Volume 5, Issue 2-3

Guest Editors: Ray Jureidini and Sari Hanafi

http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/22131418

Special Issue on Immigration, Political Economy and Islam

  Research Article

Gulf Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

  Research Article

Shari‘ah Law and Capitulations Governing the Non-Muslim Foreign Merchants in the Ottoman Empire

  Research Article

The Socio-economic Aspects of hijra

  Research Article

Islam and Female Migrant Domestic Workers in Qatar

  Research Article

The “Humane Economy”: Migrant Labour and Islam in Qatar and the UAE

  Research Article

The Convergence of Migrants and Refugees


Symposium: ‘Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Australia.’

You are invited to join us at the symposium ‘Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Australia.’  The symposium is convened by Cristina Rocha, Mark Hutchinson and Kathleen Openshaw, scholars at the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University. Keynote speaker: Prof Paul Freston (Wilfred Laurier University). It will take place on 11-12 August at WSU Parramatta city campus.
Registration is free, but needed for catering purposes. For the programme, registration, and more details see https://pccinaussymposium.wordpress.com

Cheers,
Cristina
Associate Professor Cristina Rocha
ARC Future Fellow
Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster
Western Sydney University

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 a.sahin@warwick.ac.uk  by 18 August 2017 to reserve a place.

Details and registration are available at:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ces/  and http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ces/news/islamiceducationsummerschool2017

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 a.sahin@warwick.ac.uk  by 18 August 2017 to reserve a place.

Details and registration are available at:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ces/  and http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ces/news/islamiceducationsummerschool2017

New Book: Religion and the Global City

Edited by David Garbin & Anna Strhan

Bloomsbury 

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/religion-and-the-global-city-9781474272438/

This is the first book to explore how religious movements and actors shape and are shaped by aspects of global city dynamics. Theoretically grounded and empirically informed, Religion and the Global City advances discussions in the field of urban religion, and establishes future research directions. The book brings together a wealth of ethnographically rich and vivid case studies in a diversity of urban settings, in both Global North and Global South contexts. These case studies are drawn from both ‘classical’ global cities such as London and Paris, and also from large cosmopolitan metropolises  such as Bangalore, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos, Singapore and Hong Kong – which all constitute, in their own terms, powerful sites within the informational, cultural and moral networked economies of contemporary globalization.

By taking on what makes a city truly religiously ‘global’ and what makes a global religion truly urban outside the west, on a variety of scales and in a variety of places, Garbin and Strhan’s edited volume successfully reframes our understanding of the urban religion-globalization nexus.” 

Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College, USA and author of God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape (2007) 

This volume opens up the world of urban religions, showing how they connect globalization and urbanization through everyday acts of place-making, co-operation and conviviality. Impressive in its geographical purview and inter-disciplinary ambition, this is an important collection and one that deserves to be read by all those interested in the state of our cities.” 

Phil Hubbard, Professor of Urban Studies, King’s College London, UK

Post-Doctoral Position: “Islamic Activists in Exile”

Please find below the call for application for 2 year post-doctoral position based at CEFRES (Prague)  on the topic “Islamic Activists in Exile: Europe, Middle East and South-Asia. Deadline: 23 August 2017. 

Topic 3: “Islamic Activists in Exile: Europe, Middle East and South-Asia”

This research project will associate one post-doctoral researcher with CAS researcher Giedre Sabaseviciute.

Description: Candidates will be expected to contribute to the project on the contemporary exiled Islamic activists in European, Middle Eastern and South-Asian cities. The project aims to research the ways in which the experience of exile affect the trajectories of activism, focusing on how different national context influence their career choices, which vary between the continuation of activism, involvement into different causes, or disengagement. Possible research topics include but are not restricted to 1- circulation of ideas, norms and activism through human networks; 2- patterns of activist network formation; 3- relationship between the exiled activists and their host countries; 4- continuities and ruptures in individual trajectories of activism. Candidates are expected to have conducted their doctoral research in one of the regions covered by the project (The Gulf, Turkey, South-Asia), to be proficient of one of its languages (Turkish, Arabic, Malay), and have an important knowledge of the fieldwork. Interdisciplinary approach is preferred, as well as some experience in ethnographic and biographical research, media studies, and discourse analysis.
Applicants may contact Giedre Sabaseviciute before applying for any relevant questions on their application. Please write to: saba@orient.cas.cz

More information can be found on http://www.cefres.cz/en/6214

CFP: “Exploring Contemporary Muslim Art, Culture, and Heritage in Britain”

Call for Papers
MUSLIM ART CONFERENCE
Exploring Contemporary Muslim Art, Culture and Heritage in Britain
14th September 2017, Birmingham

Art and culture provide a means of communication, an alternative platform to share stories, celebrate contributions to society and challenge misconceptions and stereotypes. In Britain, Muslim art and culture are in transition as we see interchange between artists inspired by the traditional Islamic arts and those who are finding new ways of weaving together their British and Muslim identities. A rising generation is using artistic forms such as music, film, literature, photography, poetry and comedy to express themselves. As well as celebrating the diversity of British Muslim identity, these artists and cultural producers explore difficult issues and help bridge divides between communities.

This new world creates exciting opportunities but also uneasy tensions as to where these practices can fit in the traditional canons of visual and performing arts, the heritage and museum sectors, in literature and even popular culture in Britain. British Muslims often find it difficult to present their work in mainstream arts and cultural establishments such as theatres, galleries and museums. Many upcoming Muslim artists work alone and often struggle to fund their work. Furthermore, the persistence of stereotypical representations of Muslims in popular media and cultural industries makes it harder for Muslims in the arts and cultural sectors to reach a wide audience.

This one-day Muslims in Britain Research Network conference will create space for critical dialogue and community exchange by bringing aspiring and established Muslim artists and cultural producers together with eminent scholars and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and arts funders. The conference will provide a space to discuss, inform, connect and engage through a program of lectures, presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Cultural experts will share insights into the key factors affecting Muslim arts and culture in Britain and will address the practical questions facing Muslim artists in the UK – from applying for their first grant to running an arts organisation, from creating social change to establishing and receiving commissions for national and international work.

We invite the submission of papers, presentations, talks, session proposals, panel discussions, lightning talks, short performances to be presented on Thursday 14th September 2017 at a Birmingham venue (to be confirmed). We welcome proposals from scholars, curators, artists, cultural producers and programmers, and students and independent researchers. Sessions that include a mixture of scholars/researchers and practitioners are particularly encouraged. Although all paper proposals should speak to the theme of Muslim art and culture, we welcome submissions from individuals from any faith background and none.

Themes we hope to cover in the conference include:
• How are Muslims in Britain exploring identity, belonging and social change through art, culture and heritage?
• How are Muslim art and culture represented in the cultural sector in Britain? Are the cultural industries responding to British Muslims’ demand for culture?
• What does contemporary ‘Muslim’ and ‘Islamic’ art mean?
• How does contemporary British Muslim cultural production compare/relate to the past and to other cultural contexts?
• How are Muslim arts in Britain developing?
• What strategies are needed to grow, fund, and sustain Muslim cultural production without compromising on beliefs and creativity?

Individual presentations/responses should last no longer than 10-12 mins, and a full panel session no longer than one hour including audience Q&A.

To participate please send a 200 word abstract to the email address below by Monday 31st July 2017 along with a biography of no more than 50 words (per speaker)

Abstract submissions and any general questions should be sent to the conference organisers atmuslimsinbritainrn@gmail.com

Selected academic papers and practitioner responses will be considered for publishing in a conference report and/or recorded and placed online.
http://www.mbrn.org.uk/muslim-art-conference-2017-cfp/