NOI♀SE Summer School – Feminist Media Studies of Migration: European discourses and lived experiences

NOI♀SE 2016 Summer School Feminist Media Studies of Migration:

European discourses and lived experiences

29 August – 2 September 2016, Utrecht University, The Netherlands Organized by the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies

  • Would you like to explore how gender and postcolonial perspectives can be fruitfully combined for an emancipatory re-imagination of Europe as inherently culturally diverse?
  • Do you want to know more about how axes of difference including gender, race, religion, class and generation intersect in mediatized European discourses and lived experiences?
  • Are you curious to learn more about the feminization of migration?
  • Would you like to join us in mobilizing feminist media studies of migration to

    rethink Europeanness from below?

  • Are you interested in deconstructing the label of the migrant by re-considering

    who counts as a migrant and who does not?

  • Are you struggling to make sense of the so-called “rape-refugees” discourse that

    became en vogue after mass sexual assaults in Cologne, Germany and elsewhere? Worrying about the misuse of feminism by right-wing anti-immigrant politicians and journalists? Join us in studying the vexed power relations between media and migration.

    Join the 2016 Summer School!

    This year, the 24rd edition of NOI♀SE will introduce you to cutting-edge scholarship on media and migration at the intersections of feminist media and cultural studies, postcolonial studies, cultural anthropology, religion studies, communication, activism and the arts.

    Topical urgency and focus

    Norbert Baksa shot refugee-chic fashion photos of scarcely clad women at the Hungarian-Croatian border, an important location of frustration and contestation in the contemporary humanitarian crisis at the borders of Europe. The photos are framed like news images, but they were actually part of a fashion shoot series titled ‘Der Migrant’. Seemingly inspired by the humanitarian crisis, the photographer drew fierce criticism for glamorizing the pain, hardship and dire circumstances of Syrian asylum seekers trying to reach countries in North/Western Europe. These images raise attention for how discursive constructions of migrants are commonly gendered and draw on issues of religiosity. While female migrants are either exoticised and sexualized or depicted as oppressed by brown men and in need of being saved; male migrants are typically Othered as non-rational, backward in time, aggressive or dangerous drawing on historical orientalist frames. Besides gender and religion, additional axes of differentiation intersect in staking out the boundaries of Europeanises.


    The flow of (forced) migrants resulting from various international conflicts is perceived as a fundamental challenge to the project of Europe. An estimated 950 thousand people arrived by sea in 2015, and 3605 people have died or are missing (UNHCR, 2015). Although predicated on the idea “Unity in Diversity” (Ponzanesi & Colpani, 2016, p. 7), Europe’s sense of diversity is strongly politicized. It’s relationship with migration is opportunistic and geared towards welcoming newcomers fitting a particular narrow configuration of race/gender/class/religion/ability/sexuality. For example, highly educated expats – especially those from the ‘Global North’ are welcomed under “Europe’s Highly Skilled Migrant Scheme”. In sharp contrast, refugees are Europe’s new absolute Other as is evident from the enormous death toll of undesired migrants at Europe’s borders, reintroduced border controls within the Schengen Area, and the symbolic violence and hostility towards refugees and asylum seekers in several European countries. Taking a comparative and critical perspective, we aim to rethink Europe from the outside and from within.


    In order to contest this problematic, multilayered situation there is urgent demand for robust feminist and postcolonial cultural critique, engaged fieldwork and new, grounded empirical data. The 2016 NOISE Summer school invites students interested in taking up this challenge. Summer school participants will be:

    • introduced to feminist media studies of migration, with a particular focus on  multiculturalism and cultural difference; religiosity and post-secularism;         intersectionality; media, ICTs & diaspora; sexualities and queering migration.

• trained in theories, methods and ethics of qualitative feminist media analysis and fieldwork.

The summer school emerges from a wider engagement with questions of the gendered, racialized, sexualized and classed cultural politics of belonging, inclusion/exclusion and othering.

Target audience

This advanced training course offers a diverse yet coherent program of study from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Summer School is meant for PhD and MA students. Separate seminars for these two groups will be provided in the afternoons.


• Two lectures in the morning
• Separate PhD and MA-seminars in the afternoon
• Social program
• Students prepare before NOI♀SE by reading and collecting material for assignments

(approximately 40 hours of work). After the school has ended, participants who fulfilled all requirements (preparation of assignments and reading, active participation, and final essay of 10-15 pages) receive a NOI♀SE Certificate (5 ECTS).

• All students are expected to participate in the entire program for the duration of five days. Please check the website for more information, registration and regular updates:  Education  NOI♀SE 2016


The NOI♀SE Summer School 2016 will be hosted by Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee is €425. This includes digital reading materials but excludes accommodation and subsistence costs (i.e., food, meals, drinks, etc.).

Teachers in the course

The NOI♀SE Summer School is organized by the Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG, Utrecht University). The 2016 edition is coordinated by dr. Koen Leurs and dr. Eva Midden.
Several renowned international scholars from various disciplines including gender and postcolonial studies, media and communication studies, cultural anthropology and religious studies will be teaching at the Summer School.

Confirmed guest-speakers

  • Prof. dr. Mia Lövheim, professor of the Sociology of Religion at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, with a research specialization in new media.
  • Prof. dr. Sandra Ponzanesi, Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Department of Media and Culture Studies/Graduate Gender Programme (UU).I am also Head of Department Humanities at University College Utrecht (UCU).
  • Dr. Paul Mepschen, Lecturer at Leiden University, the Netherlands with expertise in Europe, Politics, Race, Sexuality, Subjectivity.
  • Dr. Donya Alinejad, Postdoctoral Researcher Digital Crossings in Europe, Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON), Department of Media and Culture Studies/Graduate Gender Programme (UU).
  • Dr. Lukasz Szulc, Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders University of Antwerp Belgium / Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow London School of Economics and Political Science who researches media, sexualities and transnationalism.

    Additional names will be announced on the website in spring.

    Registration and Deadline:

    Deadline: April 22, 2016. You can find the application form on the website:  Education  NOI♀SE 2016

    For more information

    NOI♀SE Central Coordination Utrecht University Muntstraat 2a
    3512 EV Utrecht

    The Netherlands E-mail:


Summer School “Beyond the City Limits: Rethinking New Religiosities in Asia” – Göttingen, 18-22 July 2016

Göttingen Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology (GISCA)

Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Centre for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS)

CfA Summer School Göttingen SPIRIT 2016

Beyond the City Limits: Rethinking New Religiosities in Asia

18-22 July, 2016

University of Göttingen, Germany


With the rapid urbanization across Asia, with new cityscapes, glittering skyscrapers, shopping malls, globalized forms of consumption it is easy to assume that cities are the primary sites for the production of the new. Indeed, urbanity is often used as a synonym for modernity and Asian futures would appear to be increasingly urban. But if cities are the future, is the country then the past? Does the focus on cities as sites of “the new” ignore the complex ways rural contexts, settings and imaginaries are implicated and contribute to contemporary religious practice? And to what extent does the notion of “urban religion” implicitly depend on its “others”? Does it reproduce the urban/rural distinction as one of the “great divides” (Latour 1993) that have been central to the experience of modernity? This Summer School takes up these issues and asks how the study of contemporary religious life in Asia can benefit from “thinking beyond the city”, whether “the city” is understood as a spatial entity, a site of enquiry, or as an analytical category.

Application deadline: March 6, 2016. Successful applicants will be informed by mid-March.

Please find more information about the thematic scope, the speakers and the program and at

Modern Turkish Studies Summer School at Maltepe University – June 2016


Society, Politics and Economy in Modern Turkey


Marmara Eğitim Köyü, Maltepe/Istanbul – TURKEY

TEL: (0216) 626 1050



JUNE 5 – JUNE 16, 2016


3 Credits (Undergraduate and Graduate)



Tugrul Keskin

Cell: 533-607-8465

Modern Turkish Studies Summer School at Maltepe University will take place between JUNE 5th and JUNE 16th. 2016.

This program will be held in two parts; the first part is for policy makers, think-tank scholars, researchers, journalists, freelancers and others.

The second part of the conference is for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Modern Turkish Studies Summer Program will be held at Maltepe University in Istanbul, Turkey and will include lectures on intensive Modern Turkish Politics from diverse speakers with authentic views. Participants will be welcomed at Maltepe University located on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Participants will stay on the university’s beautiful campus, at the five-star university hotel:

The second part of the program will take place in Bodrum, Mugla:

Everyone who would like to learn more about Modern Turkish Politics should participate; this is an ideal learning and exchange forum for policy makers, think-tank scholars, researchers, journalists, freelancers, undergraduate and graduate students.

 At the end of the course, you will receive a Modern Turkish Studies certificate from Maltepe University. Undergraduate and gradate students will also receive 3 undergraduate or graduate course credits.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodations and transportation (within Turkey) are all included.

The Program Fee is $1950 includes tuition/ fees, accommodations, food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), and local transportation. Additional participant expenses not included are airfare (to Turkey), visa fees, and personal expenses.









10:00 – 12:00


14:00 – 16:00


Sunday JUNE 5, 2016

Arrival at Maltepe University hotel (Marma Otel)

Welcome Dinner at the Hotel

Hosted by Sahin Karasar,

President of Maltepe University


Monday JUNE 6, 2016








Director of Graduate School of Social Sciences at Maltepe University

(PhD University of Chicago, 1981)


Tuesday JUNE 7, 2016






Istanbul Kultur University

(PhD Bosphorus University, 2011)





Parliamentarian – Adana-AKP

 (PhD University of Warwick, 2001)


Wednesday JUNE 8, 2016






Parliamentarian – Gaziantep- MHP

(PhD Gazi University, 1990)





Representative of the Peoples’ Democratic Party


Thursday JUNE 9, 2016





Director of ORSAM and TOBB University

(PhD University of Utah, 2009)





Marmara University – Institute of the Middle East

(PhD Southern Illinois University, 2003)

Founder and General Coordinator of ATCOSS The Arab-Turkish Congress of Social Sciences since 2010

6th Day

Friday JUNE 10, 2016





Center for Strategic Research at the Turkish Foreign Ministry

(PhD University of Essex, 2001)

Roundtable Discussion on Turkish Foreign Policy

7th Day

Saturday JUNE 11, 2016

Departure to Bodrum, Turkey

8th Day

Sunday JUNE 12, 2016





Maltepe University

(PhD Virginia Tech, 2009)

Roundtable Discussion on China (PRC) and Turkey

Moderated by TUGRUL KESKIN

9th Day

Monday JUNE 13, 2016





Atilim University

(PhD Bilkent University, 2002)

Roundtable Discussion on Russia and Turkey


10th Day

Tuesday JUNE 14, 2016




Middle Tennessee State University, USA



National Defense University, USA

Roundtable Discussion on the USA and Turkey

Moderated by SEAN FOLLEY



11th Day

Wednesday JUNE 15, 2016



Associate Professor BARIŞ DOSTER Marmara University, Turkey

Roundtable Discussion on Europe and Turkey

Moderated by BARIŞ DOSTER

12th Day

Thursday JUNE 16, 2016

Return to Istanbul

Accommodation in Istanbul


CFP: Summer Workshop on Faith-Based Violence

We would like to draw your attention to the call for applications for the 2015 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation”. This summer school is a one-week course taking place from Sunday 23rd of August until Sunday 30th of August 2015 (dates of arrival and departure). This year the programme will focus on the topic of Is Faith-based Violence Religious?


Despite the predicted secularization process that would make religion less salient in the global world, the topic of faith biased violence remains hugely relevant, both from a societal and an academic perspective. Whether the movements are pro-democracy or pro-theocracy, religious movements are often instrumental in political change. Political tensions mapped onto religious discourse may also de-contextualize historical events, mythologize agendas and transform neighbours into ‘others’ while the struggle for ‘Truth’ renders defence into an act of aggression. Given UCSIA’s mission to delve into academically timely and challenging topics we will approach this phenomenon from an interdisciplinary perspective. More specifically, the UCSIA summer school  will investigate both sides of the subject matter: Is religion inductive of or instrumental for violence?

Guest lecturers are Jonathan Fox (Religion and State Project, Faculty of the Political Studies, Bar-Ilan University); Peter Neumann (Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and  International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation); Marat Shterin (Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London); & Thijl Sunier (Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam).

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 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 than Sunday 19 April 2015.

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

Please help us to distribute this call for application 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

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Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life

Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life
The Paissiy Hilendarski University of Plovdiv
July 26th –August 8th, 2015

The 2015 Balkan Summer School on Religion and Public Life (BSSRPL) will be devoted to the theme Conversion and the Boundaries of Community. As with previous schools, it proceeds from the idea that religion and other forms of collective belonging are central for the life of both individuals and society, and that our religious communities are often those to which we devote our greatest loyalties. In our diverse but increasingly interconnected world, we need to find ways to live together in a world populated by people with very different political ideas,
moral beliefs and communal loyalties.

The goal of the Summer School is to provide a laboratory for the practical pedagogy of tolerance and living with difference in a global society. Its focus is on religion as providing the fundamental terms of moral community and its aim is to produce new practices and understandings for living together in a world populated by “differences”. The Balkan Summer School takes up this very real challenge and tries to critically define differences, especially communal and religious differences between people as the starting point of a publically shared life. Its basic aim is to help participants realize their prejudices and question their taken-for-granted assumptions of the other through the construction of a safe social space of exploration and interaction that includes an innovative mixture of academic teaching, experiential field experience (practicums) and affective engagement with the challenges of “living together differently”.

Our 2015 summer school will explore the issue of conversion, (both religious and non-religious), in the Balkans and elsewhere. We will explore conversion in its legal, social, and religious aspects, as well as its place within families, as an aspect of gender identity and as a form of accommodating the power differentials in a given society. Inquiry into different forms of conversion as lived practice in the area of the Rhodope Mountains and the Thracian plain around the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv will serve as the sharp lens of our inquiry. Ultimately, however we shall be focusing on the experience of our own boundaries, preconceptions, lived practices, prejudices and preconceptions – to better appreciate how to live with difference rather than deny, trivialize or abrogate it.

Drawing on over twelve years experience of CEDAR-Communities Engaging with Difference and Religion ( the BSSRPL seeks to bring together fellows from different walks of life and different religious and confessional communities, (as well as those who define themselves as members of no such communities and have no religious identities) to explore these themes together, in conditions of mutual respect and recognition. We look forward to an enriching mix of post-graduate students, professors, NGO leaders, journalists, religious leaders, policy analysts, and teachers from the area of the Balkans, Europe and beyond to join us for the two weeks of the school.  The BSSRPL combines more traditional academic lectures with field-work, practical, experiential learning and more affectively orientated forms of group learning; in a innovative approach to learning that goes far beyond the purely cognitive.

The successful candidates will be expected to fund their own transportation to Sofia, Bulgaria. The BSSRPL maintains a needs-based tuition policy and bursaries are available.

Please send your Application to or The deadline for Applications is 23 February 2015.

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Call for papers – RELIGION, REFORM AND THE CHALLENGE OF PLURALITY – UCSIA Summer School, 25 Aug-1 Sept 2013, Antwerp, Belgium

Call for applications

2013 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society”
Sunday 25 August – Sunday 1 September 2013
Antwerp, Belgium

In 2013 the UCSIA summer school focuses on the topic of Religion, Reform and the Challenge of Plurality. We will research processes of change that arise in the interaction between religions and societies in contexts of plurality – especially and also in a global world. Where a diversity of religions and societal perspectives are present, identity-claims are problematised, and the understanding of citizenship is evolving. What role can religions play in shaping such societies? How do plural societies affect religions towards changing their own attitudes towards one another and revising their role in society? How do religious convictions and perspectives on citizenship relate to one another? Can one ‘belong’ to various cultures and religions? These challenges can be studied in various areas: changes in the perception and self-image of religions and faith-based organizations (so-called ‘identity-issues”), education, public health management, welfare programs, the relevance of voluntary work, attitudes towards (im)migration, gender and race issues, culture, politics, involvement in the public sphere, etc.

Guest lecturers:
Guest lecturers are José Casanova (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington DC), Robert W. Hefner (Boston University), John Hutchinson (London School of Economics) and Louise Ryan (Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University, London).

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 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 than Sunday 28 April 2013!

For further information regarding the programme and application procedure, please have a look at our website:
Sara MelsProject coordinator
UCSIAPrinsstraat 14 2000
AntwerpBelgiumTel: +32/3/265.45.99Fax: +32/3/707.09.31

Islamic Reform Movements After the Arab Spring


Islamic Reform Movements After the Arab Spring
June 24 – July 3, 2013 International Institute of Islamic Thought, Herndon, Virginia, USA

Call for Papers

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) will convene its 6th Summer Institute for scholars between June 24 and July 3, 2013 at its headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, USA. The Summer Institute is an annual meeting dedicated to the study of contemporary approaches to Qur’an and Sunnah that brings together senior and young scholars to present papers and participate in panels and informal discussions focused on topics related to a particular theme.
The theme of this year’s program is “Islamic Reform Movements after the Arab Spring”. The meeting will explore the implications of the Arab Spring on Islamic reform movements in the Arab world and the wider Muslim world, and examine questions such as:
1) How did the Arab Spring influence contemporary Islamic reform movements in the Arab world?
2) What were the reactions of major Islamic groups to the uprising?
3) What are the implications of the rise of Islamists to power – domestically, regionally and internationally?
4) What is the significance of these radical political changes on Islamic political thought in general and on the institutional practices and organization of Islamist groups in particular?
5) How will these changes influence the relationship between Islamic movements/parties and the Western world?
6) What are the implications of the Arab Spring for other Muslim countries? These and other relevant questions will be the focal areas of discussions during the meeting.

Deadline for abstracts is February 15, 2013 and for final papers is May 15, 2013.
The Institute will convene on June 24 and will conclude on July 3rd, 2013.
IIIT will publishe selected papers in an edited volume, within one year after the Seminar.
IIIT will cover travel cost (from continental US and Canada) and will provide hotel accommodation for scholars with accepted papers, and will pay each scholar a per diem of $100 for participation and $1,000 for a published paper.
Abstracts and papers should be sent to:
For inquiries, please call 703 471 1133 Ext 101.

Summer Institute: “Good Governance in Islam”

IIIT is pleased to announce its 5th Summer Institute for Scholars to be convened at IIIT, July 9-18, 2012. The theme this year will be “Good Governance in Islam: Classical and contemporary Approaches”. The program will include lectures, paper presentations and panel discussions. Selected papers and lectures will be considered for publication in a volume to be published by IIIT. IIIT will cover the cost of domestic travel and accommodation for participating scholars and will provide a $100 per day to cover living expenses plus a $1000 honorarium for scholars with papers accepted for publication and submitted on a timely basis.

For more details, please see the Call for Papers.
Abubaker al Shingieti, PhD
Executive Director, IIIT
500 Grove St., Herndon, VA 20170

Summer Seminar in Pentecostal Studies

Trinity Western University is hosting a Summer Seminar in Pentecostal Studies, August 13-17, 2012 with Dr. Allan Anderson, University of Birmingham, UK.
See this link for details.

The focus will be on understanding Pentecostalism’s global context.

For more information:
Michael Wilkinson
Sociology Department
Trinity Western University
Langley, BC 604-888-7511 ext. 3832