Call for Papers: special issue for the Journal of Muslims in Europe

Call for Papers

for a special issue for the Journal of Muslims in Europe

“Europe with or without Muslims – narratives of Europe”

Guest editors:             Göran Larsson, University of Gothenburg

Riem Spielhaus, University of Copenhagen

We are seeking papers for a special issue of the new double blind-peer reviewed Journal on Muslims in Europe by BRILL to come out in Spring 2013. This special issue seeks to take up tensions in conflicting stories about and different perspectives on Europe’s history and identity that present Europe without Muslims or contrastingly portray Muslims as part of Europe’s past and present.

Under the headline “Europe with or without Muslims – narratives of Europe” we aim to bring together a number of perspectives from multiple disciplinary fields such as history, religious studies, cultural anthropology, political science and sociology in an analysis of diverging accounts and notions of Europe over time and places throughout the continent, open as well to external perspectives. The initial question thereby is, what role Islam and Muslims have played and still play in the imagining of what Europe means. (See more details on different possible themes for contributions below.)

This way we aim to direct our view at the nexus between constructions of Europe and developments within contemporary European Islam providing space both for a critical review of academic approaches and the development of new impulses for future research.

Besides empirical papers we strongly encourage theoretical papers that challenge current research on Islam and Muslims in Europe and reflect on the own position of the researchers and his or her contributions to the construction of Europe and the role and function of Islam and Muslims.

We invite papers that address one of the topics of two sessions described below. Deadline for sending your abstracts: July the 1st, 2012. Accepted participants will be notified by July 20, 2012. If your paper is accepted, you must submit the final paper (max 10,000 words inclusive of footnotes) by 20 October 2012.

Applications to submit a short paper should include: 1. Proposer’s name and affiliation, 2. a title for the paper, 3. a ca. 500 word abstract.

All abstracts and paper should be written in English.

Time frame:
Deadline for abstracts (ca. 500 words) 1.July 2012
Deadline for sending final papers  20.October 2012
Publication               15.March 2013

Paper proposals should be send electronically in Microsoft Word formats to Göran Larsson, University of Gothenburg: and Riem Spielhaus, University of Copenhagen:

For this special issue we invite papers on the narratives imagining Europe with and without Muslims analyzing contents, actors and setting of those narratives that relate to one or several of the following questions:

1. Localizing debates connecting Europe and Islam:

•     In what way are debates about Europe and its identity mentioning the European past with reference to Muslim’s presence in Europe on the local, regional, national or European Union level? How do these different levels (local, regional, national, transnational) intersect?

2. Imagining Europe without Muslims:

•    What are the main patterns of the dominant constructions of Europe’s heritage like notions of a Judaeo-Christian heritage? Where and by whom are these narratives told? To what extent are they embedded in European integration or projects of community or nation-building?

3. Narratives of Europe inclusive of Muslims:

•    In what cases is the Muslim history of Europe used as counter narrative to question the construction of Europe as a Christian continent? What groups of people insist on an imagination of Europe with Muslims? How are these narratives used to strengthen a feeling of belonging and responsibility of current Muslims?

4. Contextualizing Islam debates in European history of thought:

•    Is it possible to make any comparison between current debates about Islam and Muslims and previous debates about ties between religions and national identities e.g. different Christian denominations in early modern Europe?

5. Imagining Europe from outside:

•    How is the relationship between Europe and its Muslim inhabitants viewed beyond the Mediterranean? Do accounts of European history and presentations of the contemporary Europe from within and without bear considerable differences?

Frontiers of Fear: Immigration and Insecurity in the US and Europe

On both sides of the Atlantic, restrictive immigration policies have
been framed as security imperatives since the 1990s. This trend
accelerated in the aftermath of 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks in
Europe. In her new book, /Frontiers of Fear/, Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia
raises two central questions with profound consequences for national
security and immigration policy: First, does the securitization of
immigration issues actually contribute to the enhancement of internal
security? Second, does the use of counterterrorist measures address such
immigration issues as the increasing number of illegal immigrants, the
resilience of ethnic tensions, and the emergence of homegrown

Join us as the author questions the assumptions informing political
agendas in the United States and Europe, analyzing implementation and
evaluating the efficacy of policies in terms of their objectives.

*Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia* is a Senior Researcher with the Center for
Political Research, Sciences Po (Paris) and an Associate Professor in
the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University.
She is the author of several books, most recently /Les Frontières du
Racisme/, and coeditor of /Managing Ethnic Diversity after 9/11/ and
/Immigration, Integration and Security/.

*Jocelyne Cesari* is currently the Minerva Chair at the National Defense
University in Washington, DC, and conducts research on Islam and
democratization in the context of the Arab Spring. She is also a Senior
Visiting Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies at
John Hopkins University. At Harvard University, she directs the “Islam
in the West” International Research Program.

Call for papers: Muslims and Political Participation in Britain

This conference focuses on the involvement of Muslims in all aspects of political life in Britain with a particular emphasis on contemporary developments.

Muslims have played prominent roles at all levels of British politics and have been represented in various elected positions since Bashir Maan became a member for Glasgow City Council in 1970. Subsequent milestones have included Muslims first holding posts such as that of Lord Mayor in 1985, MP in 1997, life peer in 1998, Minister in 2007 and the first female Muslim MPs were elected in 2010. For many years the Labour party dominated politics in British Muslim communities and this relationship is still strong. Yet all the major parties now actively seek to court a Muslim electorate as evidenced by the establishment of groups such as the Conservative Muslim Forum.

Despite the impact that Muslims have had on election campaigns and their roles in various political institutions, research on this topic remains scant. Indeed, much of the existing work was couched within the broader areas of the participation of ethnic minorities or the impact of race on electoral politics. The conference hopes to address this lacuna and thereby highlight current research that deals with Muslims and political participation in Britain, whether at local, regional or national levels. It seeks to pay particular attention to how this participation has changed over recent years and identify new trends for the future, although historical reflections are also welcome.

In addition to electoral politics and representation, the conference also seeks the submission of papers on other aspects of civil society such as social movements, trade unions and NGOs as well as papers which give insights into developments in other European countries. Cross-country comparisons which include Britain would be especially welcome.

Contributions could focus on (but are not limited to) the following issues:

– Selection of Muslim candidates by political parties and attempts by parties to reach out to Muslim voters.

– Election campaigns by Muslim candidates including the role of community organisations, mosques and social networking

– Voting patterns amongst Muslim communities. Is there a ‘Muslim vote’?

– Muslim elected representatives in office.

– Community politics, bloc voting and biraderi networks

– Participation in policymaking and implementation as well as in local and national processes of governing

– Contentious politics and campaigning groups e.g. environmentalism, anti-war, global justice movements

– Attitudes to political participation and the political process

– British foreign policy and international conflicts e.g. Kashmir, Israel/Palestine

– Muslim political organisations and umbrella groups both past and present e.g. the Muslim Council of Britain, the Muslim Parliament, British Muslim Forum, British Muslims for Secular Democracy, Sufi Muslim Council, Progressive British Muslims etc.

Please send proposed abstracts of between 200 – 400 words to Dr Timothy Peace before 22nd December 2011. Proposals must include a title, your name and affiliation and an e-mail address. After the conference and following peer review, selected papers will be published in either an edited volume or a special issue of a journal.

On the evening of Friday 20th April there will be a public debate on the future of Muslim political participation, featuring a number of elected representatives including Anas Sarwar MP and Humza Yousaf MSP.

Further information about the conference and details of how to register may be found at

The conference is organised by the Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the Alwaleed Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge and the Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN).

Conference on Diversity and Islamophobia


In light of growing Islamophobic tendencies across Germany, the Bavarian Red Cross celebrated its 125th anniversary with a conference dedicated to the topics “diversity” and “Islamophobia” in Nuremberg on October 15th. The backdrop to the Red Cross’ engagement in the debate about Islamophobia is its guiding principle of promoting the respectful co-existence between immigrants and the native population. The conference, entitled “Promoting Diversity, Equality and Integration – Challenging Islamophobia in Europe”, is organized to discuss the current situation of Muslims in Europe and, according to the Bavarian Red Cross, aims to identity strategies to effectively counteract Islamophobia. The conference programme also includes the presentation of a number of practical examples from various European cities.

International Conference: “Islam and Europe: Culture, History, Politics”

8 – 9 March 2012

The Australian National University’s Centre for European Studies and
Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies will be jointly hosting an
international conference exploring the themes of Muslims in Europe and
Europe’s relations with the Muslim world.

Scholars specialising in Islamic and Middle East studies, European
studies, and the wider fields of Humanities and the Social Sciences are
invited to participate in this multidisciplinary forum. Historical
perspectives and contemporary analyses are welcome in the following areas:

– Religious and cultural diversity in Islam;
– Muslims, civil society, democracy and secularism;
– Impact of Islam in European history;
– Impact of recent events in the Middle East;
– Cultural identities and the Arts.

Professor Neal Robinson, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies

Offers for 20 minute presentations are invited for consideration by 1 September 2011.
Please send presentation title, abstract of 200 words (max.) and short
biography to

Convenors: Professor Jacqueline Lo, Centre for European Studies and
Professor Neal
Robinson, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies

Venue: Sir Roland Wilson Building, McCoy Circuit (Building 120), ANU,


Debate about Muslim prayer emerges in Eid celebrations at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Toronto Star – August 30, 2011


The debate over Muslim prayers at a Toronto school wove its way into Eid al-Fitr celebrations on at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Speaking to a crowd of more than 10,000 gathered, Jamal Badawi, a prominent author on Islam, called attempts to stop the Friday prayers at Valley Park Middle School a form of “secular fundamentalism.” Critics, including several religious groups, have condemned the school for allowing an imam to conduct prayer services for Muslim students in the cafeteria.

The festival, which includes carnival rides and a bazaar, has been organized by the Muslim Association of Canada for 26 years. Premier Dalton McGuinty made a brief appearance, thanking the attendees for their contributions to the province’s economy and culture. Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath also addressed the crowd.

6th Islamic Cultures Festival, September 7 – 17, 2011

The Islamic Cultures Institute, cultural centre in Paris, tackles the question of the artistic impact, 10 years after, of the biggest attempt on the US territory. From all the questions and analysis born from this event, the point of view of contemporary art is not very tackled nor explained.

This 6th Islamic Cultures Festival will show the vitality of the creation linked to 11.09. This ‘American season’ will deal with what art says (or lets us guess) nowadays, of the representations of Islam and the Muslim people and also its relations with the western world. 

Four seasons will be the core of the exhibition:

 Ante 11.09

 11.09.01

 Post 11.09

 11.09.11

Call for proposals for papers and discussants: Making European Muslims (Oct. 28 to 29, 2011)

*Call for proposals for papers and discussants*

*Making European Muslims:*

*Islam and the Struggle over Beliefs, Perceptions and Identities among
Children and Young People in Western Europe*

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*Two-day conference in Copenhagen, Denmark*

*Friday 28 to Saturday 29 October, 2011*

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*Organized by the Arab and Islamic Studies Unit and the Child and Youth
Unit, Aarhus University*

As states and politicians in North-Western Europe focus more and more on
the “integration” of Muslim populations, the religion of Islam becomes
ever more controversial. While the focus of attention is often
elsewhere, it is among children and young people that the struggle over
the making of Europe’s Muslim citizens is most intense. Although some
European Muslim children attend private schools catering to students of
Muslim background, most attend public schools operated by the states in
which they reside, and it is in these schools, above all, that religious
beliefs, perceptions and identities are contested and constructed. The
conference explores the processes and interests involved and their outcomes.

Previous studies have pointed out the importance of Islam as an identity
marker and as a common point of reference for schoolchildren with
minority backgrounds. Less attention, however, has been paid to ways in
which Islam is constructed in changing social, intellectual and cultural
contexts, and how boundaries between religion and culture are negotiated
and shifted. These, along with the construction of identities, are among
the focal points of the conference. For further information, see .

Muslims of Europe: Perspectives on Gender and Relgion 27-28 January 2011

International Conference
27-28 January 2011
Facoltà di Scienze Politiche
Sala Poeti, Strada Maggiore 45, Bologna
Gender, Migration and Intercultural Interactions
in the Mediterranean and South East Europe
(European Commission FP7 project)
Dipartimento di Politica, Istituzioni, Storia Swedish Research Council
Stefano Allievi, Schirin Amir-Moazami, Raffaella Baritono, Gaia Giuliani,
Nilüfer Göle, Jeanette Jouili, Helen Kambouri, Pia Karlsson Minganti,
Laura Lanzillo, Angela Liberatore, Mila Mancheva, Sandro Mezzadra,
Vincenzo Pace, Renata Pepicelli, Anne Sofie Roald,
Evgenia Troeva-Grigorova, Stefano Zan
Sandro Mezzadra, Pia Karlsson Minganti, Renata Pepicelli (University of Bologna)