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EMERGING URBANITIES LUNCH SEMINARS: Anouk De Koning -Echoes of race in Amsterdam


October 13, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


UNI Rokkan senteret (6 etg)

Nygårdsgaten 5

5015 Bergen, Norway

In this talk, I will discuss how racialized discourses on multicultural failure and the trouble with the children of migrants is taken up and contested in multicultural Amsterdam. Like in other Western European countries, multiculturalism backlash discourses have dominated public debates in the Netherlands since the 1990s. I ask how people who are framed as part of the problem engage the moral imperatives of such backlash discourses and the anxieties they broadcast. Amsterdam’s Diamantbuurt provides a good vantage point for such an exploration since the neighbourhoods’ unruly Moroccan-Dutch young men have played an important role in Dutch backlash discourses. How do Moroccan-Dutch Diamantbuurt residents, who are closely identified with these iconic bad guys, negotiate the dominant narrative regarding their neighbourhood? This article demonstrates that for these residents, the anxieties articulated in backlash discourses become the grounds for an anxious grappling with abjectness and identification.

Anouk de Koning is assistant professor in Anthropology and Development Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is the author of Global Dreams: Class, Gender and Public Space in Cosmopolitan Cairo (AUC Press, 2009) and, with Rivke Jaffe, Introducing Urban Anthropology (Routledge, 2016)


IMER LUNCH SEMINAR: Marte Knag Fylkesnes – From the parents point of view: Child welfare and social justice in Norway


December 1, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


UNI Rokkan senteret (6 etg)

Nygårdsgaten 5

5015 Bergen, Norway

Child welfare services in Norway are currently internationally debated. A key question relates to multicultural challenges, whether services are sensitive to cultural differences and ethnic minority families specific challenges. As part of a larger research project, we interviewed parents with refugee backgrounds about their experiences of contact with child welfare services in Norway. Despite parents describing both positive and negative experiences, and trust as well as distrust, we found that fear of the child welfare services was a central theme. The paper will focus on the representations of the child welfare services that fear was related to. The theoretical framework will be Axel Honneth and Nancy Fraser’s understandings of recognition and social justice.

Marte Knag Fylkesnes is a PhD student, working at the HEMIL-center UiB. In her thesis she discusses multicultural challenges in relation to the Norwegian child welfare system, from the perspective of service users.



Special issues

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of  REVISTA MIGRACIONES

(University Institute of Studies on Migrations, UPCO)


Research methodologies with migrant families, children and youth in diverse contexts

Academic coordinators: Rosa Mas Giralt (University of Leeds), Martha Montero-Sieburth (University of Amsterdam), and Joaquin Eguren (Pontifical University of Comillas, Madrid).


Research on the processes and experiences of incorporation of migrant families and their children (the so called 1.5 and/or 2nd generation) has increasingly attracted the attention of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and from countries in the Global South and North. Undertaking this type of research may require departing from traditional methodologies employed to study group dynamics of integration or (segmented) assimilation, and adopt instead approaches that can capture the everyday life experiences of migrant families (and different generation participants) and their processes of social, cultural and psychological adaptation in increasingly diverse societies. These approaches may entail, for example, using person-centred techniques such as visual, creative or narrative methods or participatory approaches which can bring to the fore young and adult participants’ own perspectives, or tools which can assist in understanding the psychological dimensions of processes of acculturation across dominant and non-dominant population groups.

Although literatures considering these methodologies (from a range of disciplines) are well developed, there is a need for further insights into the practical and ethical challenges and benefits of using these types of approaches when working with later generation children and young people and their families in diverse contexts. This special issue aims to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on these types of research practices and therefore invites contributions that consider both theoretical and ethical aspects of everyday life methodologies, but also practical issues of access, recruitment of participant families and later generation children and the types of barriers or challenges found ‘in the field’.  Some areas of interest are (but are not limited to):

Methodological challenges of designing and devising person-centred tools for research, comparison or evaluation with later generation young people and their families

Issues encountered when trying to gain access to families and young people who have not commonly participated in studies and for which they may be primary and exploratory sources

Practical issues that arise from accessing ‘hard-to-reach’ families and children (e.g. migrant populations that may appear ‘invisible’ due to their socio-economic characteristics, status or ‘statistical  invisibility’)

Theoretical/ethical issues that arise from working with and across family groups when using participatory and/or innovative methods (e.g. drawings, vignettes, children’s role plays, etc.)

Ethical and reflective practices of working with the families of later generation young people

Cross-cultural issues, experiences and reflections from the interaction between researchers and young and adult participants.


Submission Procedure

Articles should be submitted in full and have a maximum length of 8,000 words including references, tables and graphs (Microsoft Word document, Times New Roman font 12pt, 1.5 line space). Articles have to be original and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. They must be written in English and must meet the editorial requirements of the journal Migraciones – please see Authors’ Guidelines at the end of this document.

The academic coordinators of the special issue will pre-select the articles to be put forward for full peer review. Articles will be selected according to their compatibility with the special issue's focus and concordance with its thematic coverage and its diversity of perspectives/disciplines. The Academic coordinators are the last responsible for final acceptance of manuscripts.


Please submit your paper to:  by 1st of December 2015. Please also use this email to send any questions you may have. All authors will be informed of the outcome of the pre-selection process by 15th January 2016.

Timeline of the special Issue

This special issue will be an extraordinary number of the journal Migraciones which will be published in English and online in September 2016. Main deadlines:

15th July 2015: Launch of Call for Papers.

1st December 2015: Closing date for submission of papers.

15th January 2016: Completion of pre-selection of papers to be sent for peer review. All authors to be informed of the outcome of the pre-selection process. 

15th May 2016: Completion of peer review evaluation for all pre-selected papers. Authors to be informed of the outcome of the peer review process and of any request for revisions.

15th June 2016: Submission of final papers to be published in September 2016.


Authors’ Guidelines

Title, author name(s) and a brief biographical note on each author should be typed on a separate page. An abstract of 150 words should accompany article submissions. Authors should provide up to five keywords.

Format of References in Text:

All references to monographs, articles, and statistical sources are to be identified at an appropriate point in the text by last name of author, year of publication, and pagination where appropriate, all within parentheses (Harvard referencing system).

Footnotes are to be used only for substantive observations.

Specify subsequent citations of the same source in the same way as the first one; please do not use ibid., op cit., or loc cit.

When the author's name appears in the text: Cachón (1999). When the author's name is not in the text: (Cachón, 1999).

Pagination follows year of publication: (Zapata-Barrero, 2005:61-64).

For more than three authors, use et al. (Massey et al., 2002). For institutional authorship, supply mínimum identification from the beginning of the complete citation: (Instituto Nacional de Estadística, 2009).

With more than one reference to an author in the same year, distinguish them by use of letters (a, b) attached to year of publication: (Pajares, 2010a:311)

Enclose a series of references within a single pair of parentheses, separated by semicolon: (Izquierdo, 2002; Gualda, 2005; Checa and Arjona, 2007).

Format of Reference List:

List all items alphabetically by author and, within author(s), by year of publication beginning with the most recent year, in an appendix entitled, "REFERENCES".

For multiple author or editor listings (more than two), provide all authors.

Use italics for titles of books and journals. For example:

CACHÓN, L. (1999): Prevenir el racismo en el trabajo en España. Madrid, Ministerio de Trabajo.

MONSIVÁIS, A. (2004): “Avances administrativos y desafíos político-culturales”. Frontera Norte (Mexico), 31, pp. 101-130.

Tables, graphs and figures: Each Table, Graph and Figure should have a self-contained title and should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are cited. Tables, Graphs and Figures should be provided in Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word format.



Call for Workshop Proposals

The 18th Nordic Migration Conference in Oslo


Nordic Migration Research invites proposals for workshops to be held during the 18th Nordic Migration conference, which will take place University of Oslo, Norway August 11-12, 2016. We invite proposals for either single-session workshops or double-session workshops, each session lasting 1,5 hours. Single-session workshops should include 3-4 presentations, while double-session workshops should include 6-8 paper presentations. We welcome thematic workshop proposals from across all disciplinary fields focusing on a wide range of topics that are relevant for scholars of international migration and ethnic relations. Workshop organizers will in cooperation with the conference organizing committee be responsible for selecting which papers will be presented in each workshop. Deadline for workshop proposals is November 15th 2015.

To propose a workshop, contact Melina Røe <>

About the conference:

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Min Zhou, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr Ruben Andersson, London School of Economics and Political Science

Professor Tjitske Akkerman, University of Amsterdam


Global inequalities between countries and regions in terms of income, security, rights, and living conditions are today driving increasing numbers of people into crossing international borders in search of personal safety, economic opportunities and better future prospects. At the same time, social inequality is sharply on the rise within societies across the globe, as traditional structures of work and welfare are rearranged and/or dismantled. In an increasingly globalized world, boundaries of class, nationality, ethnicity, gender and legal statuses are intersecting in new ways, giving rise to changing and new dimensions of inequality within and between both migrant sending and migrant receiving societies. In this conference we wish to explore the diverse links between international migration and social inequality, in a Nordic, European and global context. We invite scholars from across disciplinary boundaries to engage in a discussion of how these changes can be conceptualized and studied, from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives. Contributions are welcomed that reflect on how economic, political, cultural and social factors in origin and destination countries affect migration and shape diverse societies. We welcome papers which discuss how issues such as global inequalities, states policies, legal frameworks, media discourses and cultural boundaries shape the dynamics of migration and migrants’ everyday experiences.



ECPR/SGEU Conference in Trento, 16-18 June 2016 – Call for Papers

Title: Understanding EU responses towards crises and conflicts


The EU’s neighborhood is fraught with crises and conflicts, which range from the violent civil wars in Syria, Libya, and Ukraine, the rise of the Islamic State and the more entrenched situations of Israel-Palestine, Morocco-Western Sahara, Nagorno-Karabakh just to mention a few. Migration flows, including the recent refugee crisis, are also issues that the EU has to face on the international stage. And if we move beyond the neighborhood, conflicts in Africa, the instability in Afghanistan and Iraq and environmental disasters around the world force the EU to act.

While a lot has been said about the divergent interests of EU member states, the lack of instruments or of political willingness as well as solidarity, less is known about the ways in which the EU constructs its understanding of crises and conflicts, which actors participate in these processes of framing and knowledge construction and how these factors shape EU actions. Instead of moving backwards from outcomes towards assuming the motives and logics driving EU responses, it is thus important to investigate the processes that shape these responses.

Against this backdrop, the panel aims to investigate how the EU responds to crisis events and conflict situations and what factors shape these (policy) responses. In particular, some of the possible questions that can be addressed by contributors are:

·      How does the EU make sense of and frames crises and conflicts?

·      What actors contribute to the processes of framing and knowledge construction?

·      What different types of knowledge emerge through these processes?

·      Under what conditions does policy learning take place?

·      Under what conditions does knowledge travel across cases?

·      When do crises lead to policy change and when does continuity persist? And what factors explain this (lack of) change?


The panel(s) is strongly committed to theoretical, epistemological and methodological pluralism. Paper abstracts of maximum 300 words should be submitted to Leila Hadj Abdou  (<>) and Benedetta Voltolini (<>) by the 10th October 2015. Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information.


CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference

The Multicultural Question in a Mobile World

7 - 8 April 2016, European University Institute, Florence  

Papers’ Submission Deadline: 15 October 2015

A Call for Papers has been issued for the International Conference on The Multicultural Question in a Mobile World that will take place at the European University Institute in Florence on 7 and 8 April 2015.


Applications  must be submitted electronically by 15 October 2015.

All relevant details are available here :


CALL FOR PAPERS “Islam on the Prairies”

University of Saskatchewan and the Frances Morrison Public Library in

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 13-14, 2016.

The Islamic Studies Research Group at the University of Saskatchewan, in

collaboration with St. Thomas More College invites paper proposals for

its first conference “Islam on the Prairies.”


Keynote speakers are: 

Dr. Ingrid Mattson  (London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic

Studies at Huron University College, Western University)

Zarqa Nawaz  (Creator of Little Mosque on the Prairies; author of

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque)

The second day of the conference will also include a public discussion of the roles of religious communities in modern society, an interfaith dialogue panel from representatives around the city, and presentations by The Star Phoenix, CBC Saskatchewan, Saskatoon City Police, and Saskatoon NGOs. We welcome scholars from a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines to submit their 350-words abstract that fall within the following topics:

1.     Islam, Pluralism, and Diversity in the Canadian context;

2.     Islamic law, rituals, and ethics in everyday life of Muslim Canadians;

3.     Mosques and Muslim Canadian institutions;

4.     Off-line and on-line public spheres for Muslim Canadians;

5.     Prairie/Canadian identity and Islam;

6.     Religious accommodation in the work place;

7.     Gender issues among Muslim Canadians;

8.     New Canadian Legislation (Bill C-24, Bill C-51) and its implications for Muslims.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for 20-minute presentations is 30 October 2015 (submitted electronically to ). Your abstract should contain your name, email, and institutional affiliation directly after the title of your presentation. Notice of acceptance will be sent within two weeks from the abstract deadline submission date.

Authors interested in publication of their papers in the conference proceedings should submit their final papers by January 15th electronically to The papers should be in MS Word format, and no more than 7,000 words in length. Paper acceptance in the proceedings will be announced by January 30th, 2016.

Registration fee is C$110 for the presenter and academic participants, (including conference proceedings), C$30 for students, and C$10 for community participants (valid only on the second day). Students and other participants may purchase conference proceedings on site for C$10.

Registration fees should be sent by personal check issued to Department of Linguistics and Religious Studies, University of Saskatchewan. Please send your registration fees (personal check) accompanied by a note with your presentation title, your name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation, in an envelope, by post. Please address the envelope with your check and an accompanying note to:

Fachrizal Halim

Department of Linguistics and Religious Studies

Arts Building, 910-9 Campus Drive,

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK,  S7N5A5.


Call for abstracts - 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna -  RC22 panel 

Religion, Gender, and the Internet

Session Organizer(s)

Emma TOMALIN, University of Leeds, United Kingdom,

Caroline STARKEY, University of Leeds, United Kingdom,

Anna HALAFOFF, Deakin University, Australia,

There is an emerging literature on women, religion and the Internet investigating a wide range of virtual interactions in different contexts. The internet is a gendered social space where the inequalities and prejudices within religions in the offline world can be both reinforced and challenged. To what extent does “digital religion” offer a “third space” where traditional authority structures can be challenged in ways that might not be possible in the offline environment (Hoover and Echchaibi, 2012)? Or does the fact of the digital divide mean that access to the Internet is skewed in favour of literate women in economically privileged positions with access to modern technologies?

We will explore, and encourage submissions on, case studies about religious and/or spiritual womens’ digital networks, practices and activism. Is there something new or distinctive about online feminist religious and/or spiritual engagement? How is the Internet being used in radicalisation of women and also in deradicalisation strategies? And what methods and theories are applicable for researching women and “digital religion”?

For further information on the RC22 panels go to 

To submit an abstract go to

The deadline is September 30th 2015. If you have any queries please contact Emma Tomalin <>


Call for panels and papers BRAIS 2016 - Third Annual Conference

Following BRAIS’s successful conferences in Edinburgh (April 2014) and London (April 2015), the organisers invite proposals for whole panels or individual papers on any aspect or sub-discipline of Islamic Studies, for the Third Annual Conference of BRAIS. Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts as well as historical, textual, contemporary anthropological and sociological approaches.

Pre-arranged panels are particularly welcome on themes within the subject area, such as:

·     Qur’anic studies

·      Sociology of Islam

·      Law

·      Muslims in Britain/Europe/North America and other minority contexts

·      History, Medieval and Modern

·      History of Science

·      Philosophy and theology

·      Muslims in Africa and Asia

·      Intellectual History

·      Islamic Art and Architecture

·      Diversity within Islam

·      Economics and Finance

·      Education

·      Gender Studies

·      Islam in the Media

·      Interreligious Relations

Individual proposals will also be considered, and, if accepted, will then be grouped with similar submissions by the conference organisers. 

For panels, a 200-word outline of the theme of the panel, together with 200-word abstracts of each paper and a short biography of each presenter, should be submitted using the form which is available HERE.

For individual papers, a 200-word abstract of the paper, with a short biography of the presenter, should be submitted using the form which is available HERE.

All completed forms should be sent by email attachment to by 5pm (UK time) on Monday 30th November 2015.

Notification of accepted panels and papers will be circulated in January 2016.

Further details about the Association, including how to join, can be found at Registration for the conference will open in February 2016, and early registration is recommended as limited space is available.  The deadline for registration for the conference will be 5 pm (UK time) on Monday 21 March 2016.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee on: or the BRAIS administrator on:


Call for abstract for Conference on Religion and (In)security in Africa

to be held in July 04-08 2016. Deadline for abstracts submissions is on November 30 2015 (lenke til pdf)


International conference at the National Library of Norway: 11 November 2015

Nordic Whiteness - Export of and Assimilation into the Ideal in a Comparative Historical Perspective

 The conference will study the historical transformation and transatlantic travel of the cultural myth of ‘Nordic whiteness.’ The notion will be addressed as a part of migration studies. We will bring together two historical cases: 19th and 20th century emigration from the Nordic countries to the USA and contemporary immigration to ‘Norden.’ We will study Nordic whiteness as an export ‘commodity’ and an ideal to be integrated into. How did Nordic whiteness become a weapon for both ‘conquering’ a new territory and ‘defending’ an old one? Is it articulated differently when it is ‘brought’ or when one is confronted with whiteness as a sign of nativeness? In addition, we will trace the development of Nordic whiteness over time and look at how it has been transformed from an open to a hidden mechanism of power. Is whiteness always integrated into democratic structures, be they emerging or developed and successful democracies?

We will approach whiteness as a cultural construct and a symbol of privilege. The spectrum of connotations associated with this notion is rich and linked to progress, development, decency and morality. Whiteness studies became influential in the US in the late 20th century, inspired by David Roediger’s seminal study The Wages of Whiteness (1991). At the center of attention was the call for a more ‘race’-sensitive history of labor movement. Feminist studies uncovered the way in which whiteness was functioning as an invisible marker of feminist movement, as well (Frankenberg, 1993).

Recurring groups of immigrants in the US remade themselves into a race-conscious part of the working class and politics. Integral to this process toward a white constructed politics and identity was the immigrants’ ability to accept American notions of social hierarchy, which placed whites above blacks in the struggle for power. Research has been done on how the ‘new’ immigrants from southern and eastern Europe were ‘in-between people’ – that is, neither entirely white nor entirely black. However, whiteness has been understudied in relation to immigrants from the Nordic countries. Research on ’Nordic experiences of immigration into America have normally depicted the immigrants in terms of the struggles and deprivation they faced in the new country. We will shed new light on Nordic immigration to the US and ask whether being white actually helped Nordic immigrants integrate into the race, gender and class hierarchies of American society.

To enable a comparison in time and in relation to the ‘in-out’ dimension, we will look at the contemporary integration process of different migrants in the Nordic countries. Must they adjust to the unspoken ideal of Nordic whiteness in their new countries of residence, which become increasingly defined by multiple inequalities? Does being/becoming Danish, Finnish, Norwegian or Swedish imply being ‘recruited’ into whiteness? And has whiteness become associated with equality, progressiveness and democracy? 

Some of the speakers and topics are:

·      Allyson Hobbs, Stanford University, History Department, USA:“A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life”

·      Catrin Lundström, University of Linköping, Sweden: “Embodying exoticism: Swedish women and Nordic Whiteness in the US”

·      Prof. em. Odd Lovoll, Saint Olaf College, Minnesota, USA: “In the American Matrix. Norwegians in Chicago in the Nineteenth Century” 

For full program and registration, please follow the link:



Measures of Control: Managing Migration in the 21. Century

Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) and IMISCOE jointly organize a conference on controlling migration, University of Copenhagen, 18-19. February 2016

Keynote lectures: Adrian Favell (University of Leeds) and Sarah Fine (King’s College London)

 In response to increasing and new patterns of migration, policies of control are increasingly proposed and implemented in Europe and elsewhere.  This includes efforts to control numbers of immigrants and in particular the composition of the immigrant group, but also efforts to impact the political, social and cultural integration of immigrants once they have arrived in destination societies. This conference theorizes control, including its forms, manifestations and limits. Contributions may address (but are not restricted to):

·      Border controls, the externalization of border controls, and the technologies used to monitor and restrict migration

·      The rise and significance of migration industries, including the outsourcing of control to private companies

·      Incentives and disincentives – measures and technologies used to attract and keep out migrants

·      The refugee crisis and efforts to control and manage the influx in Europe

·      Efforts to prevent radicalization, including restrictions on the right of exit (e.g. to go fight in Syria)

·      Experiences of loss of control and xenophobia

·      Policies to impact the behaviour of immigrants, including their political, social and cultural integration

·      Conflicts between control and liberal rights in the aftermath of the Paris and Copenhagen killings



Thursday 18. February

16.00-16.30   Registration and coffee

16.30-18.00   Keynote lecture by Adrian Favell (University of Leeds)

18.00-19.00   Reception

Friday 19. February

9.00-12.00     Guided tour of multi-ethnic Nørrebro

12.00-13.00   Lunch

13.00-14.30   Parallel sessions

14.30-15.00 Coffee

15.00-16.30 Parallel sessions

16.45-18.15   Keynote lecture by Sarah Fine (King’s College London)

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to The deadline for submissions is 15. October 2015. By 2. November you will be informed of whether your paper has been accepted. The maximum number of accepted papers is 60.

Read more here:



PhD Fellowship in Law

1 position as PhD Research Fellow (SKO 1017) is available at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law. The PhD fellowship will be part of the research project “Transnationalism from above and below: Migration management and how migrants manage (MIGMA)”. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and headed by Prof. May-Len Skilbrei at the University of Oslo. MIGMA starts up in the fall of 2015 and runs for four years. UiO’s partners in the project are the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen (UiB).

The fellowship is for a period of up to 4 years, with teaching constituting 25 % of the workload. Alternatively for 3 years without any teaching duties. A 4-year fellowship requires the candidate to meet current teaching needs at the Department. The fellowship period may be reduced within the framework of pertaining regulations based on previously held research fellowship positions.

The position requires that the person who is hired participates in the Faculty of Law’s organised research education programme (PhD programme). The purpose of the Fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The selected candidates will automatically be admitted to the faculty’s PhD programme. To be able to successfully perform this task, we believe the candidate must:

Have a master's degree in Law (or equivalent). The master's thesis must have received a top grade. Please read about the requirements for admission to the PhD programme here.

Be able to read, write and speak English fluently

Be analytically oriented

Be able to work in and contribute to a multidisciplinary environment


The applicants for the PhD position must submit a five page project proposal describing how the PhD project will contribute towards the aim of exploring the legality of return in a comparative perspective in line with the description found here: 


Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies (tenure-track) - University of North Carolina, Charlotte

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Islamic Studies to begin August 2016. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field at the time of appointment, show evidence of a strong potential for professional development as a scholar and teacher, and demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity as a value in the department and college. Applicants must be prepared to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Religious Studies as well as the university's general education program. To do so, applicants must be able to engage Islamic texts and traditions from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Time period and region of research specialization are open. Ability to supervise study in Arabic or other research languages is desired but not required.

The successful candidate will contribute to the significant interest in Islamic Studies elsewhere in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, such as in Anthropology; Global, International, and Area Studies; History; and Languages and Culture Studies. The College has been building expertise in this area, and this hire will be one of three in a thematic cluster on Islamic Studies, along with two others in the Department of History and the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. This position will have its tenure home in the Department of Religious Studies, which employs 11 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members. The department grants both B.A. and M.A. degrees. Religious Studies is part of the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, and military sciences, as well as 24 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 34 master's degrees and graduate certificates and 34 undergraduate degrees. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral-extensive urban university committed to excellence in research and teaching. As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. Screening of applications will begin October 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Applications must be made electronically at and should include a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample not to exceed 30 pages. Three letters of recommendation should be mailed separately, addressed to J. Daniel White, Chair, Islamic Studies Search Committee, Department of Religious Studies, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223. Informal inquiries can be directed to the department chair, Joanne Robinson, at



Assistant Professor, Ottoman and Turkish Studies - McGill University

McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies

Ottoman and Turkish Studies

The Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, seeks to fill a tenure-stream position in Ottoman and Turkish Studies. Applications are welcome from scholars in all disciplines, who work on any aspect of the Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey, or Turkic Central Asia. Applicants whose research focuses on women, gender, and sexuality are especially encouraged to apply. In general, the committee is interested in receiving applications from scholars who adopt innovative and theoretically informed approaches to their areas of specialization. The ability to teach graduate-level courses using primary source material in the original language is required; ability to contribute to the Institute’s Ottoman/Turkish language program is desirable. Knowledge of French is an asset. Appointment is expected to be at the rank of Assistant Professor, but appointment at a higher rank is possible under exceptional circumstances. Starting date: August 1, 2016.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and a complete CV, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent from the referees’ institutional email accounts, to the following website: Informal inquiries may be directed to Mr. Andrew Staples, the Institute’s Administrative Officer, at Further information about the Institute of Islamic Studies can be found at

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application deadline: November 15, 2015.



Assistant Professor - Islam and Modernity

University of Toronto, Canada

Deadline: November 1, 2015

 More information:



Assistant Professor of Religion (Islam)

Vassar College, NY, USA

Deadline: October 9, 2015

More information:



LAST CALL for 2015/16 PhD Scholarships, Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University

 We have two remaining fully-funded Jameel Scholarships on offer for our PhD programme at the Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University.  Closing date for applications: 30th September.  These scholarships can be taken up in January, April or July 2016.  Details on how to apply are here:


For informal enquiries, please email:

Assistant Professor in Social Theory and Religion in Modernity - University of Alabama

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of Social Theory and Religion in Modernity beginning August 2016. At the time of hire, a Ph.D. is required; advanced ABD candidates will also be considered. The committee welcomes applications from candidates with academic training in religious studies, but will also entertain training in such related fields as cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, race studies, comparative literature, and interdisciplinary studies, as long as expertise in studying and teaching social theory as applied to the study of religion and modernity is evident. The position is a full-time appointment in Religious Studies.

The successful applicant’s area of focus/specialty will complement and enhance the research areas of the Department, in terms of both data domain and critical method. The specific topics/regions of research and teaching are open but each will demonstrate the application of social theory to understand religion’s role in modernity (being broadly conceived as a post-18th century development) The successful candidate will see her or his object of study as an example of wider, cross-cultural socio-political forces and issues. Possible sites for this kind of approach might include (but are not limited to): colonialism and postcolonialism, secularism, the Global South, formations of the modern nation-state, identity studies, liberalism, and economic theory.

Applicants should demonstrate an active and ongoing research agenda, teaching experience, and evidence of the ability to contribute to the life of an academic department in the areas of service. All faculty in REL contribute to teaching introductory courses as well as more specialized upper-level undergraduate seminars.

The University of Alabama is an Equal Employment/Equal Educational Opportunity Institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against because of their protected status. Applicants to and employees of this institution are protected under Federal law from discrimination on several bases. Follow the link below to find out more.

 “EEO is the Law”

Review of applications will begin on October 1. Applicants are required to apply online, submitting a cover letter, C.V., writing sample (upload to “other document 1” tab), and names/addresses of three references (upload to “other document 2” tab). Selected applicants will subsequently be asked to provide letters of recommendation.

 For information, please contact

Professor Merinda Simmons, Chair, Modern Social Theory Search

Department of Religious Studies, 212 Manly Hall

P.O. Box 870264, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0264



Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display


Peggy Levitt University of California Press (


By some estimates, one out of every seven people in the world today is an international or internal migrant. Our cities are increasingly diverse—people from over 184 countries call London home. So how do we learn to get along? Museums have always played a leading role in creating national citizens. In today’s global world do they also create global citizens who engage actively with diversity next door and across the world? Artifacts and Allegiances takes us around the world to tell the compelling story of how today's museums are making sense of immigration and globalization. Based on firsthand conversations with museum directors, curators, and policymakers; descriptions of current and future exhibitions; and the inside stories about the famous paintings and iconic objects that define collections, this work provides a close-up view of how different kinds of institutions balance nationalism and cosmopolitanism. By comparing museums in Europe, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East, Levitt's accounts tells the fascinating story of a sea change underway in the museum world at large.


Britain Through Muslim Eyes: Literary Representations, 1780−1988. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan  (2015)

The Muslim as a cultural category has come under increasing, most often hostile, scrutiny in Euro−America over the last four decades or so. As a result, the field of Muslim literary studies has emerged to shine a spotlight on the exciting body of literature by authors of Muslim heritage writing back to Islamophobic stereotypes. However, this academic oeuvre too often assumes that this literature is a contemporary, broadly post-9/11 phenomenon. In this important book, Claire Chambers takes a long view of depictions of Britain by writers from Muslim backgrounds. The book's first half focuses on travel and life writing from the eighteenth to the mid twentieth centuries by authors such as Mirza Sheikh I'tesamuddin, Najaf Koolee Meerza, and Atiya Fyzee. In the second half, she trains her critical gaze on the long tradition of fictional representations, from Ahmad Fāris al-Shidyāq's Leg Over Leg (1855) to Ahdaf Soueif's Aisha (1983) and Abdulrazak Gurnah's Pilgrims Way (1988). Chambers argues that the Rushdie affair has been more of a turning point on perceptions of and by Muslims in Britain than 9/11. Her next book in this two-part series, Muslim Representations of Britain, 1988−Present, will therefore start with discussion of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses (1988) and move to examination of the long shadow this text has cast on subsequent Muslim literary representations.




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