“Muslims and Political Participation in Europe”: Copenhagen, April 21-22, 2010

The international conference is jointly organized by The EURISLAM Network, based at the University of Strasbourg (http://www.eurislam.info/index_EN.html) and The Centre for European Islamic Thought (CEIT), based at the University of Copenhagen (http://www.teol.ku.dk/english/dept/ceit_eng/).

The conference will take place Wednesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 22, 2010 in Copenhagen and will focus on the following overlapping and interlocking issues. (Note: these are not to be understood as exclusive of/from related themes):

1. The processes and realities of Muslim participation in local and national politics: Voting patterns and representation in local and national assemblies; the place of Islam as an identifying factor – do candidates highlight or marginalize their ‘Muslimness’ (and what is
‘Muslim’ in this context?); the relationship between Muslim and ethnic identities in the political processes.

2. Internal Muslim debates about political participation in Europe: Attitudes of Muslims to the democratic processes; views for and against political participation in non-Muslim society; who can/should represent Muslims, or are there other priorities?

3. Public discourses about Muslim participation; political participation as a method or consequence of integration; state policies regarding Muslim political participation; relationship between participation and citizenship; is Muslim participation welcomed or contingent on privatizing the faith?

Scholars wishing to present a paper should send an abstract and a brief CV to the address below as soon as possible and not later than 1 February 2010 to the address below. The abstract will be reviewed by colleagues at Copenhagen and Strasbourg and a response will be sent as soon as possible. Authors of accepted papers will have the costs of their accommodation in Copenhagen covered but will need to cover their own travel costs.

Paper abstracts and CVs should be sent to:
Prof. Jørgen S. Nielsen: [email protected]

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