Discourse on Islam and Muslims is everywhere: from media to academia, from dinner table conversations to heated exchanges in parliaments; in the figures of refugees, terrorists, veiled women and many others it pervades contemporary debates in a way that no other topic does.
Nuanced and differentiated accounts of the everyday life, as it is led by those at the heart of the contentious discourse on Islam, are of desperate need in order to confront orientalist and patronizing stereotypes, to counter cultural appropriations, and to balance suggestive ascriptions that dominate public discourse about Islam and Muslims, both in Europe and abroad.
Against this background, the BGSMCS contributions combines reflections on both the chances that arise from the immense cultural, visual, geographical, political and socio-historical diversity of those societies in which Islam is a shaping force, and the pitfalls and methodological problems that come with conducting research in this field. We aim at making the audience familiar with our scientific trajectories.
PROGRAMM (Deutsch / Englisch)
17.00−23.00 Uhr Ausstellung (KL 29, Foyer Hörsäle)
- The Politics of Studying Muslim Cultures and Societies: Twenty selected research projects by graduate fellows of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies from different disciplines are presented in a poster exhibition, with members of the Graduate School being present to answer questions, deepen information and engage with visitors on the presented works.
17.00−0.00 Uhr Mitmachkurs (KL 29, im Foyer neben KL 29/135)
- Kids Activities: Stelle Dein eigenes Lesezeichen in verschiedenen Sprachen und Schriften wie Arabisch, Persisch und Urdu her.
19.00−20.00 Uhr Podiumsdiskussion (Raum KL 29/135)
- Research in a Minefield: Challenges, Ethical Concerns, and Academic Omissions: In an open panel discussion several doctoral researchers at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies discuss their difficulties in the field, engage with issues of working ethics and moral ambiguities, and reflect the field access to war torn or autocratic countries. Short inputs, which combine accounts of daily life as a PhD student in Berlin with field reports from abroad, aim at introducing the audience to certain pivotal questions faced by doctoral students conducting research in and on Muslim cultures and societies. The ensuing open discussion is moderated by Professor Dr Schirin Amir-Moazami (Institute for Islamic Studies): a. Zubair Ahmad: “Questioning academia too: of disciplinary closures and disciplined researchers”, b. Jannis Grimm: “Research under the gun: investigating Egypt in times of repression”, c. Miriam Kurz: “Muslim masculinities and research ethics: access to a field under public scrutiny”, d. Mareike Transfeld: “In and out of Yemen: field research while a state is failing” (Moderation: Prof. Dr. Schirin Amir-Moazami).
Ort: Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin (Rostlaube)
Hausnr.: 5 auf Lageplan
Zeit: 17.00−0.00 Uhr