Network Partners

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In keeping with the remit of the AHRC Research Networks and Workshops Scheme we have established links with the following groups and institutions:

ISIM, The Netherlands

The International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) conducts and promotes interdisciplinary research on social, political, cultural, and intellectual trends and movements in contemporary Muslim societies and communities. ISIM's research approaches are expressly interdisciplinary and comparative, covering a large geographic range, which includes North Africa, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and Muslim communities in the West. Broad in scope, ISIM brings together all areas of disciplinary expertise in anthropology, sociology, religious studies, political science, and cultural studies.

Among the publications of the ISIM are the ISIM Review and the ISIM Papers Series. The ISIM Review contains articles by researchers from all over the world as well as ISIM and other academic news. The ISIM Papers contain lectures by leading scholars at various ISIM events. In addition to organizing academic meetings, the ISIM has developed an outreach programme of public debates in conjunction with various cultural institutions.

Professor Annelies Moors, ISIM Chair at the University of Amsterdam, contributed to the inaugural Framing Muslims event on September 8th 2007.

CADIS, Paris

Founded in 1981, CADIS is a sociological research laboratory that combines research in a wide range of areas with an integrated intellectual approach to research. At its inception, the Centre was structured around three major programmatic objectives—historical, theoretical, and methodological—by a small team of researchers.

In the past few years, a distinctive aspect has definitely been the Center’s direct involvement in some of the more important issues of our time. The research that has been carried out abroad (on post-Communist countries as well as on Iran, Japan, and Latin America) and within France (on issues such as racism, citizenship, immigration, urban issues, education, the media, or health care) is indicative of the Centre’s international orientation, as well as of its strong presence within the crucial issues and debates of contemporary societies.

Professor Eric Mace, Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, has contributed to the Framing Muslims seminar series on November 22nd 2007.

Working Group for the Study of Transnational networks, University of California, Irvine

The study of representation, race and Muslims is a key area of interest for this group which is co-chaired by Professor Inderpal Grewal.

Inderpal Grewal, Professor of Women’s Studies, UC, Irvine, participated in the inaugural framing Muslims workshop on September 8th 2007.

The Center for Religion and Media, New York University

This is one of ten Centers of Excellence funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts from 2003–2007. The Center continues with an endowment from NYU to stimulate innovative research and teaching in the interdisciplinary study of religion. The Center’s goal is to develop and broaden interdisciplinary and cross-cultural scholarship, pedagogy, and public knowledge of religion and media at New York University. While this project was conceived before September 11, that event and its aftermath have dramatized the need for understanding the spread of religious ideas and practices through a variety of media.

Each year the center focuses on a specific theme, hosting several Working Groups and planning public events that will illuminate its issues. The theme for 2006–2007 was Secularization, Media and the Globalization of Religion. A range of challenges to "secularism" emerging in contemporary forms of religious community and identity position themselves within and against secular regimes associated with modernity. We explored various media through which these challenges are mounted, pursued, and performed, and through which they acquire social weight. The theme for 2007–2008 is Religion and the Politics of Culture.

Network Postcolonial Germany and Britain

This informal academic network was founded in 2005 with the aim of investigating different aspects of (Post)Colonialism in German and British society and culture, using a comparative and interdisciplinary approach.

While the Network’s activities have hitherto mainly concentrated on fostering links between the disciplines of History on the one hand and English Literary/Cultural Studies on the other, future work will also seek to build stronger connections with German Studies, Film Studies, and the Social Sciences.

In 2006, the network organised a workshop on “Racism in Germany” in the context of Graham Huggan and Ian Law’s international cross-disciplinary conference Racism, Postcolonialism, Europe at the University of Leeds.

After the 2007 conference “Hybrid Cultures, Nervous States”, the network’s next conference will take place in 2008 and will focus on translocation, the transformations of national space and the multi-locatedness of cultures in a globalised world.

Christoph Ramm, from Ruhr University Bochum participated in the inaugural Framing Muslims event on September 8th 2007.