The team of the Specialized Information Service (FID) Middle East, North Africa and Islamic Studies invites more than 30 experts from academic libraries to a workshop. The event will take place from 4 to 5 December at the University and State Library of Saxony-Anhalt (ULB) in Halle. Continue reading
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The objective of this workshop is to create the conditions for the emergence of a scientific community using digital collaborative tools within Ethiopian studies.workshop-ethiopian-Studies-and-digital-humanities-2019
Interrogating Analytical Turns for/in the Study of Islam and Muslims in Europe
This workshop seeks to provide a forum for critically engaging with the analytics of the “ethical” and the “everyday” in the study of Islam and Muslims in Europe. What is, we ask, the analytical purchase of these turns within the study of Islam and Muslims in Europe? What, furthermore, might escape our attention while preferring one turn among the other?
Deadline for abstracts: 31 August 2018.
This two-day workshop immerses students in comparative studies of Islamist politics in the Middle East and North Africa through the lens of how violent and non-violent Islamist state and non-actors, as well as their opponents, use and manipulate digital and social media to further their goals. The workshop is specifically interested in exploring themes in how the region’s religious, political and social forces interact and mobilize in digital space, including their competing organizational networks and narrative claims.
As an increasingly more popular and politically-relevant topic in the region and beyond, we seek applicants whose work lie at the intersection of ICTs (information and communication technologies – such as Whatsapp, Signal, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other web channels) and social media platforms on the one hand, and religion, politics, culture, and mobilization on the other. Those that are interested in, and work on how online and offline mobilization, behaviour and organization interact in the Middle East are particularly encouraged to apply.
Related questions that this workshop will explore include:
- The definition of “Islamism,” Islamic vs. Islamist vs. jihadist hierarchies, communication strategies, and organizational networks of influence in the digital world
- Digital Surveillance, Censorship, Protest, Voice, and Opposition in the Middle East
- Organized Diversion: Fake News, Trolls Bots
- Online Radicalization and ICT Use of Extremist Groups
The deadline for the application is August 6, 2018.
Through various mechanisms of engagement with the public (research-creation workshops, symposia, training workshops, documentary projections, presentation of art-science works) this forum will question the writing practices through which researchers, teachers, but also other actors in society (artists, bloggers, journalists, editors, directors) think, represent and discuss Arab and Muslim worlds.
The application deadline for the workshop on “Digital Media, Islamism, and Politics in the Middle East” was extended until August 6, 2018. The workshop is aimed at doctoral students and will be held from 28-29. September 2018 in Basel.