Colloque : 5. Research Conference “Democracy and Islam” — Vienne (Autriche), 05-06/11/2015

Organisateurs

  • Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft Austrian Research Association
  • Arbeitsgruppe Zukunft der Demokratie / Working Group on Democracy

Conference venue

  • Austrian Foundation for Development research Sensengasse 3 | 1090 Vienna

Conference Topic

This interdisciplinary conference aims at discussing the relationship between ‘democracy’ and ‘Islam’. The choice of participants reflects this multidisciplinarity and thus welcomes participants from all social sciences and the field of legal studies. Whereas theoretical work is considered important, the Working Group is especially interested in sound analytical and empirical scholarship and the application of qualitative or quantitative methodology commensurate with, and appropriate for the discipline in which the work originates. It should be understood that the goal of the conference is to draw comparative conclusions and develop a general understanding of the matters at hand.

Tentative program

Thursday (November, 5)

09.00 Welcome by conference organizers and Introduction
09.30 – 11.00 Panel I

I) European models of incorporation of Islam

– What are the implications of historically built state-church-relations for the incorporation of Muslim institutions or the accommodation of Muslim practices?

Speakers: Jenny Berglund, Stefan Schima, Liriam Sponholz

11-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00 Panel II

II) Islamophobia and exclusion (Part I)

– How do Islamophobic discourses and/or laws constrain the democratic populus?

– What are the implications of Islamophobia for constitutional democracies?

Speakers: Osman Gülyesil, Eva Kalny, Luis Hernández Aguilar

Lunch 13.00 – 14.00
14.00 – 15.30 Panel II

II) Islamophobia and exclusion (Part II)

– How do Islamophobic discourses and/or laws constrain the democratic populus?

– What are the implications of Islamophobia for constitutional democracies? 
Speakers: Uzma Jamil, Shaireen Rasheed, Wolfgang Aschauer

18.30 KEYNOTE LECTURE

Prof. John L. Esposito (Georgetown University) is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He is the editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam, and author of Unholy War, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, and many other acclaimed works.

Location:
 Festsaal Billrothhaus Frankgasse 8
1090 Wien

Friday (November, 6)

09.00 – 10.30 Panel III


III) Relationship Islam – Democracy (Part I)

– What can be the role of Islamic institutions in the maintenance and development of democratic institutions and processes?

– Can Muslim religious institutions and organizations play a part in supporting democratic norms? Speakers: Yüksel Sezgin, Oliver Hidalgo, Youssef Chouhoud

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11.00 – 12.30 Panel III

III) Relationship Islam – Democracy (Part II) 


– What can be the role of Islamic institutions in the maintenance and development of democratic institutions and processes?

– Can Muslim religious institutions and organizations play a part in supporting democratic norms?

Speakers: Amanda tho Seeth, Yunus Hentschel, Brian Klug

Lunch 12.30 – 13.30
13.30 – 16.00 Panel IV (includes a 30 min. coffee break)

IV) Muslim Youth Culture /Participation of Women

– What is the role of organized Muslim youth movements in the participation in democratic processes?

– What is the role of Muslim youth movements in challenging, questioning, opposing, and strengthening 
democratic processes?

Speakers: Dina Hosni-Abdelahram, Aitana Guia, Daniele Joly, Alexandra Preitschopf, Didem Ünal-Abady

16.00 – 17.00 Final Discussion – What have we learned – where do we go from here?

 


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