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Religion and Immigrant Integration in the European Union

Religion and Immigrant Integration in the European Union
1 Devonshire Place, Room 108
Time: Nov 11th, 9:30 am End: Nov 11th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), South Asian, Sociology (FAS), Slavic Studies (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Political Science, Philosophy (UTSC), Philosophy (UTM), Philosophy (FAS), Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS), Law, Faculty of , Latin American, Language Studies (UTM), Jewish Studies, Italian Studies (FAS), German (FAS), French (FAS), Ethics, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Comparative Literature (FAS), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), African, 2000-
One-day Workshop series

Religion and Immigrant Integration in the European Union

A growing chorus of European politicians and commentators has taken to pronouncing multiculturalism a failure and arguing in favor of more aggressive means of integrating immigrants into their societies. Mandatory integration courses, values based citizenship tests, and bans on certain religious attire have been advanced in the name of maintaining the secular character of public institutions, protecting the rights of women and girls, and excluding individual and groups deemed a threat to the maintenance of liberal-democratic communities. The workshops will build on research comparing immigrant integration politics and policy- making in several European countries.

Workshop 1 (Sponsored by JIGES and CERES)

9:30 Welcome and Coffee

10:00-11:00 Esra Ozyurek (University of California, San Diego), “Muslims and anti- Semitism”

Esra Ozyurek received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2002. Her academic interests include secularism and Islam, ideologies of state and citizenship, public and private, alternative modernities, and social and cultural memory. Her regional areas are Turkey and Europe.

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Ahmet Yukleyen (University of Mississippi), “State Policies and Islam in Europe: Milli Görüş in Germany and the Netherlands”

Ahmet Yukleyen received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Boston University in the spring of 2006. His dissertation research focused on the Turkish Islamic communities in Germany and the Netherlands. He teaches cultural anthropology, international
studies, and ethnic and religious identity. His presentation examines how European state authorities are taking part in the shaping of Islam in Europe by comparing the impact of German and Dutch state policies on Islamic organisations such as Milli Görüş, a
Turkish-origin political Islamic organisation.This comparison may provide insights for
European states on how to develop policies conducive to Muslim incorporation.

12:15-1:00 Lunch

Workshop 2 (Sponsored by EUCE and CERES)

1:00-2:00 Pascale Fournier (University of Ottawa), “Navigating the Secular/Religious
Divide: Muslim Women Divorcing in Western Europe”
Pascale Fournier is Vice-Dean Research and an Associate Professor at the University of
Ottawa Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section. She received her S.J.D. from Harvard in
2007. She has written extensively on Law and Religion issues.

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:15 Ronan Mccrea (University College London), “De Facto Secularism in a Diversifying Religious Environment: The Changing Relationship between State and Religion in Europe”

Ronan McCrea is the author of Religion and the Public Order of the European Union (OUP, 2010). He lectures in the Faculty of Laws of University College London. He is a barrister and former judicial clerk ('référendaire') in the chambers of Advocate General Maduro at the Court of Justice of the European Union and is on the panel of experts charged with the provision of long term advice to the President of the European Commission. His presentation argues that an important clarification of the significance and meaning of the legal privilege and symbolic recognition accorded to religion is underway in Europe. The need for such clarification arises as the current relationship between religion, the law and the state in Europe is the outcome of implicit compacts between culturally-entrenched religions and the state that are underpinned by unarticulated shared cultural norms which are breaking down as Europe becomes more culturally and religiously diverse.

3:15-3:30 Coffee

3:30-4:30 Nasar Meer (University of Northumbria), “Conceptualising ‘Muslim’ identities in Europe”

Nasar Meer is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Northumbria. Nasar’s research explores the relationships between minority identities and citizenship programmes. He is particularly interested in arenas of education, anti-discrimination, political participation, and public and media representation. Other interests include a European reading of the African-American
‘founding figure’ of Sociology, W. E. B. Du Bois, as well as a focus upon the role of journalists as ‘public intellectuals’. He is also researching the sociology and politics of conceptualising racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, alongside an emerging interest in Scottish Nationhood. His presentation discusses the category of ‘Muslim’ in Europe, which is patterned by a variety of subjective and objective features. Despite internal difference, it is contended that there emerges something overarching that furnishes Muslims in Europe with a collective sense of self, evidenced by empirically observable Muslim identities at local, national and supra-national levels.

4:30-5:00 Concluding discussion

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