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Tue, September 29, 2015



Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory
Lectures critiques sur la religion, le droit et la théorie en sciences sociales

Speaker | conférencier: Dietrich Jung (University of Southern Denmark)
Location | lieu: University of Ottawa, Simard Hall, Room 129, 60 University, Ottawa, Ontario

Time | heure: 4pm-5:30 /16h à 17h30

Lecture title | titre de la conférence: Constructing Islamic Modernities: Identity, Social Order and Religious Traditions

Abstract | résumé:

This lecture is based on the ongoing research project on Modern Muslim Subjectivities, currently conducted at the Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark. In combining contemporary social theory with Islamic studies, the lecture addresses the various ways in which Islamic reformers have dealt with the construction of specifically Islamic social orders and forms of subjectivity in the modern age. Illustrated by examples of various Muslim and non-Muslim countries, it presents globally relevant social imaginaries that together with Islamic traditions have served as frames of reference for individual and collective ways to construct modern Islamic identities. In pointing to both similarities and differences between Islamic and non-Islamic forms of modern selfhoods, the presentation claims that also modern Muslim identities have been constructed with respect to a set of more global paradigms. For more information about the project, see:http://www.sdu.dk/en/Om_SDU/Institutter_centre/ih/Forskning/Forskningsprojekter/MMSP

Biography | Biographie:

Dietrich Jung is a Professor and Head of Department at the Center for Contemporary Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark. He holds a MA in Political Science and Islamic Studies, as well as a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Hamburg, Germany, and has large field experience in the Muslim world. He has published numerous scholarly articles on causes of war, peace and conflict studies, political Islam, modern Turkey and on conflicts in the Middle East. His articles appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Cooperation & Conflict, Dansk Sociologi, European Journal of International Relations, International Journal, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Critique, Mediterranean Politics, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Religious Research Review. Prof. Jung published ten monographs and edited books of which the most recent are: Religion, Politics, and Turkey’s EU Accession, New York: Palgrave Macmillan (ed. with Catharina Raudvere, 2008), Orientalists, Islamists and the Global Public Sphere: A Genealogy of the Modern Essentialist Image of Islam, Sheffield: Equinox (2011), and The Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities: Islam, Youth and Social Activism in the Middle East, together with Marie Juul Petersen and Sara Lei Sparre, New York: Palgrave (2014).


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