Islam and Muslims in a Plural World:
The Local and the Global in the
Middle East, Europe and North America
are invited from graduate students working on their Masters or PhDs for
up to 12 places on a research ‘master class’ to take place at the
Danish Institute in Damascus 4-15 April 2011. See pictures and comment
on the first Islam graduate research school below. The research school
will be staffed by four senior academics, one from each of the
organizing institutions. Each participant will submit a research paper
in advance, which will normally be a draft chapter from their
thesis/dissertation, plus an overall outline of the research project
identifying the topic, main research questions, theoretical and
methodological issues and a tentative chapter outline.
The research submitted should fall within the theme indicated by the
heading and may come from any relevant discipline. This includes fields
of research such as migration and Muslim communities in Europe and North
America, Islam and pluralism (religious, legal, social, political) in
the Middle East, contemporary developments in Islamic thinking about
pluralisms whether theoretical or locally contextualized, the routes and
mechanisms by which experiences and ideas connect localities mutually
and globally, especially via electronic media. These suggestions are not
exclusive, and applicants will need to indicate how their topics may
contribute to the project theme.
The programme will take place over two weeks and will consist of four
- Workshops led by a staff member in which each participant
will have an extended session to present and discuss the pre-submitted
- Four plenary sessions at which each of the staff members will present
current research-in-progress for open discussion.
- A series of
discussion meetings with significant and interesting local researchers
and personalities of relevance to the field.
- Excursions to sites and institutions of interest within and outside
Programme staff will include:
Prof. Todd Lawson, Toronto
Jørgen S. Nielsen, Copenhagen
Ass. Prof. Sune Haugbølle, Copenhagen
Dr Anders Hastrup, Director, Danish Institute in Damascus
participants who need to earn credit towards their programme
requirements, the organizers are happy to negotiate specific
The programme sessions will normally take place at the
Danish Institute (www.damaskus.dk). Participants will be
responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. Help will be
provided to book accommodation. Students wishing to go on longer
excursions in the middle weekend (9-10 April 2011) can get advice on how
best to make such arrangements from the organizers.
There will be a course fee of 450.00 Euros to cover staff costs, local
excursions, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday in both weeks. A first
payment of 200.00 Euros is due for payment by 1 February 2011,
non-returnable except in case of force majeur.
Applications should be submitted electronically, including an abstract
of the paper to be presented, to firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible
but at the latest on 1 February 2011. The deadline for submission of the
full text of the paper to be presented for discussion is 1 April 2011.
Responses to applications will be sent within one month of receipt
(quicker for late applications).
A student’s comment on the 2010 Damascus Graduate Research School:
appreciated receiving valuable feedback from peers and instructors to
one of my dissertation chapters, in an unhurried session. The course
also provided a unique opportunity to meet with important and
influential social actors in the Syrian public sphere. The Danish
Institute in Damascus, where the course was located, is not only
beautifully restored, but also exemplifies important periods in Syria’s
history. You cannot beat the location. The course also provided
opportunities for exploring Damascus and Syria, which is wonderful for
first time visitors to Syria or the Middle-East. And Syria is a
certainly a country worth exploring. I thank you for this opportunity,
and hope that upcoming courses bring together as diverse and friendly a
group, as I was lucky to enjoy."