Religion and Immigrant Integration in European Union Countries

Friday November 11

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Fri Nov 11 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 108N, North House

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Svitlana Frunchak


A growing chorus of European politicians and commentators has taken to pronouncing multiculturalism a failure and arguing in favour 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
10-11 Esra Ozyurek (University of California, San Diego), “Why is Salafism attractive to German Converts to Islam”
11:15-12:00 Ahmet Yukleyen (University of Mississippi), “State Policies and Islam in Europe: Milli Görüş in Germany and the Netherlands”
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”
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”
3:15-3:30 Coffee
3:30-4:30 Nasar Meer (University of Northumbria), “Conceptualising ‘Muslim’ identities in Europe”
4:30-5:00 Concluding discussion

Co-sponsored by

Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Joint Initiative for German and European Studies
European Union Centre of Excellence European Union Centre of Excellence European Union Centre of Excellence European Union Centre of Excellence
Munk School of Global Affairs