CfP: ROCKING ISLAM: Music and the Making of New Muslim Identities

ROCKING ISLAM: Music and the Making of New Muslim Identities

27 – 29 September 2018 in Freiburg/Germany

Deadline : 10 February 2018
Event Date : 27 – 29 September 2018
Location : Freiburg University
Organisation : Zentrum für Populäre Kultur und Musik / Centre for
Popular Cultures and Music
Convener : Dr Fatma Sagir
Contact : fatma.sagir(at)

Young Muslims shape their identities and their everyday lifestyle while
negotiating different aspects of youth culture such as fashion, music
and New/Social Media. Much has been written and said about Muslim youth
and/or terrorism, extremism and other ways of radicalisation. This
international workshop however, seeks to direct the focus to young
Muslims and popular culture. The two-day workshop seeks to look into
the subject of music as a key tool for expressions of criticism,
creating new cultures, shaping identities while following key questions
such as: In what way is Music key to make diversity visible (audible)?
How does Music shape young Muslim identity? We are open to samples from
a variety of field of research such as:

• Representation in Digital Culture
• Representation in Media/New/Social Media
• Aesthetic aspects of identity formation and music
• Regional phenomena
• Music styles and genres

We invite paper presentations (15-20 min), workshops (90 min) or
posters from different fields and disciplines such as Cultural Studies,
Cultural and Social Anthropology, History, Theology, Religious Studies,
Media Studies, Musicology, Music Ethnology and others. We are open to a
variety of methods, theoretical approaches and topics as we wish to
bring together researchers and build an international and
transdisciplinary network for future research. This workshop aims to
give a starting platform. The workshop proceedings will be published
as an edited volume or special issue.

Please send a 300 word abstract and a short CV (no more than 100 words)
with a list of publications
(word or pdf file) to


Deadline for submission is 10 February 2018. Applicants will be
notified by 1 March 2018.

If necessary, we provide (on application) limited funding for
accommodation and travel expenses for early career/low income
participants. For further information and other enquiries contact Fatma
Institute for Cultural Anthropology / EE – Institut für
Centre for Popular Cultures and Music – Zentrum für Populäre Kulturen
und Musik
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