Islam in Europe: Challenges of Diversity and Ways to Co-existence

Islam in Europe has a 1200-year history. Today’s situation seems different. Flowing from the Arab Spring revolutions, recent civil wars, the Islamic State, and other crises of the past few years have culminated in migration levels from Islamic countries that have led to the development of seemingly new social problems and legal issues in Europe. The situation has been described as the clash of different values, where the answers cannot be found solely within the existing practices of European society. Increasingly, secular Europe speaks of religious, and specifically Islamic, “challenges” for the public sphere. The prospect of larger Islamic minorities also increases fears of the de-secularization of Europe. Now is the time to analyse and discuss the actual differences in our cultures and religions in order to determine our collective options so that we can live together despite our differences.

The event combines a scientific international conference with a workshop for doctoral and advanced MA students. The workshop is organized by School of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Tartu; School of Law, University Tartu; the University of Tartu Asian Centre; and Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA). The event is also supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation.
The lectors are from Europe and Islamic countries:

Prof. Dr. Stefan Schreiner (University of Tübingen)
Prof. Dr. Mustafa ef. Cerić (Sarajevo)
Prof. Dr. Egdūnas Račius (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Prof. Dr. Mathias Rohe (University of Erlangen)
Prof. Amal Idrissi (Public Law and Political Sciences, University Moulay Ismael, Marocco)
Dr. Enes Bayraklı (Turkey – German University)
Dr. Leni Franken (University of Antwerpen)
Dr. Merilin Kiviorg, (School of Law, University Tartu)
Dr. Ringo Ringvee, (Ministry of the Interior)
Requirements for participation

The plenary lectures and sessions in international Workshop are open to the public.
A series of closed sessions are organized for graduate students, to deepen and refine their understanding on these topics in discussion with the lecturers.
We welcome participants from across disciplines at PhD and MA levels of study. Those interested can apply via web form. Students who are not members of the University of Tartu graduate schools are required to add a short CV to specify their education and research interests.

Online registration opens on July 3rd and closes on September 4th, 2017.
You will be notified of your participation/application by

Reading material for the workshops will be made available for the registered participants by September 4th, 2017.
The working language of the seminar is English.

2 ECTS points will be awarded for full participation in the program, including the workshop.

Participation is free of charge; accommodation costs for Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts and Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics students will be reimbursed. Please notify the organizers promptly if you are not able to participate or the dates of your participation change! Booking your accommodation via organizers, please be informed that you agree to reimburse the cost of this accommodation, if you do not cancel your participation in due time. Thank you for your understanding.

Elo Süld,
University of Tartu
This intensive seminar is organised by the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, financed by the University of Tartu’s ASTRA project PER ASPERA (European Union, European Regional Development Fund).