EMN Summer School

The European Muslim Network Research Academy will organize its first edition of the Summer School which will take place at Airport Hotel Global, near Frankfurt / Germany.

11th to 15th September 2017

The EMN Research Academy brings together a multidisciplinary and international group of 40 to 50 students, researchers and members of civil society. It offers the participants the opportunity to study and discuss questions pertaining to Islam and Muslim life in general and Islam and Muslim Life in Europe in particular encompassing culture, politics and issues of identity in the European context with distinguished experts in this field from the academic field and the grass roots level. These topics will be dealt with in a historical as well as a systematic perspective focusing on the vision of the future of Islam and Muslims in Europe’s fabric.

The program offers the participants the chance to attend classes taught by established intellectuals, activists and researchers to discuss their ideas in a relaxed and open atmosphere and within a multidisciplinary framework.
The EMN Research Academy will also allow graduate students to present their research papers in a conference-style setting to scholars/grass roots level activists and co-students in their field. The EMN Research Academy presents a unique occasion to receive constructive feedback on papers and researches.

Costs: 850 Euros which also covers accommodation in multi-bed rooms of the Hotel Global and all meals including dinner (150 euros to the registration and the rest in 2 steps before August, 2017). In case no accommodation in the Hotel Global is needed, the fees will be reduced to 450 Euros (please mention this option in the comment field of the registration form).

Please register here.

On receipt of your application, we will send you an acknowledgment within a few days. You will be then be asked for confirmation with arrangements for full payment.
Additional side activities will be organized, e.g. sightseeing tour to Heidelberg.

Selected Key Speakers:

Ahmet Alibasic

Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia

Karen Armstrong

Author and Researcher on Comparative Religions

Fabienne Brion

Professor of Criminology, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Malika Hamidi

Director General of EMN, PhD in sociology and specialists in Islamic feminism


Tariq Ramadan
President of EMN and Executive Director of the Research Center of Islamic Legislation and Ethics

Programme:

Monday, 11.09.2017
Introduction to EMN and the Summer School
Time Topic Speakers
09:00 – 10:15 Presentation of and introduction to the European Muslim Network (EMN) to the participants of the Summer School EMN board & members
10:45-12:00 Keynote speech and Podium on “Re-Envisioning the future of Muslims and Islam in Europe” Tariq Ramadan (UK)

Karen Armstrong (UK)

Fabienne Brion (Belgium)

13:45-15:30 Networking with participants and EMN All participants
16:00-17:30 Umma – From unity to segregationThe Sira of the Prophet – Which lessons can European Muslims draw for their lives from it? Tariq Ramadan (UK)
17:45-18:30 Q/A with speakers

Call for Papers from participating students to be presented to the participants for discussion

All participants
Tudesday, 12.09.2017
Past: The European Muslim Heritage in the Balkans and in Andalusia
Time Topic Speakers
09:00 – 10:15 Round table: The European Muslim heritage Tariq Ramadan (UK)

Ahmet Alibasic (Bosnia)

10:45-12:00 European Muslims in Spain and in the Balkans Nizar Liemlahi (Spain)

Ivan Ejub Kostic (Serbia)

13:45-15:30 Interactive case studies with EMN Members Sehija Dedovic (Bosnia)

Nizar Liemlahi (Spain)

Ivan Ejub Kostic (Serbia)

16:00-17:30 Q/A with speakers

Call for Papers from participating students to be presented to  the participants for discussion

All participants
Evening Cultural Program: Sightseeing Tour to Heidelberg
Wednesday, 13.09.2017
Present: European Muslims facing current Challenges
Time Topic Speakers
09:00 – 10:15 Round table: Current challenges – Violent Extremism, Migration and Populism Tariq Ramadan (UK)

Fabienne Brion (Belgium)

Paolo Gonzaga (Italy)

10:45-12:00 European Muslims facing the issue of migration and violent extremism Ibrahim El Zayat (Germany)

Paolo Gonzaga (Italy)

13:45-15:30 Interactive case studies with EMN Members Paolo Gonzaga (Italy)

Hussain Sheefar (UK)

Malika Hamidi (Belgium)

16:00-17:30 Q/A with speakers

Call for Papers from participating students to be presented to the participants for discussion

All participants
Evening Public meeting: Re-envisioning Islam in Europe – past, present and future Tariq Ramadan

Other speakers

Thursday, 14.09.2017
Present: European Muslim Women – Spirituality and Resistance
Time Topic Speakers
09:00 – 10:15 Round table : European Muslim women resisting islamophobia Fabienne Brion (Belgium)

Tariq Ramadan (UK)

10:45-12:00 Challenges of Islamic feminism in Europe: Spirituality and politicization Malika Hamidi (Belgium)

Sabiha El Zayat (Germany)

13:45-15:30 Interactive case studies on the topic of Islamic feminism Hadjer Dhari (Germany)
16:00-17:30 Q/A with speakers

Call for Papers from participating students to be presented to the participants for discussion

All participants
Evening Public meeting: Moving beyond islamophobia Tariq Ramadan (UK)

Malika Hamidi (Belgium)

Other speakers

Friday, 15.09.2017
Future: European Muslims facing future prospects 
Time Topic Speakers
09:00 – 10:15 “Unity in Diversity” – The challenges before Europe as an open civilization Tariq Ramadan (UK)
10:45-12:00 Conclusions & Closing Speeches