Agenda 17 - 23 November 2019
LeidenASA seminar: African Muslim Migrants in Secular Europe in the Age of Islamism: Negotiating Belief and Ethnoreligiosity in European Cities
Maandag 18 November 2019 15:30 - 17:00
Studies on the religiosity of Sub-Sahara African Muslim migrants in Europe tend to give prominence to certain aspects of spirituality, like Sufism (see Kaag 2013; 2008; Soares 2004; Diouf 2002), but virtually not the wider question of belief and religiosity within the context of integration in a predominantly secular society. With the ‘war on terror’ shaping public perception of Islam and Muslims as monolithic ideology and community respectively (Kundnani 2015; Mamdani 2004; Diouf 2002), the essentialist view not only compounds the little regard accorded to varied nuances of Muslim religiosity, but also ethnoreligious experiences of Sub-Sahara African Muslims - often subsumed in the rubrics of the umma - as ethnic minorities living Islam in the European society that this study espouses. Taking belief as a multi-dimensional phenomenon with specific contexts (Day 2013), this study, therefore, seeks to enhance our nuanced understanding of Muslim religiosity among apolitical migrants who actively incorporate faith in their lives in secular societies accustomed to low-key approach to religiosity yet absorbed in the ‘war on terror’. This is a joint seminar with the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR). Speaker: Dr Suleiman Chembea
PhD defence: Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture: understanding interlinkages and exploring implications in the South African context
Donderdag 21 November 2019 16:00
On 21 November 2019, Anne Siebert will defend her PhD thesis entitled 'Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture: Understanding interlinkages and exploring implications in the South African context'. In her thesis, Anne investigate urban food producers’ lived realities and efforts toward food sovereignty in marginalized urban settings. She asks the central questions of why and how urban agriculture initiatives emerge, and whether or not they engage with food sovereignty in the contemporary context of highly exclusionary dynamics in cities and the agri-food system. The study focuses on South Africa, where, 2018, about 65% of the population were living in cities, and more than 27% were unemployed.
Doctoral board: Chair: Professor Arjun Bedi; Doctoral dissertation supervisors: Professor Pierre Thielbörger, Ruhr University Bochum (Professor Thielbörger will not be present at the ceremony), Professor Jun Borras, ISS-EUR