Common perceptions and discussions of Muslim cultures and societies in Germany and elsewhere are often framed in terms of a mortal combat of “civilizations,” irresolvable problems of “integration,” narratives of saving women or gay and lesbian Muslim victims from the oppression of their, supposedly, heterosexist male counterparts, and the like. Taken to the extreme, these narratives metaphorically juxtapose Western “lightness” with Muslim antimodern “darkness.”
Being aware of this context we – the researchers at Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies – do not assume Islam to be a monochromatic entity and invite you to join us on our journeys to colorize these “Black and White” discussions. We wish to open the field to the spectrums of colours, shades, and the imperceptible infrared wavelengths of lifeworlds, events, and histories that often go unnoticed and offer perspectives and vantage points from which to interpret vital common issues and questions. We come from a range of countries and academic disciplines, and work on a variety of topics related to Islam and Muslim societies.
Visit us to engage in conversations about such issues as: contemporary feminist movements in Tunisia; youth movements in Egypt during the “Arab Spring”; representations of Islam in newly emerging Indian “Conflict Cinema”; Iranian diaspora in Berlin; or what Muslim workers and traders do in the large tradehalls of Moscow. Our programme of events at the Long Night of Science interactively maps the current individual projects at Graduate School – come and explore them with us!
5pm – 7pm: For Children
7pm – 9pm: Presentation of current dissertation projects at Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
9pm - 10:30pm: Film Screening
10pm – 11pm: Discussion