The increasing growth of the Internet is reshaping Islamic communities worldwide. Non-conventional media and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are becoming more popular among the Muslim youth as among all parts of the society. The new channels of information and news attract new Muslim publics in Europe. The profile of the people using these networks range from college students to Islamic intellectual authorities. Such an easy and speedy way of connecting to millions of people across the globe also attracts the attention of social movements, which utilize these networks to spread their message to a wider public. Many Muslim networks and social movements, political leaders, Islamic institutions and authorities use these new media spaces to address wider Muslim and also non-Muslim communities, it is not uncommon that they also address and reach certain so-called radical groups.

During this workshop we want to address the politics of identity construction and representations of Muslims in Europe through having a look at the updated mediascape based on but not limited by following headlines:

  • Muslim networks and movements in Western Europe : Formation of transnational communities
  • Social networking and Muslims in the West
  • (Social) Media and Participation: Muslims in Europe

Timetable:

  1. Abstracts (300–500 words maximum) and CVs (maximum 1 page) to be received by 15 July 2014.
  2. Abstracts to be short-listed by the Editorial Board and papers invited by 20th July 2014.
  3. Papers (3,000 words minimum – 5,500 words maximum, excluding bibliography) to be received by 10th September 2014.
  4. Papers reviewed by the Editorial Board and classed as: Accepted – No Recommendations; Accepted – See Recommendations; Conditional Acceptance – See Recommendations; Not Accepted, by 20th September 2014.
  5. Final papers to be received by 15th October 2014.