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SWAR workshop on Comparative Sectarianism

The workshop will explore whether (the study of) the current Middle Eastern Shia/Sunni sectarianism is similar to/different from (the study of) other forms of sectarianism which have nothing to do with Shia/Sunni-Islam.

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Tuesday 29 November 2016,  at 09:00 - 16:00


Store Mødelokale, Building 1330, room 126

Other forms of sectarianism considered include the conflict in Northern Ireland, the Balkans or the European 30 Years War, and Shia/Sunni sectarianism outside of a Middle Eastern context (e.g. South Asia, Europe).

Presentations will reflect on the role of sectarianism both within particular research fields and ‘out there,’ and may also consider whether/how sectarianism has been conceptualized in particular contexts, how sectarianism is expressed by various actors, what the causes of the rising/declining role of sectarianism are, and what the implications of sectarianism are.


9.00-9.15: Welcome 

9.15-9.45: Martin Thomas Riexinger (Aarhus University): The Concept of Sectarian-ism in Religious Studies 

9.45-10.15: Morten Valbjørn (Aarhus University): Shia/Sunni Sectarianism in the Middle East 

10.15-10.30: Coffee break 

Theme: Non-Shia/Sunni Sectarianism 

10.30-11.15: Patrick Milton (Freie Universität Berlin): Taming sectarian conflict in the early modern Holy Roman Empire 

11.15-12.00: Christian Axboe Nielsen (Aarhus University): The Role of Sectarianism on the Balkans 

12.00-13.00: Lunch 

13.00-13.45: Michael Kerr (King’s College London): Comparing the Role of Sectarian-ism in Northern Ireland and Lebanon 

Theme: Shia/Sunni Sectarianism outside of the Middle East 

13.45-14.30: Ingvild Flaskerud (Oslo University): Shia/Sunni Sectarianism in Europe 

14.30-14.45: Coffee break 

14.45-15.30: Justin Jones (Oxford University): Shia/Sunni Sectarianism in South Asia 

15.30-16.00: Concluding Reflections

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