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Religion as a source of Belonging

Religion as a source of Belonging



Turkish Review

November 2013

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Publié par le décembre 6, 2013 dans Media, News, Nouvelles Publications


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The Minority Concept in the Turkish Context

The Minority Concept in the Turkish Context

Practices and Perceptions in Turkey, Greece and France

Samim Akgönül, Strasbourg University


In The Minority Concept in the Turkish Context, Samim Akgönül presents a conceptual discussion of the term ‘minority’ from various perspectives, most notably history, sociology and political science. The concept of minority has a specific understanding in the Turkish political, sociological and legal context due to the Ottoman Millet system approach. The conceptual discussion is illustrated by three case studies: religious minorities in Turkey that are the result of the elimination policies during the Turkish nation building process, Muslim minorities in Greece as heritage of the Ottoman domination until the 20th century, and new minorities originating from Turkey and living in France as the result of the Turkish immigration of 1960’s and following decades

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Publié par le mars 15, 2013 dans Nouvelles Publications


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Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education

Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal.

Special Issue on Migration, Religion, and Education.

Call for Papers


Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal invites contributions for an upcoming guest edited volume on Migration, Religion, and Education. This special issue invites papers from a diversity of international perspectives and country contexts, and from a variety of education disciplines, to address the theme of migration, religion, and education. Education should be considered broadly to include all stages / levels of formal education, as well as non-formal and informal education.

The continuing salience of religion as a fundamental basis for identity and belonging, and as an on-going focal point of political struggles across the world has shaken to its core the narrative projecting a final « global triumph » of liberal democracy in the post-Cold War era. Religion still matters a great deal, both publicly and privately. And religion has always had important linkages to migration and cultural diversity. As Bramadat (2009) indicates, religion is quite powerfully related to many of the most complex features of migration today; it is often involved in conflicts driving people to flee their home countries, it is used in political resistance struggles (both in the « homeland » and the diaspora), and it very typically serves as a foundation for the social structures of newly arrived minority communities in host societies. Each of these illustrations has important connections to education; religiously persecuted refugees may utilize their cultural (and specifically religious) capital to their advantage in schooling in host societies that privilege rather than severely disadvantage their faith traditions, diasporic communities may use non-formal and informal education methods to mobilize their members around a religiously framed cause, churches and mosques may create schools within immigrant neighborhoods to serve as anchors for the passing on of tradition as well as the cultivation of ethno-specific forms of social capital.

This special issue invites papers from a diversity of international perspectives and country contexts, and from a variety of education disciplines, to address the theme of migration, religion, and education. Education should be considered broadly to include all stages / levels of formal education, as well as non-formal and informal education.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
• religion and identity among migrant students
• the « problematization » of religious minority students in host society schools
• representation of migrant’s religions in school curriculum
• religious literacy among education policy makers
• religious awareness among teachers and administrators
• religion as a form of cultural capital among migrant students
• religion and migrant teachers
• court decisions bearing on the religious identities and practices of migrant students

Please send abstracts to Bruce Collet by February 15, 2012.
Responses to submitted abstracts will be sent by April 2012. Full article submissions from invited papers will be due July 1, 2012. Papers invited for the special issue will undergo blind review procedures.

Reviews of relevant books are also encouraged.

ABTRACTS should be submitted according to the following format:

Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: An International Journal (Taylor & Francis; is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal focused on critical discourse and research in diaspora, indigenous, and minority education. The journal is dedicated to researching cultural sustainability in a world increasingly consolidating under national, transnational, and global organizations. It aims to draw attention to, and learn from, the many initiatives being conducted around the globe in support of diaspora, indigenous, and minority education, which might otherwise go unnoticed.


Bruce Collet, PhD
Assistant Professor
Educational Foundations and Inquiry
School of Leadership & Policy Studies
College of Education & Human Development
Bowling Green State University
569 Education Building
Ph. 419-372-7354
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Publié par le février 7, 2012 dans Calls / Appels


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Imagined Communities, Recuperated Homelands

International Conference


« Imagined Communities, Recuperated Homelands.

Rethinking American and Canadian Minority and Exilic Writing »

Organized by Monica MANOLESCU and Charlotte STURGESS

March 11-12, 2011

Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme – Alsace (MISHA), salle de conférences, 5 allée du Général Rouvillois, 67083 Strasbourg


This conference will be centred on the way North American minority and exilic literatures problematize such generally received notions as home and belonging. Often localised on an anxious border between an originary, imaginary « homeland » — only recuperated through myth and storytelling — and the lived present, caught between here and there, departure and arrival, such literatures readily generate themes and tropes of nostalgia and the in-between: an « insider-outsider » status caught between community affiliations of origin and the social and cultural space of the adopted nation.

Yet at the same time « minoritized literatures remind us that nations are made, not born, and are thus open to refashioning » (Cho, 2007) suggesting that the « insider-outsider » both confirms and calls into question the norms and values that construct national unities. Do minority and exilic literatures therefore contribute to a dynamic political imaginary, envisaging alternative modes and discourses of citizenship? Can they contribute to reconceptualising the notions of home and nationhood and to challenging fixed assumptions of authentic origins?

In this case what strategies – patterns, themes, metaphors, images – serve to reflect on and reshape the network of relations tying the individual to the community? How does textual, representative space deflect or reflect the political and ideological?

Possible (non-exhaustive) avenues of inquiry:



Alternative, subjective cartographies

Embodied identities

Globalisation, transcultural, transnational discourses

Places and heterotopias

Racialised poetics

The body as politics

Mythmaking and revisions


Friday, March 11 2011

Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme – Alsace (MISHA), salle de conférences, 5 allée du Général Rouvillois, 67083 Strasbourg – PLAN

8h45 Welcoming address – Jean-Jacques Chardin, director of EA 2325

9h-10h Keynote speaker – Larissa Lai (University of British Columbia) – How to Do “You”: Methods of Asian/Indigenous Relation

Session 1. Chair: Deborah Madsen

Communities and margins

10-10h30 David Stirrup (University of Kent, Canterbury) – Art, Borders, Citizenship: Containment and Flux in Selected Works by Eric Gansworth and Thomas King

10h30-10h50 Coffee break

10h50-11h20 Françoise Kral (Université Paris Ouest) – Virtual Communities and the “Non-places” of Hypermodernity

11h20-11h50 Hans Bak (Radboud University, Nijmegen) – Flights to Canada: Jacob Lawrence, Ishmael Reed and Lawrence Hill

11h50-12h20 Martin Kuester (University of Marburg) – A Minority Within a Minority: Literary Views of “Marginal” Members of the Canadian Mennonite Community?

12h30-14h30 Lunch break (Villa Bianca, 6 Bd Leblois, 67000 Strasbourg)

Département d’anglais, salle 4202, bâtiment Patio, 22 Rue Descartes, 67084 Strasbourg – PLAN

Session 2. Chair: Yves-Charles Grandjeat

Unsettling Cartographies

14h30-15h Ada Savin (Université de Versailles) – Geographies of the Carribean in Cristina Garcia’s The Agüero Sisters (1997)

15h-15h30 Pilar Cuder-Dominguez (University of Huelva) – The Psychology of Immigration: Map-making and Map-breaking in Nalini Warriar’s The Enemy Within (2005)

15h30-16h Virginia Ricard (Université Bordeaux 3) – Ludwig Lewisohn’s Imagined Community

16h-16h15 Coffee break

16h15-16h45 Paule Lévy (Université de Versailles) – A Reading of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictée

16h45-17h15 Lianne Moyes (Université de Montréal) – Out of My Skin: Contesting Home and Native Land

19h30 Conference dinner (Zuem Ysehuet, 21 quai Mullenheim, 67000 Strasbourg)

Saturday, March 12 2011

Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme – Alsace (MISHA), salle de conférences, 5 allée du Général Rouvillois, 67083 Strasbourg – PLAN

9h-10h Keynote speaker – Deborah Madsen (University of Geneva) – The Rhetoric of Double Allegiance: Imagined Communities in North American Diasporic Chinese Literatures

Session 3. Chair : Hans Bak

Borders, borderlands, homelands

10h-10h30 Yves-Charles Grandjeat (Université Bordeaux 3) – Deterritorializing and Reterritorializing the Barrio in H. M. Viramontes’s Their Dogs Came with Them: Fictional Ventures into the Borderlands

10h30-10h50 Coffee break

10h50-11h20 Cristina Ghiban Mocanu (University of Iasi) – Living in Nepantla. Visions of Female Experience in the Borderlands (Ana Castillo, Sandra Cisneros and Norma Elia Cantu)

11h20-11h50 Michel Feith (Université de Nantes) – Intertextual Homelands in Two Southwestern Novels by Louis Owens

11h50-12h20 Marie-Agnès Gay (Université Lyon 3) – “Across America picking up ghosts”: home and unheimliche in Shawn Wong’s novel Homebase

12h30-14h30 Lunch break (Villa Bianca, 6 Bd Leblois, 67000 Strasbourg)

Maison Interuniversitaire des Sciences de l’Homme – Alsace (MISHA), salle de conférences, 5 allée du Général Rouvillois, 67083 Strasbourg – PLAN

Session 4. Chair: Martin Kuester

Immigration, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

14h30-15h Belén Martin-Lucas (University of Vigo) – (Un)becoming Laura Ingalls: Narratives of Asian Settlement in North America

15h-15h30 Claire Omhovère (Université de Montpellier) – Pop Culture and the Construction of Ethnicity in Miriam Toews’s and Richard Van Camp’s Writing

15h30-15h45 Coffee break

15h45-16h15 Marie-Claude Perrin-Chenour (Université Paris Ouest) – Jamaica Kincaid’s Regressive Writing

16h15-16h45 Anca-Raluca Radu (University of Göttingen) – Surpassing Multiculturalism: New Cosmopolitanism in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For

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Publié par le mars 8, 2011 dans Manifestations scientifiques


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Publié par le janvier 10, 2010 dans Nouvelles Publications


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Törkiy ziro poynt

Liet International

International song festival in a European minority language


Liet International is the international song festival for the best new song in a European minority language. Liet International was invented and developed in the year 2002 in Friesland. The idea was, after ten succesfull editions of Frisian songcontest Liet, to try a similar event at the European level for the best new song in a minority language. The idea was and is to give bands who sing in a minority language an international stage to perform. In seven years Liet International has grown to be the anthitetis of the Eurovision song festival, with the big difference that Liet prohibits singing in English. Today Liet International is one of the largest events for promotion of minority languages. Liet International is organized by the Frisian Foundation Liet International in collaboration with its  cooperation of partners in Scotland, Scandinavia, Italy and Spain.

The sixth edition of song contest Liet International will be held on Saturday 31 october. After two editions in the Swedish Lapland in 2006 and 2008 the festival once again will be held in city theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden.

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Publié par le octobre 30, 2009 dans Manifestations culturelles


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Inclusion !

Minority Integration in Central Eastern Europe.
Between Ethnic Diversity and Equality.

Agarin, Timofey and Malte Brosig (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2009, 358 pp


The book presents a timely examination on a range of issues present in the discussions on the integration of ethnic minorities in Central Eastern Europe: norm setting, equality promotion, multiculturalism, nation-building, social cohesion, and ethnic diversity. It insightfully illustrates these debates by assessing them diachronically rather than cross-nationally from the legal, political and anthropological perspective. The contributors unpack concepts related to minority integration, discuss progress in policy-implementation and scrutinize the outcomes of minority integration in seven countries from the region. The volume is divided into three sections taking a multi-variant perspective on minority integration and equality. The volume starts with an analysis of international organizations setting standards and promoting minority rights norms on ethnic diversity and equal treatment. The second and third sections address state policies that provide fora for minority groups to participate in policy-making as well as the role of society and its various actors their development and enactment of integration concepts. The volume aims to assess the future of ethnic diversity and equality in societies across Central Eastern European states.
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Publié par le octobre 21, 2009 dans Nouvelles Publications


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