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Conference | Autumn School

NISIS Autumn School 2017

Monday 16 October 2017 - Thursday 19 October 2017
Dante Building
Warandelaan 2
5037 AB Tilburg

NISIS Autumn School 'Islam & Superdiversity'

From Monday 16 until Thursday 19 October 2017, the seventh annual NISIS Autumn School will take place at Tilburg University. The theme of this year's Autumn School is "Islam and Superdiversity". 

Provisional programme lectures

The lectures  in the afternoon programme of the Autumn School are open to all! If you would like to attend the lectures (see public lecture schedule), please register by sending an email to nisis@hum.leidenuniv.nl


Prof.dr. Jan Blommaert (Tilburg University)
Prof. dr. Martin van Bruinessen (Utrecht University) 
Prof.dr. Marjo Buitelaar (University of Groningen)
Dr. Carool Kersten (King's College London)
Prof.dr. Paul Post (Tilburg University)
Prof.dr. Thijl Sunier (VU University Amsterdam)

Theme: Islam and Superdiversity

From its very foundation, diversity of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives in studying Islam has been one of the key characteristics of the Netherlands Interuniversity School of Islamic Studies. Moreover, following the basic principle of The Encyclopaedia of Islam Islam was understood in its broadest sense resulting in the participation of Islamicists of all kinds. In humanities and social sciences diversity is a key concept to study and understand society since some decades. Notably, Steven Vertovec’s ‘super-diversity’ – the diversification of diversity – has caused a furore among many scholars in the field of humanities and social sciences. Therefore, this NISIS Autumn School will be devoted to (super-) diversity, its meaning, its impact and its consequences.  After an ‘introduction’ to the concept by Prof. Blommaert and a ‘Position Paper’ by Prof. Thijl Sunier, the concept will play – implicitly or explicitly – a central role in the study of ritual (Prof. Post and Prof. Buitelaar) and in the study of inter- and intra-religious diversity in Indonesia (Dr. Kersten).

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