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[ecrea] cfp - Muhammad Cartoons Ten Years After

Fri Jul 31 17:52:05 GMT 2015

Call for papers for conference:
29 July 2015

*Ten years after*

–      *The Muhammad Cartoons: Perspectives, Reflections, and Challenges*

Aalborg, September 28-29, 2015

Ten years have gone since the Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten
decided to publish 12 Muhammad cartoons of the prophet Muhammad as
cartoonists ‘imagined him’. The cartoons and the stories about them cost
the lives of 150 people. Denmark’s reputation abroad and export to Arab
speaking countries were severely impacted. In addition, it has affected the
opportunities of immigrants, who experience they are being stigmatized and
not fully allowed to be Danes. Many Danes have had their ideas of womanhood
among Muslims re-enforced, ideas of incompatible values have been
strengthened, and the debate about freedom of speech reified. For many
non-Western Muslims, the cartoon story has become an icon of Western
arrogance and hatred towards Islam. Their anger came from a deep sense that
they are not respected, that they and their most cherished feelings are
“fair game.”

New research suggests that increased racial discrimination and enforcement
of racial-cultural logics of belonging facilitates mobilization of minority
youth groups to crime, violence, political activism, carelessness and
terrorism. This development exposes a “schismogenetic” process that merits
academic attention analysis and solutions.

Some of the questions for the conference:

-       How is the gap between “the academics” and “the politicals” being
played out?

-       Is there a gap between the understanding of the crisis in Denmark
and abroad?

-       What are the differences in the debates about Islam in contemporary
Denmark and other non-Muslim countries?

-       Ten years after – did the insult, the ridicule, and the mocking
lead to a better society?

-       How does the cartoon story relate to the moralization of Danish
society and the emergence of online social media?

-       How are democratic values and free speech affected ten years after
by the spread of Islamophobia, policies, and confrontational news media
coverage and debate?

Key note speakers are Lene Hansen, Mark Allen Peterson, Deepa Kumar, Peter
Hervik and Arun Kundnani. Chairs of workshops are Carsten Stage, Signe Kjær
Jørgensen, Anja Kublitz, and Mikkel Rytter. Read more at the conference

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Please send your title, abstract, affiliation and contact information
before 28 August via

Please send correspondence to:

Peter Hervik (hervik /at/

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