We (Annelies Moors and others) are starting a small, new research project ‘No escape: an auto-ethnography of the securitization of academic research’ In this project we analyze how our article ‘Chatting about marriage with migrants to Syria’, that focused on marriage and was explicitly written to turn away from the security and radicalization frame, was, nonetheless, not able to escape such framing. Starting with an analysis of the reception of our publication we soon discovered that we needed to take two aspects of our work far more seriously than we had expected, that is the public views on authorship and academic discipline.
Starting with an overview of how particular forms of unconventional Muslims marriages have come to be problematized both in the global North and South, the main focus of ‘Problematizing “Muslim marriages”: Ambiguities and Contestations’ is on concluding marriages as a social process and practice. What kinds of more or less controversial marriage forms and wedding celebration are emerging, who are participating in them, and how are they performed? Particular attention is paid to the intersections of gender and religion, and whether and how new, unconventional marriage forms are authenticated, authorized or contested as Muslim marriages. The wider question this project addresses is what economic, political, religious and cultural work these new Muslim marriages do.