Previous activities

SESSIONS, WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES WE (CO-)ORGANIZED:

 

CONFERENCE Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean, 20-21 March 2018 (Co-organized with the Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta)

This multidisciplinary conference brought together researchers who have engaged in research on religious marriages in the Mediterranean.

For conference announcement and more information, visit the website of the University of Malta.

 

SYMPOSIUM Navigating Displacement and Humanitarian Responses: Discourses and Experiences of Syrian Refugees and Aid Providers in Jordan, 15-16 March 2018

This workshop brought together researchers that focus on Syrian displacement in Jordan, and sought to generate a critical conversation on the interaction between displaced communities in Jordan, with development and humanitarian organizations that offer them various services.

For program and information see here.

 

TALK by Dr. Sarah Tobin, ‘Understanding Early Marriage: Amplified Agency, Decreased Regulation, and Structural Violence of Syrian Refugees in Za’atari,’ 14 March 2018.

 

MUSMAR Work-in-progress Meeting: 12 – 13 March 2018

Julie McBrien, ‘On Shame.’

Themed discussion: marriage and social class.

Houssine Allaloul, ‘Belgian Diplomats and their Ottoman Spouses: Cross-National, Cross-Denominational, and Cross-Faith Marriages (and their Inhibition) in the Long 19th Century.’

Discussion PhD writings.

 

MUSMAR Work-in-progress Meeting: 30 – 31 Jan 2018

Themed discussion: ‘Rights.’

Discussion PhD writings

 

Writing retreat: January 26 – 29

 

MUSMAR Work-in-progress Meeting: 18-19 Dec 2017

Discussion PhD writings and plans for the future

 

MUSMAR Work-in-progress Meeting: 9 – 11 Oct 2017

Discussion PhD writings and plans for the future

Themed discussion: ‘Destiny’ (Nasib)

 

MUSMAR Work-in-progress Meeting: 5 – 6 Sep 2017

Themed discussion: ‘Shame’

Miriyam Aouragh, ‘Married to the Cause: Love as Resistance.’

Vanessa Vroom-Najem: Viewing of Documentary ‘Trouwen voor Allah: persoonlijke verhalen van bekeerlingen’

Discussion PhD writings

 

WORKSHOP On Giving Voice: Ethics in research, activism and politics in post-revolutionary Egypt: 25 January 2018

In cooperation with the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, the workshop addressed the ethical choices and dilemmas involved in the processes of ‘giving voice’ in Egypt’s current hyper-repressive context.

For full program and information see link.

 

WORKSHOP GLOBAL DYNAMICS OF SHIA MARRIAGES: 24-25 August 2017 

Organized together with Yafa Shanneik (University of Birmingham), this international exploratory workshop on Shia Marriages brought together researchers working on Iran, Oman, Lebanon, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ghana, the UK, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The workshop focuses on various strands of Twelver Shia Islam – defined by doctrinal differences or following different sources of clerical authority, the legal and ethical practices, rituals and everyday lived experience – and investigates how different forms of Shia marriage are debated and concluded.

For workshop information see link.

 

MUSMAR Work-in-progress Meeting:  4-5 July 2017

Shifra Kisch ‘Conversion as a Gift: Palestinian Bedouin Grooms and Rumanian Brides’

Vanessa Vroon-Najem: First viewing of sections of the documentary ‘Trouwen voor Allah: persoonlijke verhalen van bekeerlingen’

Discussion PhD writings and plans for the future

 

MUSMAR Work-in-progress Meeting 15-17 May 2017

Discussion PhD writings and plans for the future

 

Conference Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations

On 24-25 April 2017 we organized together with Rajnaara Akhtar (De Montfort University, Leicester) a conference on ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations’ at De Montfort University, Leicester.

For programme see link.

 

MUSMAR work-in-progress meeting 10-12 April 2017:

Central Asia workshop, 12 April 2017, with presentations by:

* Julie Mcbrien, ‘When Definitions Matter: Marriage Regulation and the Protection of Young Women in Kyrgyzstan’
* Dr. Jarkyn Shadymanova (Bishkek Humanities University), ‘The problematization and politicization of underage marriages in Kyrgyzstan: discourse on new law’
* Dr. Aksana Ismailbekova (MPI, Halle), ‘ ‘
* Dr. Tommaso Trevisani (University of Naples), ‘Restructuring labor and workers’ families in a former Soviet steel plant: Axes of inequality and conjugality in industrial Kazakhstan’
* Dr. Juliette Cleuziou (University of Paris Nanterre),  ‘”If you’re not married here, you’re nothing at all”: Exploring gender, family, and power relations in marriage in Tajikistan’

Discussion PhD writings, 10-11 April 2017

 

MUSMAR work-in-progress meeting 27 February – 1 March 2017

* Eileen Moyer, Writing Workshop for PhD students, 1 March 2017
* Maaike Voorhoeve, ‘ ‘, 28 February 2017

Discussion PhD writings, 27-28 February 2017

 

MUSMAR work-in-progress meeting 23-25 January 2017

* Vanessa Vroon-Najem, ‘Making a documentary’, 24 Jan 2017
* Nadia Sonneveld, ‘Male and female judges dispensing justice in paternity cases in Morocco’, 24 Jan 2017

Discussion PhD writings, 23-25 January 2017

 

MUSMAR work-in-progress meeting 19-21 December2016

* Discussion ‘Writing Ethnography’ and ‘Theorizing Cases’, 20-21 Dec 2016

PhD fieldwork reports Dina Zbeidy and Jaafar Alloul, 19 Dec 2016

 

MUSMAR work-in-progress meeting  14-16 November 2016

* Martijn de Konoing, with Vanessa Vroon-Najem and Annelies Moors, ‘Contesting the Primacy of the State and Islamic Authority: the Multiple Meanings of Marriage in the Netherlands’, 16 Nov 2016.
* Iris Kolman, ‘Happily Unmarried in Tunisia: A Case Study of Extramarital Cohabitation in Tunis’, 16 Nov 2016
* Shifra Kisch, ‘Conversion as a Gift: Palestinian-Bedouin Grooms and Rumanian Brides’, 16 Nov 2016
* Annelies Moors and Vanessa Vroon-Najem, ‘Converts to Islam: Marriage, Well-being, and the Dutch Nation-State’, 16 Nov 2016

PhD Fieldwork reports: Annerienke Fioole, Rahma Bavelaar,  Ibtisam Sadeqh, 14-15 Nov 2016

 

Presentations at the Senior Research Symposium ‘Mixing and Matching: Trends in Muslim Marriages, 26 February 2016, University of Malta

Ibtisam Sadegh, Concluding Interfaith-Muslim Marriages in Ceuta

Annelies Moors, Problematizng ‘Islamic Marriages’ in the Netherlands

Julie McBrien, (Im)proper Marriage in Kyrgyzstan

This event was sponsored by the University of Malta’s Department of Anthropological Sciences in collaboration with the Civil Law Department of the Faculty of Law, organized by Professor Susan Hirsch and Dr. David Zammit

 

Session at the ACMES Research Convention, Amsterdam, 28 January 2015, ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’

Introduction: Julie McBrien

Presentations:

Annelies Moors, Islamic Marriages in the Netherlands: Beyond the Radicalisation Frame.

Vanessa Vroon-Najem, Conversion to Islam: What does marriage have to do with it?

Ibtisam Sadegh, Marriage Law, Marriage Stories: Muslims in Malta.

Annerienke Fioole, From Parenting to Marriage: Dealing with transgressions in Morocco?

Rahma Bavelaar, Framing Mixed Marriages in Egypt.

Dina Zbeidy, Marriage Controversies in Beirut: A Preliminary Note on Categorization.

 

PRESENTATIONS OF OUR RESEARCHERS (alphabetical last name):

Alloul, Jaafar, ‘Redefining Home: Transnational Practices of European Muslims in the United Arab Emirates and Montréal’, presentation at Zayed University, Dubai Campus, February 17, 2016.

Alloul, Jaafar. ‘Muslimness as Race in Europe: Grasping the Contours of Racial Transformation Through a Case Study on Emigration Motives of Second Generation Maghrebi-Muslims’, presentation at the ISSR/International Society for the Sociology of Religion Conference (Annual theme: ‘Religion, Cooperation and Conflict in Diverse Societies’; Panel: ‘Muslims and Race in Europe’), University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 6 July, 2017.

Alloul, Jaafar. ‘Between ‘Hijra’ and ‘Expat': Migratory Perceptions of the UAE among ‘Second Generation’ Maghrebi-Muslims in Europe’, presentation at the Annual GRM/Gulf Research Meeting (Panel: ‘The Arab Gulf in the West: Perceptions and Realities; Opportunities and Perils’), University of Cambridge, UK, 2 August, 2017.

Alloul, Jaafar. ‘Dubai as Heterotopia: Liminal Notes on the ‘Status Migration’ of European Maghrebi-Muslim Minority Publics to a ‘Cosmopolitan’ City’, presentation at Annual MESA/Middle East Studies Association conference (Panel: ‘Workers Across Borders: Labor, Migration, and Class’), Washington D.C., USA, 19 November 2017.

Bavelaar, Rahma, ‘Framing Mixed Marriages in Egypt’, presentation at the ACMES Research Convention, ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’m Amsterdam, 28 January 2015.

De Koning, Martijn ‘The Complexities of “Talking back”’,  Muslims ‘talk back’ to the racialization of danger, De Montfort University Law School, Leicester. 18 October 2017.

Fioole, Annerienke, ‘From Parenting to Marriage: Dealing with transgressions in Morocco?’, presentation at the ACMES Research Convention, ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’, Amsterdam, 28 January 2015.

Fioole, Annerienke, ‘Dealing With Inappropriate Intimacies: Resources for handling publicity, discretion and secrecy as a Moroccan couple,’ presentation at the International Workshop ‘The Means of Love in the Arab World: Pragmatics Beyond Norms and Transgressions’, Centre Jacques-Berque, Rabat, Morocco, 11-12 December 2015.

Kisch, Shifra, ‘New marriage preferences among deaf Bedouin women’, Gender studies department seminar, Ben-Gurion University, Beersheva. 10 March 2015.

Kisch, Shifra, ‘Marriage and language: Signing communities among the Naqab Bedouin’ Department seminar, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv. 23 March 2015.

Kisch, Shifra, ‘When subalterns become professionals’ , Closed door workshop on Comparative Settler-Colonialism , Columbia University NY. 10 April 2015

Kisch, Shifra, ‘Conversion as a Gift: Bedouin Grooms and Rumenian Brides,presentation at the International Conference Interfaith Love: Love, Sex and Marriage in the Islamicate World, Leiden University, June 22, 2016.

Kisch, Shifra. ‘Where is religion in marriage conversion? Juridical policy of sharia court in Israel
and the case of  Rumanian brides & Palestinian Bedouin grooms,’ Presentation at ‘Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’ conference, Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta, 20-21 March 2018.

Kisch, Shifra, Bavelaar, Rahma, Moors, Annelies, ‘Visuality and the politics of publicly staging ‘mixed couples’, Paper presented at ‘Islamic Visualities and In/Visibilities: Reimagining Public Citizenship,’ LUCIS annual conference, Leiden University, Dec. 2017.

Kisch, Shifra, ‘Mobility on the Margins: Palestinian students in Eastern-Europe,’ closed-door conference ‘Critical Transnational Perspectives: Flows and Networks in and beyond the Middle East and North Africa,’ Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Qatar,  Dec. 2017.

Kisch, Shifra, ‘Changing markers of mixed marriages,’ Paper presented at international conference ‘Power, Intimacy and the State: Mixed Families in Europe and Beyond,’ University of Amsterdam, 12 – 13 June 2017.

McBrien, Julie, ‘Religious Landscapes and Muslim Marriages in Kyrgyzstan,’ presentation at the Eurasian National University Astana, Kazakhstan, August 2013.

McBrien, Julie, ‘Dreams and Disillusions of young Kyrgyz Women’, paper presented at Social Science Research Colloquium, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, August 2013.

McBrien, Julie, ‘Problematic Marriages in Kyrgyzstan, presentation at the American University of Central Asia Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, September 10, 2015.

McBrien, Julie, ‘Conflicting matters of concern – bride abduction and human rights in Kyrgyzstan’, paper presented at the Conference ‘Development and Modernization in the (post)Soviet Periphery,’ University of Amsterdam and the Central Asia Program of the George Washington University, Leiden, September 25-26, 2015.

McBrien, Julie, ‘(Im)proper Marriage in Kyrgyzstan’, presentation at the Senior Research Symposium ‘Mixing and Matching: Trends in Muslim Marriages,University of Malta, February 26th, 2016.

McBrien, Julie, ‘Making Sense of Troubled Lives’. Presentation for the Program Group Globalizing Culture, University of Amsterdam, March 17, 2016.

McBrien, Julie, ‘Materializing Politics through Marriage’. Presentation for a joint seminar of the Department of Anthropology and the Gender Studies Department. European University Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia, May 11th, 2016.

McBrien, Julie, 2017, ‘On Choice in Bride Abduction’ Invited lecture given at the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Departmental Lecture Series,  21 March 2017.

McBrien, Julie, 2017, ‘The Tricky Matter of Defining Religion’  invited lecture given at the Central Asia Program, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Elliot School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 27 April 2017.

McBrien, Julie, 2017, ‘Difficult Research’ lecture given at the Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam,  12 October 2017.

Moors, Annelies, ‘Concluding Transnational Muslim Marriages: Concepts, Debates and Practices,’ presentation at the workshop on Transnational Muslim Marriages and Family Lives: Norms, Laws, and Wellbeing, held in London, City University, November 9-10, 2014.

Moors, Annelies, ‘Islamic Marriages in the Netherlands: Beyond the Radicalisation Frame’, presentation at the ACMES Research Convention,  ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’, Amsterdam, 28 January 2015.

Moors, Annelies, ‘”Islamic marriages”and secular rule: religion, sexuality and the public/private divide.’ ISA International Guest LectureInstitute for Social Anthropology (ISA) and Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, February 26, 2015.

Moors, Annelies, ‘Problematizing “Islamic Marriages” in the Netherlands’, presentation at the Senior Research Symposium ‘Mixing and Matching: Trends in Muslim Marriages, February 26th, 2016, University of Malta

Moors, Annelies, ‘Interfaith Relations, Love, and Marriage: A note on Concepts’, keynote presentation at the International Conference Interfaith Love: Love, Sex and Marriage in the Islamicate World, Leiden University, June 22, 2016

Moors, Annelies and Vanessa Vroon-Najem, ‘Converts, marriage, and the Dutch nation-state: Contestations about gendered well-being’, paper presented at the workshop ‘Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law and Gender’ organized by the Academic of Finland and CIMEL, SOAS, London, 29 November 2016.

Moors, Annelies, Koning, Martijn de, Vroon-Najem, Vanessa, ‘Concluding a Muslim Marriage in the Netherlands.  Controversy, Criminalisation and Contestations’,  Presentation at the conference ‘Unregistered Muslim Marriages’, De Montfort University, Leicester, 24-25 April 2017

Moors, Annelies, ‘The shifting grounds of “diversity politics”: a note on bias, transparency, positionality and surveillance’, thinkpiece presented at Seminar What Is The Matter With Diversity, University of Amsterdam, 9-10 May 2017.

Moors, Annelies, ‘Problems with Regularising Religious Marriages,’ Keynote speech of the conference ‘Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’, University of Malta, 20-21 March 2018.

Nisa, Eva F., ‘The Bureaucratisation of Muslim Marriage in Indonesia’, presentation at the EuroSEAS Conference, University of Vienna, Austria, August 10-14th, 2015.

Nisa, Eva, ‘The Shari’a Compliancy Craze: Changes in Matchmaking Trends among Malaysian Muslims’, presentation at University of Otago, Dunedin, August 19, 2016.

Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Marriage Law, Marriage Stories: Muslims in Malta’, presentation at the ACMES Research Convention, ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’, Amsterdam, 28 January 2015.

Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Concluding Interfaith-Muslim Marriages in Ceuta’, presentation at the Senior Research Symposium ‘Mixing and Matching: Trends in Muslim Marriages, University of Malta, February 26th, 2016.

Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Concluding Interfaith-Muslim Marriages in Ceuta’, presentation at the International Conference Interfaith Love: Love, Sex and Marriage in the Islamicate World, Leiden University, June 22, 2016.

Vroon-Najem, Vanessa, ‘Conversion to Islam: What does marriage have to do with it?’ Presentation at the ACMES Research Convention, ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’, Amsterdam, 28 January 2015.

Vroon-Najem, Vanessa, ‘Pious Sociality and Ethical Communality in the Context of Conversion to Islam‘. Presentation at conference Investigating conversions to Islam: Which approaches in social sciences?’ Sciences Po, Paris, 15-16 February 2016.

Vroon-Najem, Vanessa, ‘Conversion to Islam: Marriage and mobility’, Presentation at the LOVA Conference ‘Ethnographies of Gender & Mobility’ + screening video portrait from visual project ‘Marrying Before Allah – Personal Stories of Converts’, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 7 July 2017.

Vroon-Najem, Vanessa, Presentation ‘”Hoofddoeken en Mannenjurken”’ + preview video fragments from exhibition/documentary ‘Marrying Before Allah – Personal Stories of Converts’, Presentation at symposium ‘New Fashion Narratives’, Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, 01 September 2017.

Vroon-Najem, Wilgenburg, Wendy van , Moors, Annelies , ‘Public Displays of Intimate Choices: Filming Conversations about Finding a Partner and Getting Married, with Converts to Islam in the Netherlands’ & screening two video-portraits from the  exhibition ‘Marrying Before Allah – Personal Stories of Converts, Presentation at conference ‘Islamic Visualities and (In)Visualities: Reimagining Public Citizenship?’, Leiden University, 13 December 2017.

Sadegh, Ibtisam and Zammit, David, ‘Legitimizing Maltese Muslim Marriages’, presentation at the conference Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, Leicester, 25 April 2017.

Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Can Third Country Nationals Access their Universal Right to Marry in Malta?’ presentation at the workshop ‘Europe, Fundamental Rights and Private Law in Malta,’ at conference ‘European Dimensions of Individual Economic Status’, University of Malta, 3 July 2017.


Sadegh, Ibtisam, ‘Problematizing Interfaith Marriages in Ceuta,’ presentation at the conference ‘Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’, University of Malta, 20-21 March 2018.

Zbeidy, Dina. ‘Marriage Controversies in Beirut: A Preliminary Note on Categorization’, presentation at the ACMES Research Convention,  ‘Marriage controversies: Public Debates and Lived Experiences’, Amsterdam, 28 January 2015.

Zbeidy, Dina. ‘Love, Age, Magic and Mothers: Civil Society and Refugees in Jordan Talk about Marriage’, presentation at the second Mada al-Carmel conference for PhD students, Nazareth, 15 April 2016.

Zbeidy, Dina. ‘Problematizing Marriage Registration in Jordan: Identities, Legalities, and Customs’, presentation at conference Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, Leicester, 25 April 2017.

Zbeidy, Dina. ‘Marriages among Syrians Refugees in Jordan: between Discourses of Oppression and Aspiration’, presentation at the John Hopkins Graduate Conference Enacting Aspiration, Baltimore, 30 April 2017 (online presentation).

Zbeidy, Dina. ‘Making a New Home: Marriage as Aspiration among Syrian Refugees in Jordan,’ PACSA Conference, The Making of Peace, Conflict and Security: Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion, 28 August 2017.

Zbeidy, Dina. ‘Marriage Practices and Discourses among Palestinians in Jordan: Legalities, Space, and Senses of Belonging,’ presentation at the AAA Conference, Washington DC, 1 December 2017.

 

 

 

 

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