Previous activities

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

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: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/about-dmu/schools-and-departments/leicester-de-montfort-law-school/events/unregistered-muslim-marriages-regulations-and-contestations.aspx

For the detailed Call for Papers see <a href=”http://religionresearch.org/musmar2014/files/2016/09/CFP-Unregistered-Marriages-Symposium-April-2017.pdf”>cfp-unregistered-marriages-symposium-april-2017</a>

 

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.

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.

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.

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, February 26th, 2016, University of Malta

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. May 11th, 2016. European University Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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, ‘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.

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

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, February 26th, 2016, University of Malta

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.

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.

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