Rocking Islam: Music and the Making of New Muslim Identities 2018 Workshop

Freiburg University  –  Call for Papers

Centre for Popular Cultures and Music

 International Workshop

 ROCKING ISLAM:  Music and the Making of New Muslim Identities

27 – 29 September 2018 in Freiburg/Germany

Deadline                  : 10 February 2018

Event Date              : 27 – 29 September 2018

Location                  : Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg / Freiburg University

Organisation            : Zentrum für Populäre Kultur und Musik / Centre for Popular Cultures and Music Freiburg

Convener                : Dr Fatma Sagir – Contact:

Young Muslims shape their identities and their everyday lifestyle while negotiating different aspects of youth culture such as fashion, music and New/Social Media. Much has been written and said about Muslim youth and/or terrorism, extremism and other ways of radicalisation. This international workshop however, seeks to direct the focus to young Muslims and popular culture. The two-day workshop seeks to look into the subject of music as a key tool for expressions of criticism, creating new cultures, shaping identities while following key questions such as: In what way is Music key to make diversity visible (audible)? How does Music shape young Muslim identity? We are open to samples from a variety of field of research such as:

  • Representation in Digital Culture
  • Representation in Media/New/Social Media
  • Aesthetic aspects of identity formation and music
  • Regional phenomena
  • Music styles and genres

We invite paper presentations (15-20 min), workshops (90 min) or posters from different fields and disciplines such as Cultural Studies, Cultural and Social Anthropology, History, Theology, Religious Studies, Media Studies, Musicology, Music Ethnology and others. We are open to a variety of methods, theoretical approaches and topics as we wish to bring together researchers and build an international and transdisciplinary network for future research. This workshop aims to give a starting platform. The workshop proceedings will be published as an edited volume or special issue.

 Please send a 300 word abstract and a short CV (no more than 100 words) with a list of publications (word or pdf file) to

 Deadline for submission is 10 February 2018. Applicants will be notified by 1 March 2018.

If necessary, we provide (on application) limited funding for accommodation and travel expenses for early career/low income participants.

For further information and other enquiries contact Fatma Sagir

Institute for Cultural Anthropology / EE – Institut für Kulturanthropologie

Centre for Popular Cultures and Music – Zentrum für Populäre Kulturen und Musik