The so-called »refugee crisis« has made clear that derogatory attitudes towards Islam and Muslims are very common in some Eastern European countries and even lead to political demands that are incompatible with the democratic requirement of religious freedom and EU anti-discrimination rules. With the increasing migration of Muslims against the background of globalization and conflicts in the Middle East, and the threat perceived by the Christian or non-religious majority population, the peaceful coexistence of people of different cultures and religions is in danger.
There is still a considerable research gap regarding Islamophobia in Eastern Europe. This applies both to the knowledge of universal theories, for example, from sociology and social psychology as well as empirical robust material from quantitative and qualitative social research.
Against this background the workshop aims to address the following questions:
1.) What forms and manifestations of Islamophobia exist in Eastern European countries at the level of attitudes, behaviors, media and political contexts?
2.) How has Islamophobia developed historically in Eastern Europe?
3.) Which theories at the micro-, meso- and macro-social level explain Islamophobia in Eastern Europe?
In the abstract (1 – 2 pages), the applicants are invited to clarify the research questions in their paper, the theories they use, and the results of which empirical research they will discuss.
The contributors are also asked to publish a short summary of their paper online after the workshop (max 8 pages).
The submission deadline is the 15th of August 2017. Approved contributors can have their travel expenses reimbursed up to 350 Euros by Leibniz-ScienceCampus „Eastern Europe – Global Area“ (EEGA).
Please submit your abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org.