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Année 2016-2017

2016/12/15-16 : Workshop on "Islam in the Balkans Research Perspectives 30 Years after L’islam balkanique – In Memory of Alexandre Popovic (1931-2014)"

EHESS, salle Lombard,

96, Bd Raspail, 75006 Paris

Organised by Xavier Bougarel (CNRS, CETOBAC) Nathalie Clayer (CNRS-EHESS, CETOBAC) Fabio Giomi (CNRS, CETOBAC)



9.00 > 9.30


9.30 > 12.30

Panel 1: Religion and spirituality

Discussant: Marc Gaborieau (EHESS)

  • Armina Omerika (Goethe University)

Islamic theology and the Balkan Muslim studies

  • Gianfranco Bria (University of Calabria, CETOBAC)

Celebrating Sultan Newruz between theological debate and multi-framed practice in contemporary Albania

  • Marie-Laure Boursin (CNRS, IDEMEC)

The “resurgence” of Bulgarian hatim? What the Ottoman and communist past makes to the ritual

  • Cecilie Endresen (University of Oslo)

Floating Islam: Islamic referents and Muslim identities in Albanian New Age spirituality

12.30 > 14.00 Lunch

14.00 > 17.00

Panel 2: Rethinking institutions

Discussant: Bernard Lory (INALCO)

  • Arolda Elbasani (European University Institute)

Accommodating Islam and religious pluralism in new democracies

  • Philippe Gelez (University of Paris-Sorbonne)

Muslims and land in Bosnia, 19th c.: from fiscality to territoriality

  • Gilles de Rapper (CNRS, IDEMEC)

Kinship and family in Communist Albania: photography as a source, a tool and an object of


  • Nathalie Clayer (CNRS-EHESS, CETOBAC)

De-centering the study of Islamic official institutions in the Balkans

17.30 > 19.00


“Balkan Islam”, “peripheral Islam” and “European Islam” with Marc Gaborieau (EHESS) and Constant Hamès (EHESS)


9.30 > 12.30

Panel 3: Circulations and mobilisations

Discussant: Tassos Anastassiadis (École Française d’Athènes, McGill University)

  • Konstantinos Tsitselikis (University of Macedonia)

Muslims of Greece: mobilizing for the impossible?

  • Xavier Bougarel (CNRS, CETOBAC)

The Reis and the veil: a religious controversy in interwar Bosnia-Herzegovina

  • Kerem Öktem (University of Graz)

Turkey’s moment in the Balkans: From ‘primus inter pares’ to the leadership of Islam?

  • Iva Lučić (University of Uppsala)

The Political Elevation Process of Muslims in Socialist Yugoslavia

12.30 > 14.00 Lunch

14.00 > 16.00

Panel 4: Gender, body and sexuality

Discussant: Jocelyne Dahlia (EHESS)

  • Ina Merdjanova (Trinity College Dublin)

Muslim women in the Balkans between nationalism, transnationalism, and neoliberalism

  • Fabio Giomi (CNRS, CETOBAC)

Exploring the intersection between gender and Islam in Southeastern Europe: the case of the

Muslims of Yugoslavia

  • Piro Rexhepi (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

European borders and Arab others: the racial and gendered hierarchies of Balkan Islam

16.30 > 18.00

Documentary screening

Bosnian Muslim Women’s rituals. Bulas singing, reciting and teaching in Sarajevo

Catharina Raudvere and Zilka Spahić-Šiljak, 2016, 59 min

The screening will be followed by a debate with Catharina Raudvere (University of Copenhagen).

Discussant: Jean-Claude Penrad (EHESS)


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