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2018 ICSI Public Lecture: Nilüfer Göle

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Johnson/Kaplan Auditorium 63 5th Ave, New York, NY

The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry will open part of its programming to the public – a series of lectures taught by this Summer's faculty cohort of Richard J. Bernstein (NSSR), Nilüfer Göle (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), and Jean and John Comaroff (Harvard University).

Nilüfer Göle's lecture is entitled "Islam in the (Un) Making of A European Public Square."

Islam is played out in new migrant subjectivities, embodied practices, and aesthetic forms; it is reinterpreted and enacted by "ordinary Muslims" in the everyday life of European cities. The visibility of Muslims in public life unsettles the established spatial boundaries and has a disruptive effect on prevalent secular norms. A series of controversies around Islamic praxis, namely covering, praying, dietary habits, halal lifestyles, and the representation of sacred figures, have set the public agendas of Euroeapn politics during the last three decades. This lecture attempts to open up the debate on the future of the European public sphere in its confrontational encounters with EuroIslam.

About the Institute:
The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) is designed to provide advanced graduate students and junior faculty from around the world with the opportunity to spend one week at the New School’s campus in Greenwich Village working closely with some of the most distinguished thinkers shaping the course of contemporary social inquiry. Each of these scholars will teach a week-long seminar on a foundational thinker or topic of contemporary concern in a series of hands-on, intensive, and intimate sessions.

Sponsored by The New School for Social Research.

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