Europe's Muslim Question?

13 Oct 2017


October 13th, 2017
9 am - 5 pm
4130 Posvar Hall

In this one-day symposium, invited scholars will discuss the “Muslim Question” in contemporary Europe. Since 9/11, European public debates have increasingly casted local Muslim populations not only as a security threat, but also in opposition to the secular and liberal values considered foundational for a European identity.

The symposium will investigate how successive public debates and the policies they have enabled have deployed specific languages of liberalism and secularism as well as European Muslim responses to these debates. Do they defend their presence by employing some of the liberal languages Europe champions as its own or do they seek to employ alternative languages that refuse the discursive framework in which Islam has been placed? And in these different responses, what roles do creative forms of expression, such as cinema, music, or literature play?

Attendance is free and open to the public, though advanced registration is required. Remote participation in all sessions is also possible using videoconferencing technology.* See here for a complete list of panels and register at the link below.


Special thanks to our co-sponsor, the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies (CERIS)

*Note: remote participation is possible with your personal computer, smart phone, or tablet. Some hardware and software requirements do exist. We use a service called BlueJeans ( to facilitate the connections. If you wish to participate remotely, register early for information on how to connect and plan on testing your connection in advance of the event.

Event Date: 
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sponsored By: 
European Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, CERIS
Allyson Delnore,
4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (all available online)
Target Audience: 
Higher Education
Presenter Type: 
Faculty of Institution
Visiting Scholar/Faculty