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Call for papers: 'Imagined Borders, Epistemic Freedoms'

24 June 2019


The NWO-funded international consortium SIMAGINE, running over a period of three years from July 2017 to July 2020, is a platform for research exchange that has launched a research program combining theoretical and empirical methods. It aims to explore the role of social imaginaries in urban and digital spaces within a globalizing world, characterized by what has been called in recent scholarship super-diversity. 


Simagine is hosted by the University of Humanistic Studies, and coordinated by prof. Laurens ten Kate and prof. Hans Alma (Free University of Brussels). It consists of 11 European, African and American partner universities. The researchers published the volume Social Imaginaries in A Globalizing World, edited by Hans Alma and Guido Vanheeswijck (Berlin: De Gruyter Publishers: ).


On January 8 to 11 2020, Simagine will organize a conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, hosted by one of its partner institutes, The Centre for Media, Religion & Culture: Imagined Borders, Epistemic Freedoms. The Challenge of Social Imaginaries in Media, Art, Religion and Decoloniality.


PDF fileTake a look at the Announcement and Call for Papers.
All submissions very welcome!

About Simagine

Laurens ten Kate and Hans Alma of the University of Humanistic Studies received a grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to develop an international research consortium that will conduct research on the concept of social imaginaries. The project is called 'Social Imaginaries between Secularity and Religion in a Globalizing World'. 


The delicate relationship between religion and secular modernity is an exemplary element of 21st century societies: of their social and cultural 'super- diversity’ caused by globalization. The many encounters and  confrontations within and between groups and individuals refer to what has been coined as their social imaginaries. These are shared implicit sets of assumptions, often involving moral or religious claims about the society one is part of: claims about the values of society and about how it should be organized. Social imaginaries do not refer to explicit doctrines or beliefs but to the concrete and contingent way communities imagine their background assumptions and ideals. Hence, social imaginaries are ‘lived spaces’ in which people share as well as contest the meaning of their existence.


The central research question of the project is: What can the concept of social imaginaries contribute to the analysis − in current cultural theory, religious studies and globalization theory −of societies that are interculturally super-diverse and display complex blends of existential frameworks, with both secular and religious features?

 

Starting from this question the project  develops its research along theoretical and empirical lines, focusing on social imaginaries in urban and in virtual environments against the background of globalization. SIMAGINE is an international research consortium of 11 relevant partners forming an interdisciplinary network, that aims for joint research and academic as well as public interventions and publications, for the organization of seminars and symposia, and for a larger fully elaborated application in 2019.

On January 8 to 11 2020, Simagine will organize a conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, hosted by one of its partner institutes, The Centre for Media, Religion & Culture: Imagined Borders, Epistemic Freedoms. The Challenge of Social Imaginaries in Media, Art, Religion and Decoloniality. Take a look at the Announcement and Call for Papers.