ANN: Muslims: a European History, 16th-21st century - Sciences Po Research Seminar in European History

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January 1, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies


Muslims: a European History 16th-21st c.

Sciences Po seminar in European History organized by David Do Paço


For the second consecutive year, the CHSP European History Seminar explores the social lives of Muslims in early modern and modern European societies. It fits in with the preliminary works of ESLAM (European Societies in the Light of Apolitical Muslims) and is open to established scholars, junior researchers and Ph.D. and master degree’s students in history and social sciences. 

The seminar develops a history of the Muslims in Europe and from Europe. It explores their social, cultural, religious, generational and gender diversity in order to better understand the evolution of the European societies in which they were actors. It accounts for a major historiographical renewal and supports the shift from intellectual and religious history of Islam to the history of the Muslims in Christian-ruled or secularized European states. It opts for a comparative approach and works over a long period of time. It discusses a state-of-the-art almost exclusively focused on the imperial and colonial past of the European states, and it challenges the narratives and politics of remembrance of a certain Europe that has been elaborated, described and celebrated as exclusively Judeo-Christian. Located at the crossroads between different and diverse regional areas, it examines individual or collective Muslim actors, the variety of their circles of social belonging, the identities they proposed or were assigned to, and the public policies that discriminated, protected or ignored them. This seminar also develops a thematic approach that places Muslims in a broader history of political institutions, migration, labor, gender, cities or memories of a Europe that is never circumscribed to its Western states. Finally, this seminar aims to bring historians of early modern and modern Europe into dialogue with each other and with the diversity of social sciences.

Zoom seminar. Please contact David Do Paço to participate: 


September 25, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) 

Muslims in France: a book presentation

Ian Coller (University of California, Irvine)

Muslims and Citizens: Islam, Politics and the French Revolution (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020)

Discussant: Nadia Marzouki (Sciences Po, Ceri)


October 23, 2020 (2:00 pm – 5:30 pm) 

Imperial gateway cities: SciencesPo-Ciera joint-session

Massimo Rospocher (Istituto Storico Italo-Germanico, Trento)

            Trento: Mobility and Sociability in an Early Modern Transit City 

Giulia Delogu (Ca’ Foscari) and Antonio Trampus (Ca’ Foscari)

Places of Negotiation in Port Cities: the cases of Trieste, Fiume and Pola (18th-19th Centuries)

Raluca Muresan (Bulac et Sciences Po)

Theater and Risotto All-in-One: a New Architectural Typology in Central Europe (ca. 1750-ca 1815)


November 13, 2020 (2:00 pm – 5:00 pm) 

Muslim Captives in Europe and the Mediterranean 

Cesare Santus (Université de Louvain, FNRS)

            Le Turc à Livourne. Rencontres avec l’Islam dans la Toscane du dix-septième siècle.

M’hamed Oualdi (Sciences Po, CHSP and ERC Slave voices)

           Les deniers esclaves maghrébins en Europe (fin XVIIIe-début XIXe siècle)


February 12, 2021 (2pm – 5 pm)

Urban mixing

Zeynep Arslan (Ruhr Universität, Bochum)

The Ottoman Subjects’ Mobility throughout the Habsburg Hereditary Lands in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries: Preliminary Findings on Characteristics.

Pierre Joffre (EHESS)

A ‘popular’ neighbourhood? About the nominal lists of the 1926 census on a fragment of the 18th arrondissement of Paris


March 5, 2021 (9:00am -7:00pm)

The Muslim Memories of Europe: Circulation and Politics of Remembrance (Sciences Po-PIMo joint workshop)

Organized by David Do Paço (Sciences Po, CHSP)


March 12, 2021 (2:30pm-4:30pm)

Gender and Islam: a book presentation

Fabio Giomi (CNRS, Cetobac)

Making Muslim Women European. Voluntary associations, gender and Islam in post-Ottoman Bosnia and Yugoslavia (Budapest: CEU, 2020)


April 16, 2021 (2:30pm-5:30pm)

Islam in Early Modern Europe: Intellectual and Material approaches

Ana Struillou (EUI, HEC Department)

L'objet du scandale : regards sur la culture matérielle des voyageurs musulmans dans la Méditerranée occidentale (XVIe-XVIIe siècles)

Devin Vartija (EHESS)

           From Idolatry to Superstition: Enlightenment Discourses on Islam


April 29, 2021 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm)

Between Islam and Europe: a Book Presentation

E. Natalie Rothman (University of Toronto)

The Dragoman Renaissance: Diplomatic Interpreters and the Routes of Orientalism (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2021)

Discussant: Guillaume Calafat (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IHMC)


May 14, 2021 (2:30pm-5:30pm)

Global Muslims

Rahul Markovitz (ENS, IHMC)

Un cosmopolitisme musulman à l'âge des révolutions ? Le voyage vers Londres des fils du nawab de Bharuch

Isabelle Linais (Sciences Po)

            Le pèlerinage à La Mecque des musulmans d’Asie centrale à l’époque soviétique.

Contact Info: 

David Do Paço, Sciences Po, CHSP, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, F-75337 Paris Cedex 07

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