Active citizenship of Muslims in Australia and Germany

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Thursday 24 September 2015

Dr Mario Peucker will present selected findings from the recently concluded research project on active citizenship of Muslims in Australia and Germany.

Based on in-depth interviews with self-declared Muslims who have been actively engaged in various forms of civic and political participation in Australia and Germany, this study revealed the enormous complexity and diversity of Muslims’ active citizenship in both countries.

The presentation will focus on some key findings of this international comparative study:

  • How does Muslims’ participation unfolds over time?
  • What goals do active Muslims pursue with their civic and political engagement?
  • How do they perceive and respond to experiences of exclusion and the prevalent Muslim-sceptical or hostile public climate?
  • What role does their Islamic faith play for their active participation?

The answers to these questions are often quite surprising and fundamentally question some widespread myths about Muslims’ citizenship in Western liberal democracies.

About the speaker

Dr Mario Peucker is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing (Victoria University). He has carried numerous research projects, both in Europe and Australia, in the area of cultural and religious diversity, exclusion and citizenship since 2003 and has been invited to consultations with, among others:

  • the UN Special Rapporteur on Racism
  • the Council of Europe
  • the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
  • the Australian Commission for Human Rights.

In the past five years his research focussed especially on Muslims’ civic and political participation in Australia and other western countries. 

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24 September 2015, 4:00pm to 5:00pm