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Call For Papers: Ten years after – The Muhammad Cartoons

May 3, 2015

In September I will be one of the keynote speakers at a conference in Copenhagen on the Muhammad Cartoon Controversy. I hope some of those following this blog will be able to join us.

In September I will be one of the keynote speakers at a conference in Aalborg, Denmark on the Muhammad Cartoon Controversy. We’re looking for people to join us.

Call for papers: Ten Years After-The Muhammad Cartoon Controversy – Perspectives, Reflections and Challenges

Aalborg, September 28-29, 2015

Ten years have gone since the Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten decided to publish 12 Muhammad cartoons of the prophet Muhammad as cartoonists ‘imagined him’.

The cartoons and the stories about them led to violence that cost the lives of 150 people. Denmark’s reputation abroad and export to Arab speaking countries were severely impacted.

In addition, the publication of the cartoons and the events following have affected the opportunities of immigrants, who experience being stigmatized and not fully allowed to be Danes. Many Danes have had their ideas of womanhood among Muslims re-enforced, ideas of incompatible values have been strengthened, and the debate about freedom of speech reified.

For many non-Western Muslims, the cartoon story has become an icon of Western arrogance and hatred towards Islam. Their anger came from a deep sense that they are not respected, that they and their most cherished feelings are “fair game.”

New research suggest that increased racial discrimination and enforcement of racial-cultural logics of belonging facilitates mobilization of minority youth groups to crime, violence, political activism, carelessness and terrorism. This development exposes a “schismogenetic” process that merits academic attention analysis and solutions.

Some of the questions for the conference:

  • How is the gap between “the academics” and “the politicals” being played out?
  • Is there a gap between the understanding of the crisis in Denmark and abroad?
  • What are the differences in the debates about Islam in contemporary Denmark and other non-Muslim countries?
  • Ten years after – did the insult, the ridicule, and the mocking lead to a better society?
  • How does the cartoon story relate to the moralization of Danish society and the emergence of online social media?
  • How are democratic values and free speech affected ten years after by the spread of Islamophobia, policies, and confrontational news media coverage and debate?

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Please send your title, abstract, affiliation and contact information before 28 August via

Please send correspondence to Peter Hervik:

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