Jana Glaese

Jana C. Glaese is a graduate student in Sociology at the New School for Social Research, New York. She also received an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. Her first research project examined the creation of Islamic Theology as an academic discipline at public German universities. She is interested in secularism, nationalism, and management of 'the religious' within public institutions, especially in schools and universities.

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Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Queer faiths: Can conversions uncover and unsettle racialized religion?

Journalists, politicians and even scholars in Europe commonly use the word “Muslim” to refer not to religion, but to a person’s national origin, ethnicity, migration background, and incomplete membership in the national imaginary. This slippage happens as religion is used as an overarching category to speak about Maghrebi and Turkish migrants, and as immigration, Islam, and delinquency are consistently mentioned in the same breath, even in governmental studies. The conflation of religious and racial categories is important to understand because it pertains to a wider tendency of veiling anti-immigrant and racist sentiments in a language of cultural critique. It also makes one wonder whether the secular ideal of separating religion, culture, and politics is unfulfilled, if not hypocritical.

But how exactly does religion become akin to a racial category? And how can we unravel their association?

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Friday, August 21st, 2015

Faith caught between racism and resistance

On June 16, a young white man motivated by white supremacist ideologies entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic black Church in Charleston South Carolina, and murdered 9 of its congregants.

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Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

A View from the Margins of the Banlieue

What light does the experience of Salafi Muslim women shed on satire mocking Islam and Muslims?

New Directions in the Study of Prayer grantee Z. Fareen Parvez takes up this question in her recent article on the place of female Muslim piety in contemporary France.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

How will the same-sex marriage ruling affect religious liberty?

On Friday, June 28, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. The Court’s ruling overturns restrictions on same-sex marriages in 13 states. While many have celebrated the landmark ruling—which was announced just before last weekend’s gay pride events in cities nationwide—the decision has also sparked concerns about the […]

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