The Divinity School at the University of Chicago, in conjunction with the Niagara Foundation, as part of its continuous commitment to groundbreaking research and critical reflection, announces an interdisciplinary conference on the "Gulen Movement" to be held on **11,12,13 November 2010**. The Gulen movement is a human welfare movement rooted in the teachings of M. Fethullah Gulen, originating in Turkey with operations in education, interfaith dialogue, and social services across the world. The conference aims to take the Gulen movement out of the context of daily politics and discourse, and bring it into the scope of academic study.
There have been a number of fruitful discussions and conferences concerning different aspects of the Gulen movement in recent years. Relatively few attempts, however, have been made to produce a comprehensive synthesis of scholarly perspectives on the movement which integrates: an understanding of the movement's core values, principles, and philosophy of social action; an analysis of the kinds of projects it sponsors; and an attempt to identify and assess critically the movement's more concrete short-term and long-term aspirations for its operation both in Turkey and abroad.
"The Gulen Movement: Paradigms, Projects, and Aspirations" is proposed as a conference to encourage scholarly research into the questions articulated above, as well as many more. It is to be interdisciplinary in nature so that the work of the conference can begin to draw important connections between analyses of the movement from different disciplines.
Authors should submit an abstract (approximately 250 words) and a short biography by **June 15, 2010**. The editorial committee will review the abstracts and respond to submitters by July 15, 2010. Authors should submit complete papers by September 15, 2010.
Please refer to www.chicagogulenconference.org for more information.
Venue, Travel and Accomodation
The conference will be held in Chicago, IL, US. Information regarding lodging, travel and venues are posted on the conference website. Travel and accomodation expenses of the invited presenters including airport pickups, meals, and organized sightseeing trips will be met by the organizing committee. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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