Muslims, Trust andCultural DialogueProfessor Peter MoreyUniversity of East Londonp.firstname.lastname@example.org
Muslims Trust and CulturalDialogue Builds on work of AHRC Framing MuslimsInternational network 2007-2010 Interdisciplinary 3 Spheres: Culture and Arts Politics and Society Business and FinanceQuestions of philosophical, psychosocial etc.nature, but also practical instances of trustand mistrust
Interdisciplinary methodologye.g. the work of Erving Goffman (see The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life;Stigma; Frame Analysis; Forms of Talk etc.) ‘How does social reality sustain itself?’ through valorised performances that mustbe recognised in context of existingstatus hierarchy. These lead to mutualacceptance within the system.Contemporary ‘Muslim controversies’ alwaysfocused on types of performance, then readagainst political and cultural orientation.Performances allow difference to be fetishised.
Importance of Framing and Mediation inCulture and Literature Types of representation take their cue fromthe overarching frame. E.g. press, film, television, internet as wellas literature and visual artsIn Literature:1. Writing as an act of framingbut takes place within2. Agenda-led frame (the perennialissues of concern about Muslims, such aslack of integration and ‘honour killing’ etc.)‘Meaning’ emerges as a third level framethrough interaction of 1 and 2.
Questions of Cultural Value Two books: Islamophobia and the Novel(Columbia) and Muslims, the West and theQuestion of Trust (Harvard) – discursiveconstructions of cultural difference affectsquestions of value. Need to reinsert ‘culture’ into debates onmulticulturalism in a meaningful (non-instrumentalised) way. Recognise the interplay of text and context increating meaning and attributing cultural value. Emphasis on play of imagination and desire increating the imagined worlds of cultural texts (andthus understanding them as social acts incontext). Need for a new ethics of intercultural engagement