James Hodkinson

Why I am 'shadowing Ramadan.'

An Exercise in the Art of Empathy.

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As an academic, I always go back to my books. One in particular, an 1819 collection of poems, the West-Eastern Divan by the German poet Goethe, is a unique work of European literature dedicated to the cultures and religions of the Middle East – chiefly to Islam. In the collection, the lyrical voice of the poems enters into a . . .

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May 08, 2019

New Chairs for the Classroom

Impacting Secondary Schools with MFL Research

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If you run an internet search on the Hafez-Goethe Monument - the Hafis-Goethe Denkmal - in Weimar, Germany, Google Images will present you with the usual wall of photographs of the two granite chairs that I have often written about here. Yet so many of the images reveal how the site has been added to or modified over the years: . . .

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August 30, 2017

Moving Chairs

- or Engaging Diverse Publics with Academic Research on the History of Islam

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I’ve been thinking a lot about chairs recently. No, I’ve not been drooling over IKEA’s latest designs, and nor am I getting down with the urban middle classes by up-cycling discarded chairs from thrift stores to give my house that shabby-chic look. Anyone who’s been following this blog will know the growing importance to my work of . . .

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May 08, 2016

'Doing' impact and 'having' impact.

Taking the ‘Trans-nationalizing Faith’ Project at Warwick University off campus.

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A longer entry this time as I have been buried in various projects of late and have not written here for a while. This year I am on sabbatical from the start of October 2015 through to May 2016. It’s a chance to move my own publications forward, in particular my book-length study of Islam in pre-twentieth century German culture, . . .

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December 05, 2015


Some thoughts between the headlines.

Interim: Some thoughts between the headlines, November 13, 2015

I have just returned from the German Studies Association of Ireland meeting at NUIG (Galway), which ran 13-14 November. There we had a fascinating lead panel dedicated to Islam in German culture: I opened the proceedings talking about how different discourses in German . . .

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November 16, 2015

Islam, the West and the cherry picking of history?

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Recently at Warwick University we held a fantastic three-day academic conference dedicated to the broad topic of Iran and the West. It brought together scholars from the UK, Iran, Israel, the US, and the contributions criss-crossed through the academic disciplines of history, history of art, literary studies, sociology, gender . . .

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July 09, 2015

On talking about difference - and talking differently.

Islam, (me) and the Lessons of German History.

The last week of January was Discover Islam Week at Warwick University. As part of a campus-wide series of events the Islamic Society invited me talk to them about my own journey of discovery into Islam. And as the series of talks was called 'Islam and Me' this meant talking not only about Islam from a German perspective, but also, as . . .

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February 08, 2015


Cover image credit: http://Photo by James Hodkinson.

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