Carmen Becker

Dr Carmen Becker is postdoctoral researcher in the study of religion at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. As well as her current project working with Syrian forced migrants in Germany, she has worked extensively on contemporary constructions of Salafism, and is particularly engaged with the critical study of religion, category formation, power dynamics and so on.

Contributions by Carmen Becker

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The 'secular', the 'religious', and the 'refugee' in Germany

Ever since the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ of 2015, the ‘refugee’ in Germany has been constructed in a variety of ways that are implicated in specific co-constitutive notions of the ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ that exert symbolic power by naturalizing certain notions of the religious and thereby the secular while excluding others and feeding back into the subject formation (or subjectivation) of people classified as ‘refugees’. In this process certain positions are produced as hegemonic while others are classified as not acceptable (e.g., “radical”, “not European” or “anti-humanist”).

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