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The Diaspora Strikes Back

The Diaspora Strikes Back

Lived religion, arts and activism among Sikh and Muslim millennials in Europe

Key contacts: Dr William Barylo

Funding: British Academy

Start date: 01.09.2018

End date: 31.08.2021

Project overview

Previous research has demonstrated how faith-based grassroots initiatives are cradles for the development of an active form of citizenship and alternative forms of democracy. Safe spaces of expression and resistance to modern hegemonies through their collective dimension, their focus the environment, mental health and arts. This research focuses on Sikh and Muslim organisations in Paris and London, involved in different community programmes and in the public sphere. The project assesses their various modes of engagement and how they articulate their culture and religion in everyday life with their contemporary challenges for becoming spaces for healing, growth and self-determination.