"Workshop on Islamists and Local Politics"

13-15 June 2017

Brastad, Sweden




Political science, media, and policy analysis of Islamist movements and the Middle East more broadly, often concentrate on national politics and major urban areas. A growing body of political science research is now drawing attention to the significance of political organization, mobilization and contestation taking place outside major cities, with recent research focusing on the following questions: How do local/community conditions relate to the emergence and strengthening of Islamist movements, and what is the nature of these movements? Do we see the strengthening of Islamist movements in conditions with unresponsive local-level state actors, poor service delivery, and/or little political participation? Or do such movements actually help to mobilize support, participation and engagement in local level politics?  Do the political and ideological orientations of Islamist movements in the provinces differ systematically from those in the urban core?  How do different strands of Islamism, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafist movements or Sufi orders, perform at the local level? In “mixed” communities (e.g., Muslim/Christian as found in much of SubSaharan Africa), when do we find cooperative community relations and where do we find segregated practices?  When do local Islamist movements tend to inflame or to suppress radicalization towards violent extremism? In an effort to explore these questions related to Islamist politics at the local level, POMEPS and the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg are hosting a two-day workshop featuring practitioners, policy-makers and academics from around the world.


*Please note that due to limited space this event is not open to the general public.  



Vann Spa Hotel and Conference 
Lingådde Lingatan
454 80 Brastad





The following transportation will be provided:

  • Gothenburg to Brastad. Departing Tuesday June 13 (afternoon).
  • Brastad to Gothenburg. Departing Thursday June 15 (afternoon).
  • Airport transfers between Landvetter airport and Gothenburg city centre will also be available. 



Hotel accommodation has been arranged for the nights of June 13 and 14 at the Vann Spa Hotel, Brastad. Additionally, workshop participants departing Gothenburg on June 16 will have access to accommodation at the Scandic Europa, Gothenburg on June 15. 



GLD and POMEPS will provide all meals at the conference hotel, bus transportation to and from the airport and the conference hotel, as well as flights to and from Sweden. Please note that no reimbursements can or will be paid for additional meals or travel.