- Dr Morteza Hashemi
- Leverhulme ECF
- 5.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- Research Interests
- Social theory, Sociology of knowledge and science, Sociology of Technology, Religion Studies, transhumanism, Immigration, postsecularism, Anthropology of Technology, Intersection of Religion and Technology
Leverhulme Research Project: Integration through Blood Donation
My researches are focused on post-secularism and technology. I have explained my understanding of post-secularism in my first book, Theism and Atheism in a Post-Secular Age (Palgrave, 2017), and in my current project I am extending the core argument of the book. My Leverhulme funded project at the University of Edinburgh investigates strategies for post-secular integration, through civic engagement, among British Shia immigrants. It particularly investigates the possibility of using blood donation as a policy tool for integration of immigrants into broader society.
Hashemi, M, (2017). Theism and Atheism in a Post-Secular Age, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Palgrave Website)
- Winner of the Farabi International Award 2018 (Iran)
- Shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2018 (UK)
___________. (2016). A post-secular reading of public sociology. Social Compass, 63(4), pp.461-477. (online version)
___________. (2016). A new typology of modern atheisms: pilgrim atheism versus tourist atheism. Culture and Religion, 17 (1), 56-72.
___________. (forthcoming). Bedouins of Silicon Valley: a neo-Khaldunian approach to sociology of technology, The Sociological Review.
___________. (2018). What Does It Mean to be a Progressive Intellectual after the Refugee Crisis in Europe? A Dialogue with Tariq Ramadan, In Schmiedel, U & Smith, G (Eds.) Religion in the European Refugee Crisis, New York: Palgrave. (online version)
Hashemi, M & Bagherpour, A. R. (2018). A Theory of Evolution of Religious Knowledge in a Post-Revolutionary Iran: And a New Frontier for Sociology of Knowledge, In Stenmark, M, Fuller, S & Zackariasson, U (Eds.) Relativism and Post-Truth in Contemporary Society, New York: Palgrave. (online version)
____________. (2018) Conceptual Study for Policy Making about the Citizen-Gamers: the Case of Pokémon Go. Daanesh Shahr. [online] Tehran: Urban Research and Planning Centre, pp.1-47. Available at: http://rpc.tehran.ir/default.aspx?tabid=671&ArticleId=20537 [Accessed 19 Jun. 2018] (Language: Farsi).
Teaching & Mentorship Experiences
1. Coventry University (UK)
2014- 2016: Temporary Lecturer (grade 8), Faculty of Arts and Humanities
2. The University of Warwick (UK)
2012- 2016: Seminar Tutor, Sociology Department
3. Ritsumeikan University (Japan)
2012-2014: Distance (online) mentor of a MA student in sociology
Research Projects & Other Work Experiences
1. Principal Investigator
2016- 17: Principal Investigator at Urban Research and Planning Center, Tehran Municipality (Iran).
Project title: Conceptual Study for Policy Making about the Citizen-Gamers: the Case of Pokémon Go.
2. Research Assistant & Research Fellow
2017: Visiting Research Fellow at the Sociology Department of the University of Warwick.
2012: Research assistant in the Work Package 4 of MY PLACE project funded by Manchester Metropolitan University.
Academic Honours and Awards
2018: Theism and Atheism in a Post-Secular Age was shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize.
2018: The Farabi International Award (the highest Iranian honour in humanities and social sciences) for Theism and Atheism in a Post-Secular Age.
2017: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh.
Conference Papers & Seminars
Hashemi, M. "What Does It Mean to be a Progressive Intellectual after the Refugee Crisis in Europe?", Mid-term Conference of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network 15: Global, Transnational & Cosmopolitan Sociology, University of Helsinki (Finland), 18 April 2018.
__________, "A Post-Secular Reading of Public Sociology". British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2017: Recovering the Social, The University of Manchester (UK), 4-6, April 2017 (English).
__________, "The Public Sociologists' Guide to Religion", The Practice of Public Sociology: Sociological Review Early Career Event, Manchester Digital Laboratory (UK), 24 November 2016 (English).
__________, “The Primacy of Training over Truth: Sloterdijk Approaches American Neo-Pragmatism”, British Sociological Association 2016 Annual Conference: Global Societies: Fragmenting and Connecting, Aston University (UK), 6-8 April 2016 (English).
__________, "Revision of Ulrich Beck's Risk Society after Charlie Hebdo", International Social Theory Consortium 14th Annual Conference: Reconstructing Social Theory, History and Practice. The University of Cambridge, Cambridge (UK), 17-19 June 2015 (English).
__________, "The Revival of the Comtean Dream in the Recent Atheist Movement: On Alain de Botton’s Atheism 2.0", IAS Summer School (Contesting Claims for Expertise in a Post-Secular Age), University of Warwick (UK), 15th-19th July 2013 (English).
__________, "Max Weber's Conception of Science: the process of solidification of the scientific 'facts'", International Postgraduate and Academic Conference, The University of Ritsumeikan, Kyoto (Japan), 27-28 February 2013 (English).
___________, "René Magritte and the Liquidity of Modernity", Café Scientifique, The University of Warwick, Coventry (UK) October, 2012 (English).
___________, "The Calvin of the Iron Cage: The theological roots of Max Weber’s Decisionism", Radical Secularisation?, The University of Antwerp (Belgium), September, 2012 (English).
___________, “A Short History of Homelessness: The theological roots of a dichotomy in the modern social theory”, British Sociological Association 2012 Annual Conference: Sociology in an age of Austerity, the University of Leeds (UK), 11-13 April 2012 (English).
___________, “Iranian Sociology and the Selective Translation of Theories of Secularization”, Regional Conference on Social Thought and Sociology in the Contemporary Middle East. Iranian Sociological Association. Tehran. May 2011 (English).
___________, "Ideology of Iranian Islamic revolution of 1979",Conference of Thirty Years, Sharif University (Tehran-Iran), November 2008 (Farsi).
2013- now: Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (SERRC)
2012- now: British Sociological Association (BSA)
2012-2013: Member of the organising committee of The Social Theory Postgraduate Seminars by The Social Theory Centre, The University of Warwick (UK).
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