- Dr Morteza Hashemi
- Leverhulme ECF
- 5.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 650 4273 (direct line)
- Research Interests
- Global Social Theory, Decoloniality, Sociology of Immigration, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Technology, Intersection of Religion and Technology, Race and Identity, Social Integration in Britain, Ethnography, Fortress Europe, Neo-Khaldunian Social Theory, Blood and Organ Donation, Biopolitics, Medical Sociology
Leverhulme Research Project: Integration through Blood Donation
My Leverhulme funded research project is focused on post-secularism, social integration 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 I am currently extending the core argument of the book. This 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 social policy tool for integration of immigrants into broader society.
PhD in sociology
The University of Warwick
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)
Cotter, R. C & Hashemi, M, (forthcoming), Religion and Non-religion in Fortress Europe: Perspectives on Belief, Immigration, and Identity in a time of Polarized Politics, London: Bloomsbury.
Hashemi, M. (2019). Bedouins of Silicon Valley: a neo-Khaldunian approach to sociology of technology, The Sociological Review, Vol. 67(3) 536–55. (Online version)
Hashemi, M. (2016). A post-secular reading of public sociology. Social Compass, 63(4), pp.461-477. (online version)
Hashemi, M. (2016). A new typology of modern atheisms: pilgrim atheism versus tourist atheism. Culture and Religion, 17 (1), 56-72.
Hashemi, M. (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)
Hashemi, M. (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: Persian).
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 & Contributor
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.
2013-present: Contributor in Global Social Theory Project.
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 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. "Integration through Blood Donation: post-secular implications of British Shia immigrants' civic engagement", 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, University of Manchester (UK), 20-24 August 2019 (English).
__________, "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).
2018-present: 'Blood Group' in association with The University of Edinburgh's Centre for Medical Anthropology.
2018-present: European Sociological Association (ESA).
2013- present: Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (SERRC)
2012- present: 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).
A SELECTION OF MEDIA PUBLICATIONS
Hashemi, M. (2019). What would Ibn Khaldun have made of Silicon Valley?. [online] The Sociological Review Blog. Available at: https://www.thesociologicalreview.com/what-would-ibn-khaldun-have-made-of-silicon-valley/ [Accessed 1 Sep. 2019].
___________, 2016. Review of Simon Susen’s The Postmodern Turn in Social Sciences, Journal of Philosophy of Social Science (September 28, 2016, doi:10.1177/0048393116670112)
___________, “From Ibn Khaldun’s Point of View Fidel is Not Dead: Or, What Does the Rise of The Donald Tell Us About the Future?” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 5, no. 12 (2016): 13-16.
___________, (2016). ALATAS, Syed Farid. [online] Global Social Theory. Available at: http://globalsocialtheory.org/thinkers/alatas-syed-farid/ [Accessed 2 Sep. 2019].
__________, (2015). SHARIATI, Ali. [online] Global Social Theory. Available at: http://globalsocialtheory.org/thinkers/shariati-ali/ [Accessed 2 Sep. 2019].
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