Special Issue: Displacement, Exile and Hope

Special Issue: Critique of Hizmet: from in and outside

Special Issue on Displacement, Exile and Hope

This is a call for articles for the Special Issue on ‘Displacement, Exile and Hope’ of Hizmet people due to be published in our next issue.

This issue will offer an interdisciplinary intervention into studies of displacement-exile and asylum of Hizmet Movement people. This issue is framed in terms of refugees and those displaced by conflict, repression and unwanted circumstances in which Hizmet people can be forced into mobility or immobility in and over different spaces and time.

HSR invites contributions from scholars, researchers, artists and activists to examine Hizmet participants’ exile, displacement and hope. The journal encourages reflection on the production of knowledge around Hizmet and being in asylum or in a displacement situation and the question of whether this displacement problematizes the future of the Hizmet Movement. We welcome submissions on a range of topics, including but not limited to the following themes:

-Problematizing asylum seekers and Hizmet

-Resettlement, asylum and crisis of displacement

-Trauma, exile and narrative

-Humanitarian aspects of displacement

-Representation and Performance of Displacement and Exile(documentary/film; sound and visuality, exposition)
-Resisting displacement and Hizmet people outside Turkey

Further information:

– If you would like to contribute an article, please contact submit@hizmetreview.org by email (in the first instance). A working title and chapter abstract will then be needed by April 30, 2019. The special issue editor will liaise with you on this.

– The deadline for chapter drafts to the editorial team is ideally June 30, 2019.

– The chapters are intended to be short syntheses/overviews of knowledge and debates in a particular area.

Special Issue on Critique of Hizmet: from in and outside

This is a call for articles for the Special Issue on ‘Critique of Hizmet: from in and outside’ due to be published in our Spring 2020 issue.

In this call, we invite critical articles on Hizmet from both an insider and outsider perspective. Articles can either offer a critical perspective on Gulen and/or Hizmet or appraise the insider/outsider critique being aired especially since Hizmet’s public fallout with the Justice and Development (AK) Party government since 2013 onwards.

In doing so, this issue aims to raise the type of following questions: Given the developments since 2013, and especially since 2016 onwards, and Hizmet’s response thereon, what are the main points of criticism of Gulen and Hizmet? How do those points of criticism fair against the scholarly critique of Hizmet in the previous decades? Is it possible to speak of an internal debate within the movement? If so, what are the salient issues and where are the boundaries being drawn? How has Gulen and the grass roots of Hizmet responded to “failure” arguably for the first time in its socio-historic development? How has Gulen responded to Hizmet’s insider critical voices and actors? Have these events exasperated a growing number of ex-Gulenists? How has that impacted their relations within and outside of Hizmet and their spiritual and faith position? How fair are the Turkish governments accusations against Gulen and Hizmet? How revealing are they of other lines of critique of Gulen and Hizmet? Is there a risk of decontextualizing the critique against Gulen and Hizmet? How has Hizmet responded? How has that response been hindered by Hizmet’s relentless persecution? Can we speak of a counter current within Hizmet?

By appraising the critique of Hizmet from both an insider and outsider perspective, this issue aims to bring both perspectives into critical dialogue.

In making this call, we would like to remind potential insider, outsider and ex-insider authors that the literature on methodology, moral objectivity, the sociology of science and does not preclude anyone from cognitive bias. As Jurgen Habermas notes, epistemological interest is inescapable; we shape the answers we find by the questions we ask. That interest or bias however can be mitigated if recognized and methodologically challenged. That is why, as the Hizmet Review we both recognize it and promise to methodologically challenge it by inviting both and insider and outsider to guest edit this special issue. We also however, call upon our authors to acknowledge this moment as an opportunity for self-reflexivity while engaged in critical reflection of Hizmet.

This issue will offer an interdisciplinary approach through inviting contributions from scholars, researchers, artists and activists.

Further information: info@hizmetreview.org

  • If you would like to contribute an article, please contact submit@hizmetreview.org by email (in the first instance). A working title and chapter abstract will then be needed by November 30, 2019. The special issue editor will liaise with you on this.
  • The deadline for articles drafts to the editorial team is ideally 10 March 2020.
  • The articles are intended to be short syntheses/overviews of knowledge and debates in a particular area.