Arts & Science Festival 2014
A film screening of Le Grand Voyage followed by a discussion about Muslims in contemporary urban spaces
Join Dr. Chris Allen for a special screening of Le Grand Voyage, a 2004 film exploring the relationship between an elderly Muslim father and teenage Muslim son who both embark on a religious pilgrimage to Mecca by car. Beginning in the suburbs of contemporary Paris, the film explores themes of life and death and also what it means to be Muslim in today’s Europe.
The screening is followed by a discussion involving researchers from the University of Birmingham – from Social Policy and Geography - to draw upon some of the themes raised by the film especially those relating to ‘Urban Islam.’
This event is presented by the Institute of Applied Social Studies as part of Arts & Science Festival 2014, a week-long celebration of ideas, research and collaboration across campus. For details of the full programme, visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/artsandsciencefestival.