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Ali Qadir

Associate Professor, New Social Research, University of Tampere

Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere

Docent in Ethnic Relations, University of Helsinki

Phone: 040 190 1351
Room: PINNI B3019

Office hours: Tuesdays 10 - 11, or by appointment

Research interests:

Ali Qadir's research centers on global & transnational sociology, as well as sociology of religion (especially Islam). He has recently been studying global social change through epistemic governance in modern world society, and the role of morality in politics. He has also been working on transnational religion, including radicalization and hereticization amongst modern Muslims, and the social relevance of religious images. Additionally, he has also written on social justice and development movements. He teaches and supervises students in the Master's Degree on Global & Transnational Sociology. Besides his scholarly research and teaching, Dr. Qadir has over a dozen years of experience in social, political, and environmental development in international civil society. He has also published two-dozen works for general and professional communities, including briefs for policymakers. Dr. Qadir is an active member of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network on Global & Transnational Sociology as well as various associations for sociology and for sociology of religion. He is also Honorary Fellow of the Center for the Study of Gender & Culture, Pakistan, as well as member of the Editorial Boards of the European Journal of Cultural & Political Sociology, and the European Journal of Cultural Studies.

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Ali Qadir received his doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Tampere in 2011. His dissertation, entitled Tangential Modernity: Culture of Higher Education Reform in Pakistan has been published by the University of Tampere Press. He has published in, for instance, the European Journal for Cultural and Political Sociology, International Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Islam, Approaching Religion, Media Culture & Society, Asian Journal of Communication, South Asian Studies Journal, and Pakistan Journal of History and Culture, in addition to a number of book chapters. His co-edited volume "National Policymaking: Domestication of Global Trends" was published by Routledge in 2014. He is presently co-authoring a book on Epistemic Governance. Some of his recent publications include:

  • Alasuutari, Pertti and Ali Qadir. 2016. “Imageries of the social world in epistemic governance”. International Sociology 31(6): 633–652.
  • Qadir, Ali. 2016. "Higher education, the global governors, and epistemic governance." Studia Humanitatis Borealis Vol. 2016 (1): 28–35.
  • Qadir, Ali and Tatiana Tiaynen-Qadir. 2016. "Towards an imaginal dialogue." Approaching Religion 6(2): 81–95.
  • Qadir, Ali. 2015. “When heterodoxy becomes heresy: Using Bourdieu’s concept of doxa to understand state-sanctioned exclusion in Pakistan”. Sociology of Religion 76 (2): 155–176.

Research projects:

Dr Ali Qadir works in the Tampere research group for Cultural and Political Sociology (see more). He is also Docent of Ethnic Relations at the Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki.

Between March 2018 and May 2019, Dr Qadir leads the project "Science and religion in northern Europe" supported by USA-based Templeton Religion Trust. The project is a 14-month pilot that probes and tests the boundary work done by religious agents in and around modern institutions like universities and health clinics in Finland and Sweden.

From Fall 2016 to 2019, Dr. Qadir holds an Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher grant for his project "Morality in Politics—Epistemic Governance and Policymaking in World Society." This project exposes and unmasks how politicians in democracies around the world disguise morality when making policies. This project will build a comprehensive theory to explain how this is done in our age of globalization, and what are the impacts of this moral masking. It qualitatively analyzes parliamentary discussions from six countries on four continents over the past 20 years. The research will zoom in on debates related to counter-terrorism, macroeconomics, and asylum-seeking refugees. In addition to providing new insights on these topical issues, the project will contribute to the study of global governance by including the neglected moral dimension of politics across the world.

Prior to this, Dr Qadir conducted research on his own project supported by Kone Foundation (Finland), as a research fellow at the University of Tampere’s Institute for Advanced Social Research, and as member of Academy-funded TCuPS research projects.

Please click here for Dr. Qadir's Researchgate page.

Download the full CV here.

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