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Dr. L.M. (Luis Manuel) Hernandez Aguilar

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Political Sociology: Power, Place and Difference

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  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
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  • Postbus 15508
    1001 NA Amsterdam
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  • Profile

    Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the project EnGendering Europe's Muslim Question (NWO Vici project, 2018-2023). Previously, he was a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Technical University Berlin, and Researcher at the project: Counter-Islamophobia Kit Project: Countering Islamophobia through the Use of Best Practice in Counter-Narratives in EU Member States, funded by the European Commission – Directorate of Justice. He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, his MA in Social Sciences at the Latin American Faculty of Social Science (FLACSO) campus Mexico, and his BA in Sociology at the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) in Mexico City. Luis M. Hernandez research focuses on theories of race and racism, Islamophobia, theories of the state, postcolonial theory, gender and sexuality, as well as discourse analysis. His monograph Governing Muslims and Islam in Contemporary Germany, Race, Time, and the German Islam Conference was published by Brill in 2018.

    Photo: Feriel Bendjama
  • Research

    EnGendering Europe's Muslim Question (NWO Vici project, 2018-2023)

    This project investigates the role of gender and sexuality in the problematization of Islam and Muslims in Europe today. Two deliberate theoretical and methodological strategies are used to achieve this objective.

    First, by shifting the analytical and methodological focus from 'the Muslim other' to the 'European self'. This shift enables three subsequent theoretical moves: (1) the analysis of the problematization of Islam and Muslims in Western Europe, in which problematization is a research strategy tasks from Foucault and focused on the study of how and why something becomes a social problem; (2) the carefully mapping of the resonances and differences with Europe's Jewish Question, which represents a paradigmatic instance of the racialization of a religious minority in Europe; and (3) further thinking and accounting for the conceptual entanglement of race and religion in Western Europe.

    Second, by centering the analysis in gender and sexuality. This is warranted by the salience of gender and sexuality questions in Europe's Muslim Question (eg debates on women's rights and homosexuality) as well as the potential of gender analysis to generate new knowledge. This strategy allows the project to unpack how gender and sexuality function as privileged terrains upon which Europe's Muslim Question comes into being, as well as considering the effects of the Muslim Question upon pre-existing regimes of gender and sexuality.

    The project combines elaborate conceptual work with an 'ethnography of a problematization' focused on studying public debates and more precise key texts in the realms of policy-making and public debate, as well as interviews with key figures. The empirical inquiry on three topics: gender segregation, violence against women, and toleration of homosexuality. The empirical study is focused on the Netherlands, with contrasting case studies from France, Germany, and Belgium.

    Principal investigator: Prof. dr. Dr. Sarah Bracke



    The Counter-Islamophobia Kit research project (2017-2018)

    The Counter-Islamophobia Kit research project documents and critically analyses dominant Islamophobic narratives in operation, and also counter-Islamophobia narratives and related best practices employed in eight EU member states (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Portugal, and the UK) in order to produce the Counter-Islamophobia Kit. This Toolkit identifies and postulates narratives, arguments, strategies and actions that will be able to directly counter Islamophobia and set guidelines on best practice aimed at countering this form of racism. This two year project is funded by the European Commission – Directorate of Justice, and brings together experts from across Europe.

    Findings based on normative patterns of Islamophobia and effective counter-narratives to anti-Muslim hatred in each case will inform the production of a transferable ‘Counter-Islamophobia Kit’ (CIK), which aims to detail best-practice in countering anti-Muslim hate across the continent. The key messages contained within the CIK will be aimed at policy makers, professionals and practitioners from across the EU.

    Principal investigator: Prof. Dr. Ian Law, University of Leeds



    Governing Muslims and Islam in Contemporary Germany. Race, Time, and the German Islam Conference

    In 2006 against the background of the increasing problematization of Muslims and Islam in German public debate, the German government established the German Islam Conference. In a post 9/11 world, this was a time period shaped by the global war on terror, changes in the German naturalization law, the proliferation of racism targeting Muslims, and the expansion of security apparatuses. In Governing Muslims and Islam in Contemporary Germany Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar critically analyzes the institutionalization of the Conference and the different projects this institution has set in motion to govern Islam and Muslims against the looming presence of racial representations of Muslims. The analysis begins with the foundation of the Conference until the end of its second phase in 2014.

  • Publications


    • Bracke, S., & Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (2021). Thinking Europe's "Muslim Question": On Trojan Horses and the Problematization of Muslims. Critical Research on Religion.


    • Bracke, S., & Hernández Aguilar, L. M. (2020). 'They love death as we love life': The 'Muslim Question' and the biopolitics of replacement. British Journal of Sociology, 71(4), 680-701. [details]
    • Bracke, S., & Hernández Aguilar, L. M. (2020). Racial states - gendered nations: On biopower, race, and sex. In J. Solomos (Ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Racisms (pp. 356-365). (Routledge International Handbooks). Routledge. [details]


    • Hernández Aguilar, L. M. (2019). Institutionalisierung des anti-muslimischen Rassismus im Staat: Reflektionen über die Deutsche Islam Konferenz. In B. Uçar, & W. Kassis (Eds.), Antimuslimischer Rassismus und Islamfeindlichkeit (Vol. 7, pp. 217-232). Göttingen: V&R unipress. [details]
    • Hernández Aguilar, L. M. (2019). Countering Islamophobia in Germany. In I. Law, A. Easat-Daas, A. Merali, & S. Sayyid (Eds.), Countering Islamophobia in Europe (pp. 289-322). (Mapping Global Racisms). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [details]


    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (2018). Ist das Extremismusmodell extremistisch? Das muslimische Subjekt als Feindbild des Extremismusmodells. Reader für Multiplikatorinnen in der Jugend und Bildungsarbeit, 56-62.
    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M., & Zubair Ahmad (2018). Imaging the Power of Academia : Of Deficient Figures, Good Theologies and Governing Rationalities in the German Islam Conference. In A-N. Ahmad (Ed.), Knowledge, Normativity and Power in Academia: Critical Interventions (pp. 43-62). Frankfurt am Main: Campus-Verlag.
    • Hernández Aguilar, L. (2018). Governing Muslims and Islam in Contemporary Germany: Race, Time, and the German Islam Conference. (Muslim Minorities; Vol. 26). Brill. [details]
    • Hernández Aguilar, L. M. (2018). [Review of: N. Doyle, I. Ahmad (2018) (Il)liberal Europe: Islamophobia, Modernity and Radicalization]. Politics, Religion and Ideology, 19(3), 413-416. [details]


    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M., & Ahmad, Z. (2017). Persistence of Eurocentric orders and divisions: Reflections on »postcolonial scholarship« and the disentanglement of »race« and »religion«. InterDisciplines, Journal of History and Sociology, 8(2), 123-150.
    • Hernández Aguilar, L. M. (2017). Suffering Rights and Incorporation. The German Islam Conference and the Institutionalization of Islam In Germany. European Societies, 19(5), 623-644. [details]


    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (2016). The Imam of the Future: On Racism and the German Islam Conference. Islamophobia Studies Yearbook, 7, 66-85.
    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (2016). “Preguntas Peligrosas": Sobre La (Re)Presentación, La Entrevista y La Violencia Simbólica En La Investigación. In S. Carassale (Ed.), La Experiencia como Hecho Social: Ensayos de Sociologia Cultural (pp. 65-82). Mexico: FLACSO.


    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (2014). Rassifizierte Subjekte und die Sprache der Toleranz: Die Deutsche Islamkonferenz (DIK) und die Institutionalisierung des Islam in Deutschland. In G. Hentges (Ed.), Sprache-Macht-Rassismus (pp. 265-285). Berlin: Metropol Verlag.

    Talk / presentation

    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (speaker) (25-11-2019). The “Jewish” and “Muslim” Question through the Lens of Recursive History: Circumcision Debates in Germany, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego.
    • Bracke, S. (speaker) & Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (speaker) (7-11-2019). "They love death as we love life", Race and Religion, Uppsala.
    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (speaker) (8-7-2019). La presencia musulmana en la Europa post-migratoria: conspiraciones, biopolítica y eugenesia, Seminario Sociologia de la Frontera, Mexico City.
    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (speaker) (5-6-2019). Micro-imagined geographies, the parallel society, conviviality, and the racial characterization of Muslims in contemporary Germany, 7th Congress of the Portuguese Association of Anthropology, Lisbon.


    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (2018). Counter Islamophobia Kit, National Messages Germany (English). (pp. 1-13). Leeds: Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds.
    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (2018). Counter Islamophobia Kit, nationale Messages Deutschland (German). (pp. 1-14). Leeds: Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds.
    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (2018). Dominant Counter-Narratives to Islamophobia -Germany. (pp. 1-67). Leeds: Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds.


    • Hernandez Aguilar, L. M. (2017). Dominant Islamophobic Narratives – Germany. (pp. 1-45). Leeds: Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds.
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