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Morteza Hashemi

Morteza Hashemi
Dr Morteza Hashemi
Honorary Fellow
Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
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, Grassroots Movements, Medical Sociology, Philanthropy

I am a co-founder of 'Blood Group' with Jacob Copeman and Stephanie Sodero,  in association with The University of Edinburgh's Centre for Medical Anthropology.


PhD in sociology
The University of Warwick


1. The University of Edinburgh

2017-2020: Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

2. Coventry University

2014- 2016: Temporary Lecturer (grade 8), Faculty of Arts and Humanities

3. The University of Warwick

2012- 2016: Seminar Tutor, Sociology Department

4. Ritsumeikan University (Japan)

2012-2014: Distance (online) mentor of a MA student in sociology


Cotter, R. C & Hashemi, M. (forthcoming), Religion and Non-religion in Fortress Europe: Perspectives on Belief, Migration, and Identity in a time of Polarized Politics, London: Bloomsbury.


Hashemi, M, (2017). Theism and Atheism in a Post-Secular Age, New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (Palgrave Website)

  • Winner of the Farabi International Award 2018 
  • Shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2018 

Journal Articles

Hau Ethnography

Hashemi, M. (2020). Andrew’s White Cross, Hussain’s Red Blood: Being Scottish Shia in Brexit’s No-Man’s-Land, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory,

Morteza Hashemi Postdigital

Reader, J., Jandrić, P., Hashemi, M. et al. (2020). Postdigital Relationships between Science, Philosophy, and Religion. Postdigital Science and Education,

Morteza Hashemii

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.

Religion in Refugee Crisis2

Book Chapters

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)

HashemiPostTruthHashemi, 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)

PokemonGo Project HashemiProject Report

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: [Accessed 19 Jun. 2018] (Language: Persian). 

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.

2016: First place in the Sociology Department Photography Competition,  The University of Warwick.

Invited Talks

2020. "Interfaith Dialogue in Scotland", ERMC Summer School, Eastern Region Ministry Course, Cambridge (UK).

2020. "Post-Secular Charities and Donating Blood to Non-Believers", Religious Studies Research Seminar Series, School of Divinity, The University of Edinburgh (UK).

Conference Papers & Seminars

2020. "Post-Secular Religious Charities and Donating Blood to Non-Believers", Religious Studies Research Seminar Series, School of Divinity, The University of Edinburgh (UK).

2019. "Integration through Blood Donation: post-secular implications of British Shia immigrants' civic engagement", 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association, University of Manchester (UK).

2018. "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).

2017.  "A Post-Secular Reading of Public Sociology". British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2017: Recovering the Social, The University of Manchester (UK).

2016. "The Public Sociologists' Guide to Religion", The Practice of Public Sociology: Sociological Review Early Career Event, Manchester Digital Laboratory (UK).

2016. “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).

2015. "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).

2013. "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).

2013. "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).

2012. "René Magritte and the Liquidity of Modernity", Café Scientifique, The University of Warwick, Coventry (UK).

2012. "The Calvin of the Iron Cage: The theological roots of Max Weber’s Decisionism", Radical Secularisation?, The University of Antwerp (Belgium).

2012. “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).

2011. “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. 


2018-present: Co-founder of '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).

Hashemi, M. (2020). “Political Theology of Shi’i Transfiguration” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 9 (2): 1-4 (Online version).
Hashemi, M. (2019). What would Ibn Khaldun have made of Silicon Valley?. [online] The Sociological Review Blog. Available at: [Accessed 1 Sep. 2019].
Hashemi, M. (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)
Hashemi, M. “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.

Hashemi, M. (2016). ALATAS, Syed Farid. [online] Global Social Theory. Available at: [Accessed 2 Sep. 2019].
Hashemi, M. (2015). SHARIATI, Ali. [online] Global Social Theory. Available at: [Accessed 2 Sep. 2019].

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