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Dr. Dilyara Müller-Suleymanova

Dr. Dilyara Müller-Suleymanova

Dr. Dilyara Müller-Suleymanova
ZHAW School of Social Work
Institute of Diversity and Social Integration
Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8005 Zürich

+41 (0) 58 934 85 27

Personal profile

Position at the ZHAW

Senior Researcher
Project head, SNF Ambizione

Expertise and research interests

Migration, transnationalism, and diaspora studies
Politics of memory, narratives of conflict
Political extremism
Islam in Europe, Muslim youth subcultures
Anthropology of education
Digital media, digital storytelling
Regional focus: Eastern Europe, Switzerland

Educational background

PhD in Social Anthropology (University of Zurich)
Graduate of the Regional Seminars for Excellence in Teaching (RESET) "Anthropological approaches to religion and secularism" (2010 - 2013, in Georgia)
MA in Nationalism Studies (Central European University, Budapest)
Master of Arts in History (Kazan State University, Russia)

Professional milestones

2017 - current: Senior researcher, Institute of Diversity and Social Integration, School of Social Work, ZHAW

2017: Visiting research fellow, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

2015 - 2017: Project staff and lecturer, School of Social Work, ZHAW

2017: Projekt co-head, #SwissMuslimStories (, a counter-narrative project to prevent extremism and online radicalisation, of the Federal Social Insurance Office (Platform "Youth and Media")

2012 - 2016: Lecturer and assistant, Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich

2016: Project staff, "Public deliberation, network analysis and the political inclusion of Muslims living in Switzerland, France and Britain”, Institute of Citizenship Studies, University of Geneva

2009 - 2012: PhD Student, University Priority Research Program "Asia and Europe", University of Zurich

2008 - 2010: Online editor, “Ab Imperio Network on Empire and Nationalism Studies” (

2007 - 2008: Coordinator, “Building Democracy in Multi-Ethnic Societies”, Center for Democratization of Education, Kazan State University, Russia

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed Books and monographs, peer-reviewed Book parts, peer-reviewed Other publications Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

2015. “Islam as moral education: madrasa courses and contestation of the secular in the Republic of Tatarstan”, Religion, State and Society 43 (2): 150 – 167

2015. “Islamic education, youth and local religious revival in the Republic of Tatarstan”, in Mobilizing Religion: Networks and Mobility, ed. by Stephan Conermann and Elena Smolarz. Series: Bonner Asienstudien. Berlin: EB-Verlag: 265 – 286.

2010. “International Language Rights Norms in the Dispute over Latinization Reform in the Republic of Tatarstan”, Caucasian Review of International Affairs, 4 (1): 43-56.

2009. "Tatar Groups in Vkontakte: The Interplay between Ethnic and Virtual Identities on Social Networking Sites”, Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media, 1 (2): 37-55.

Other contributions

Projekt #SwissMuslimStories, Online Narrative gegen Extremismus (unterstützt durch Bundesamt für Sozialversicherungen (Plattform "Jugend und Medien"), Mercator Stiftung, Paul Schiller Stiftung, Fachstelle für Rassismusbekämpfung, Fachstelle Integration, Kanton Zürich, Integrationskredit, Stadt Zürich, usw.)

Ethnographic film project (with Dominik Müller) “Bizim Qirim – Our Crimea": Memories and narratives of the deported Crimean Tatar population” (ongoing)

* Organization of conferences, panels and workshops:

“(Counter-)hegemonic discourses within educational spaces: capitalism, well-being, and other narratives”, panel at the Annual Conference of the Swiss Ethnological Society, Bern (with Jeanne Rey and Andreas von Kannel), November 2015.

“The Visible and the Invisible: Institutions and Identities in Contemporary Central Asia”, workshop at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Zurich (with Elisa Isabaeva), December 2013

“Religion as a resource: the social implications of religious affiliations, practices, and networks”, panel at the Annual Conference of the Swiss Ethnological Society, Sierre (with Andrea Friedli), November 2013

* public/media appearances

Invited speaker at the podium discussion, Zurich Human Rights Film Festival, 2016

Invited speaker, Radio SRF 1: “Antworten auf Terror: Hörer diskutieren mit Experten”, , 2015