Conferences/Panels/Calls for Papers Roundup

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Muslim Studies Program Annual Conference

Muslim Studies Program Annual Conference

16 April 2020 - 17 April 2020

Location: Michigan State University | Funding Available: N/A

Michigan State University is hosting an international conference on Islam, Environmental Science and Conservation. This conference aims to foster understanding of the nexus between Islam, environmental science, and conservation. The conference will take place on April 16-17, 2020, in East Lansing, Michigan.

AAR Annual Meeting

AAR Annual Meeting

23 November - 26 November 2019

Location: San Diego, CA | Funding Available: N/A

The 2019 Annual Meetings in San Diego, California, November 23–26, hosted by the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, is the world’s largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion. More than 1,000 events take place during the Annual Meetings, including a plethora of academic sessions, workshops, meetings, receptions, and tours. The Annual Meetings Employment Center provides job seekers and employers a convenient, private setting for interviews. The Annual Meetings Exhibit Hall, with more than 130 publishers exhibiting, is the best place to review the latest publications within the field. The Annual Meetings offers unparalleled opportunities to engage with leading scholars and scholarship within the field of religion. Register soon to receive the best attendee rate and hotel selection, and join some 10,000 attendees who are expected to attend the 2019 Annual Meetings!

Time and Anthropology of Islam Panel, MESA

Time and Anthropology of Islam Panel, MESA

14 November 2019 - 17 November 2019

Location: New Orleans, LA | Funding Available: Yes

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a private, non-profit learned society that brings together scholars, educators and those interested in the study of the region from all over the world. MESA is primarily concerned with the area encompassing Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab World from the seventh century to modern times. Since 1967, MESA has held an annual meeting in the fall where members gather to share research. MESA has been the hub for scholarly exchange from its first meeting at The University of Chicago in 1967 where a small group gathered for eight sessions to MESA’s 50th anniversary meeting in Boston in 2016 where 312 sessions delighted more than 2,000 attendees. The 2019 MESA Annual Meeting will be held at Sheraton New Orleans,New Orleans, Louisiana, from November 14, 2019 to November 17,2019.

The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art 8th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art

The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art 8th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art

10 November 2019 - 11 November 2019

Location: Doha, Qatar | Funding Available: N/A

Inspired by Qatar’s distinctive location as part of international trade routes linking the Central Islamic lands, the Mediterranean, and the Indian Ocean, the eighth biennial Hamad Bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, to be held in Doha November 10-11, 2019, will foster a lively, engaged, and critical discussion touching upon some of the most vital questions raised by these vibrant and rich interchanges of the arts. Panels will explore the following themes, with an eye to interconnectivity across geographic boundaries both within the world of Islam and beyond, embracing the full span of their visual and material cultures:

How did exposure to imported materials and ideas transform formerly local artistic traditions? What role did travel, diplomacy, and gift-giving play in crafting seemingly discrete forms and practices? How are the movements of people, shifting markets for labor, and the uneven distribution skills and techniques, bound up with the formation and metamorphosis of styles? How did the shipment of commodities and curiosities from distant places shape and change social, cultural, and religious institutions? What role do the objects created from such interactions have in enhancing cultural understanding or generating enmity and mistrust? And how has the ever-increasing pace of globalization effected such developments?

ICIIS 2019 : International Conference on Islam and Islamic Studies

ICIIS 2019 : International Conference on Islam and Islamic Studies

24 October 2019 - 25 October 2019

Location: Istanbul, Turkey | Funding Available: N/A

The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations. ICIIS 2019: International Conference on Islam and Islamic Studies aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Islam and Islamic Studies. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Islam and Islamic Studies.

Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Graduate Student Book Review Colloquium on Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

11 October 2019

Location: George Mason University | Funding Available: Yes

The Colloquium invites advanced graduate students in the social sciences and humanities to submit reviews on noteworthy books published between 2017-2019 in the field of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. The Colloquium is organized by The Maydan, an online publication of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. The Maydan is dedicated to supporting Islamic Studies with the recognition that academic scholarship in this field of inquiry is currently in need of discussions and publications that are able to disseminate research to a larger audience. The Colloquium aims to foster a lasting conversation between academic and lay readership.

Africa, Globalization, and the Muslim Worlds

Africa, Globalization, and the Muslim Worlds

19 September 2019 - 21 September 2019

Location: Harvard Divinity School | Funding Available: Yes

This conference welcomes proposals focusing on Islamic Africa’s global and local interactions through circulations of people, ideas, goods, beliefs and practices in any time period. The conference especially encourage original research that investigates creatively the interplay between the religious, political or social experiences of African Muslims and the transformations of Islamic Africa in a globalized world. It hopes to include papers which examine the importance of transnational Muslim networks in Africa and the role Africans play in global Islamic arenas.

Inscriptions from the Islamic World

Inscriptions from the Islamic World

06 September 2019 - 08 September 2019

Location: American University Cairo, Egypt | Funding Available: N/A

The aim of this conference is to give a new impetus to the study of Islamic inscriptions by bringing together leading scholars from the fields of history, art and language. In addition, contributions will consider how inscriptions convey meaning through their placement, script, language, and quotations from textual sources ranging from the Qur’an to poetry. It will also consider the purpose and characteristics of bilingual inscriptions. This conference is organised jointly by the AUC’s Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and the Centre for Anatolian and East Mediterranean Studies at the University of St Andrews. It will be held at AUC’s Tahrir Campus in downtown Cairo on September 6 – 8, 2019. The conveners intended to publish selected contributions as edited volume.

48th Annual Conference of the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS)

48th Annual Conference of the North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (NAAIMS)

26 August 2019 - 27 September 2019

Location: Boston, MA | Funding Available:N/A

North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies , a forum for the production and dissemination of academic research on Islam and the diverse lived experience of Muslims, invites a diverse range of papers from professors and advanced PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences to present papers on the topic of “Muslim communities in Europe and North America: contemporary developments and challenges at its annual meeting hosted by Boston University.

Transnational Islam and Challenges of Being Muslim Ummah

Transnational Islam and Challenges of Being Muslim Ummah

29 July 2019- 04 August 2019

Location: Istanbul | Funding Available: N/A | Application Deadline : May 20, 2019

The International ILEM Summer School (IISS), which addresses major themes and issues of the Islamic World in every year. The 6th IISS will occur in the Summer of 2019 and its major theme is “Transnational Islam and Challenges of Being Muslim Ummah” The intellectual and political imagination of classical and contemporary Islamic thought has played an important role in the creation and continuation of the Muslim Ummah, and its complex relationship to the “Other” throughout history. Aiming to make Muslims united, this mission enables the transnational understandings and identities of Islam(s) / Muslim(s) with new projections and also makes it compulsory to produce new policies. In this summer school, the ideal of being an Ummah, and the challenges faced by this ideal in the light of contemporary developments, will be discussed with special emphases on Theoretical Frameworks, Contemporary Debates and Future Projections.

International Kurdish Studies Conference

International Kurdish Studies Conference

24 July 2019 - 25 July 2019

Location: Northeastern Illinois University | Funding Available: N/A

Northeastern Illinois University and Zahra Institute  invite paper proposals from scholars in the humanities and social sciences on any aspect of Kurdish Studies, including language, culture, history, religion, gender, and politics.

Options are open to a range of methodological orientations: literary, ethnographic, archival, comparative historical, and quantitative. Of particular interest are such topics as literature, nationalism, religious minorities, political ideologies, memory and violence, language contact and language standardization, and diasporic cultures.

With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, NEIU is initiating in 2019 a Kurdish Studies Program at the undergraduate level. In Summer of 2019, NEIU will host a Summer School of Kurdish Language and Culture, taught in collaboration with Zahra Institute.

Islam and Liberty Second Summer Workshop

Islam and Liberty Second Summer Workshop

17 July 2019 - 19 July 2019

Location: Tunis, Tunisia | Funding Available: N/A

This course traces the foundations of economic, religious and political freedoms in Islam by exploring the principles and practices of civil society, liberal democracy and market economy in historical Muslim context and thought as well as current status in prominent Muslim-majority nations. The faculty will include: Bican Sahin, a Turkish political scientist and Ali Salman, a Pakistani economist based in Malaysia. The participants will be young scholars affiliated with universities, civil society and research institutes working on relevant topics. The programme outline will be divided into a well-defined session plan with space for group work.

Is Nationalism Obsolete?

Is Nationalism Obsolete?

01 July 2019 - 12 July 2019

Location: Pristina, Kosovo | Funding Available: N/A

The goal of the Nationalism Obsolete workshop, which will be held in Prishtina, Kosova, in the summer of 2019, is to explore if nationalism is obsolete. Is it capable of meeting, or even addressing, the issues of our time?

The Arab World as Ghurba: Citizenship, Identity and Belonging in Literature and Popular Culture

The Arab World as Ghurba: Citizenship, Identity and Belonging in Literature and Popular Culture

21 June 2019

Location: University of Warwick, UK | Funding Available: N/A

This conference is interested in how migration to the Arab world appears in literature as well as culture more generally, and in what this documentation tells us about the Arab world as a migrant destination, or a place of ghurba.

Summer Doctoral School

Summer Doctoral School

17 June 2019 - 19 June 2019

Location: IPRA, France  | Funding Available: Yes

The Institut du pluralisme religieux et de l’athéisme seeks to bring together doctoral students in different disciplines (history, religious studies, sociology, law, art history, anthropology, etc.). Presentations may be given in English or in French. Participants should be able to understand both languages. We seek in particular to bring together doctoral students from Iran, France, other European countries and the USA.

Regional Conference Religion in Western Balkan Societies

Regional Conference Religion in Western Balkan Societies

11 June 2019 - 12 June 2019

Location: Middlesex University | Funding Available: N/A

The conference on Religion in Society is organised by the Institute for Democracy and MediationBelgrade Open SchoolAnalitika Center for Social Research and the Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities, with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Researchers, policy makers and practitioners in the field are invited to contribute paper proposals for the conference. Selected papers will be published in the Religion in Society Research Conference volume and the websites of the organisers. Authors will present their paper during the conference in Tirana and will be asked to ensure their availability to participate.  The conference provides a unique opportunity for authors to share their findings and engage with fellow academics, practitioners in the field and other stakeholders (state, religious, non-state, internationals etc.) at the panel discussions. Authors will be compensated for their contribution and the travel expenses to attend the conference will be covered by the organisers.

Father, theologian, warrior – male archetype in Muslim culture

Father, theologian, warrior – male archetype in Muslim culture

4 June 2019 - 5 June 2019

Location: University of Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland  | Funding Available: No

This conference invites researchers involved in the studies of Islam in Arabic and Muslim countries: orientalists, anthropologists, archaeologists, sociologists, historians, literary scholars and linguists. It is encouraged for the contributions to be based as far as possible on sources in the original languages of the area of a given study. We are looking forward in anticipation to the submission of compelling scholarly works.

The Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction

The Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction

6 May 2019- 10 June 2019

Location: University of California | Funding Available: N/A

The course provides an opportunity for learners to hear from renowned academics based at leading institutions from across North America and Europe. Among its features, the course also includes a series of online ‘film nights’ including exciting and award-winning documentaries such as The Judge. Prospective learners can now view the course trailer and find out more at the course homepage.

The Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies (TIMES) Symposium 2019

The Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies (TIMES) Symposium 2019

12 June 2019

Location: University of Birmingham, UK   | Funding Available: Yes

The TIMES Forum 3rd Annual Symposium will take place at the University of Birmingham. The Keynote Speaker, Professor Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, University of London) will speak on the ‘Form and Style in the Transmission of Arabic Philosophical and Scientific Texts to the West.’ The event is free and refreshments and a halal lunch will be provided.