Conferences/Panels/Calls for Papers Roundup

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CFA- Islam and Humanitarianism: Interdisciplinary Inquiries on Islamic Forms of Aid

CFA- Islam and Humanitarianism: Interdisciplinary Inquiries on Islamic Forms of Aid

November 1-2, 2019

Location: George Mason University   | Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019 |  Funding Available: No

Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University invites paper submissions for a two day conference on the theme Islam and Humanitarianism.

This conference proposes an interdisciplinary framework for unpacking the link between Islam and humanitarianism in ways that recognize both the significance of geopolitics, policy-making, and transnational partnerships and the lived experiences of giving and receiving help that are articulated in diverse contexts of suffering.

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.

Islamic Law and Theology in Context - The Treatise-Literature (rasāʾil) as Documentation of Socially Relevant Discussions in Pre-Modern Muslim Societies (13th - 19th Centuries)

Islamic Law and Theology in Context - The Treatise-Literature (rasāʾil) as Documentation of Socially Relevant Discussions in Pre-Modern Muslim Societies (13th - 19th Centuries)

25 March 2020 - 27 March 2020

Location: Osnabrück University, Germany | Funding Available: N/A

This conference welcomes papers on single or a number of treatises and counter-treatises written in Islamic Law and Theology (fiqh, kalām, taṣawwuf etc.). They should address the content of the treatise as well as the social, political
and intellectual context of its author and the audience, in order to fully understand the author-text-context
relation. The conference focuses on the 13th to the 19th centuries with a main interest in the Ottoman and
Mamluk Empires, and it aims to add to our understanding of the reality of Islamic theology and law in its
historical and social context. Nevertheless, the investigation of treatises from other geographical areas are welcomed as well.

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?

International Islamic Economics Conference

International Islamic Economics Conference

26 October 2019

Location: IIUM, Malaysia | Funding Available: N/A 

International Islamic Economics Conference is a one-day student driven conference which acts as catalyst to create a platform for undergraduate students to have an intellectual discourse. The conference aims to provide students a chance to express their ideas and opinions according to the theme set annually. This time around,  the conference chose to give more focus toward Islamic Economy, hence the theme “The Roles of Islamic Economy in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.”

Islam and the Humanities 2019 Conference – Primacy of Form

Islam and the Humanities 2019 Conference – Primacy of Form

25 October 2019 - 26 October 2019

Location: Brown University | Funding Available: N/A 

This exploratory conference proposes that the vast diversity of ideas and practices associated with Islam deserve investigation through presuming continuities and divergences between forms. In the prevailing contours of Islamic studies as an academic field, pride of place is given to genealogies of ideas, theological precepts, and practices. What if we stand apart from problems of coherence and incoherence of ideas, or the effort to seek logics of practice?What can be said to support, or contest, the notion that forms articulate Islam? How might we address forms, for example those embodied in structures and genres, with due attention to historicity and without presuming Islamic universals?

Forms do not bind to permanent ideological investments, allowing us to explain Islam’s sociohistorical unboundedness. Forms that predate the mention of Islam become Islamic through particular historical processes. Forms identified with Islam can shed their Islamicness and acquire new coordinates in other contexts. Such transitions explicate the significance, yet permeability, of all boundaries, challenging Islam’s exceptionality. In the longue durée, forms can explain diachronic continuities. When observed turning into vessels for new ideas, forms index processes of change and transformation. Identified as literary genres and bureaucratic procedures, forms signify processes of authorization and exclusion.

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.

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.