Proposals for 20-minute papers on ‘Britain and the Muslim World: Historical Perspectives' are invited for presentation at a multi-disciplinary and international conference to be held at the Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, UK, 17-19 April 2009.
A collaboration between IAIS and SOAS, this conference aims to explore the historical impact of cross cultural encounters between the Muslim World and Britain by bringing together writers, established scholars, younger researchers, public intellectuals and members of the media to present and discuss cutting edge research on the question of how past relations have brought us to our current situation, and to propose directions for necessary further consideration and research. At present, scholarly knowledge of the multiple encounters between Britain and the Muslim World is dispersed among specialized academic disciplines and so largely unavailable to the media and general public. A key aim of the conference is to assemble specialists from all academic fields-history, international relations, finance, law, economics, politics, sociology, anthropology, migration and diaspora studies, gender studies, art history and design, music, and comparative literatures-and to bring them into dialogue while exploring ways of making their combined knowledge more generally available than it is at present in order to develop a deeper public understanding of the long cultural interaction between Islam and Britain.
Titles and abstracts of no more than 250 words please, by the end of September 2008 marked ‘BMW Proposal' to: email@example.com
Organisers: Gerald MacLean, Nadje Al-Ali, Robert Gleave
Sponsored by the British Academy, with research partners The British Museum
Gerald MacLean, FRAS, FRHistS
Professor of English
University of Exeter
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