The ambiguity of the term "Islamic Studies" - the lack of an immediately intelligible field of study or area of inquiry - affords scholars a wide berth to interpret what constitutes the study of historical and contemporary Islam. Interpretations and investigations related to Islam - the theory, method, and content of Islamic Studies - are therefore quite fluid concepts. As a consequence, any investigation that is qualified as part of Islamic Studies is as well an interpretation and iteration of what exactly the field is held to be. This is at once the privilege and duty of scholars of Islamic Studies, to define their field of study with each new scholastic pursuit.
The Second Annual McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Graduate Student Symposium will focus on students' academic work that provides insight into their particular interpretation and iteration of what Islamic Studies is.
Please submit a formal abstract (250-300 words) and CV no later than 20th January, 2012 by email to miisscsymposium @gmail.com. Submissions should also include the following information in the body of the email:
Presenters name, program (M.A, Ph.D.), year of study, research focus, university/department, complete address, telephone number, email address, title of paper, and audio -- visual requirements. Presentations must not exceed 15 minutes. Presenters will be informed of their acceptance by February 20th, 2012.
Proposals for panels are welcome. Note: we are unable to provide travel assistance.
Themes of papers can include but are not limited to:
Theoretical issues in the study of Islam
Feminism and gender in Islam and Islamic Studies
Islam(s) and modernity
Art, art history and the Islamic world
Islam, communications, and (new) media
Islam and the political
Islam and social and environmental Justice
Anthropological perspectives and the study of Islamic culture(s)
Islamic Studies and the study of ethics
The study of pre-modern Islam
Islam and "religion"
Historiographies of Islam and Islamic phenomena
Literature of Islamic societies
Secular vs. Faith-informed approaches to the study of Islam
"Queering" Islamic Studies
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