Forthcoming Events, Conferences in Islamic Studies


Call for Papers
First Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Conference
on Islamic Studies
March 26-27, 2004
Deadline for Proposal Submission: December 15, 2003

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The Programs in Islamic Studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill invite proposals for papers to be presented at the first annual graduate conference on Islamic studies to be held on March 26-27, 2004. This two-day international conference will explore topics around the broadly conceived theme of, “New Directions in the Study of Islam and Culture.” This conference will gather together researchers from a wide spectrum of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences who are engaged in the study of Islam.
We encourage proposals that are interdisciplinary in nature and which engage the subject from any number of perspectives and disciplines. The concept of “Culture” permits the spectrum of topics to be quite broad, across not only time, but geographical space, as well. Topics can address, but are not limited to, law, theology, Qur`anic exegesis, mysticism, politics, economics, literature, gender, race, and popular culture, for example. We encourage the subject to be addressed from any number of perspectives: historical, theoretical, philological, anthropological, or literary, inasmuch as these terms imply a methodology in approaching the study of Islam. However, although a wide variety of topics is encouraged, we expect submissions will address the idea of Culture to some capacity as it can be broadly understood, which would permit an understanding of Culture as being entirely distinct from or inherently embedded in Islam as a subject of study.
We will accept proposals for individual papers from graduate students at any stage: pre- or post-dissertation. Junior scholars in the early stages of their careers are also welcome to submit proposals. Those submitting individual papers should send a 500-word abstract and a 1-page CV. All proposals and CVs must include the participant’s name, institution, department, mailing address, phone number, and email address. Your name should appear on the upper right-hand corner of each page. 

The deadline for the submission of proposals is December 15, 2003.

Proposals and CVs will be accepted by email (please attach the documents as either a Word or RTF file), fax or regular mail. Send proposals to the attention of:

Karen Ruffle/Canguzel Zulfikar/G. A. Lipton 
Department of Religious Studies
101 Howell Hall, CB#3225
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3225
FAX (919) 962-1567 
Youshaa Patel/Brett Wilson
Department of Religion
209 Gray Building, Box 90964
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708
FAX (919) 660-3650

For information about the conference, please contact any member of the conference committee via email.