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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Contemporary Islam Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

The mission of this Unit is to provide a venue for discussing emerging problems and developments within Muslim societies and Islamic studies during the past 200 years, particularly in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

Call for Papers: 

For the 2018 meeting, we welcome proposals on any aspect of Islam in the contemporary world. We are especially interested in presenting research on the following themes:

• Democracy and authoritarianism, including democratic movements and sensibilities vis-a-vis the state, and Islamic reflections on political modernity, public life, freedom, and justice
• The politics of scholarship on Islam, including issues of academic freedom and Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)
• Lived Islamic law, beyond textual formulations
• Race and racialization of Muslims
• Popular culture: visual and print media, art, film, music, fashion, materiality
• In conjunction with the meeting location in Colorado: Muslims in the Rocky Mountain region/"flyover" states/the Midwest

• American Islam Online
Exploring how Muslim community building and Islamic practices are uniquely shaped via social media platforms and online resources. Co-sponsorship with the Contemporary Islam Unit and the Religion, Media, and Culture Unit.

The Contemporary Islam Unit is committed to inclusion. Our unit requires pre-arranged sessions or panel proposals to incorporate gender diversity; diversity of race, ethnicity, and rank are also highly encouraged.

Our unit seeks to encourage and facilitate dialogue between panelists before, during, and immediately following individual presentations. To this end, it is essential that presenters commit to providing the full text of their presentation for pre-circulation among panel participants by the end of October.

If your proposal gets accepted and you agree to be on the program, we expect you to show up to participate in the annual meeting, barring unforeseeable exceptional circumstances. Please note that it is the policy of all Islamic Studies program units to ban no-shows at the Annual Meeting from the program for the following two years.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee