AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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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.
For the 2017 meeting, we welcome proposals on any aspect of Islam in the contemporary world. We are especially interested in presenting research on the following themes:
• Human and non-human vulnerabilities and practices of care
• Muslim resistance, activism, and solidarities
• Shifting political landscapes and Islamic movements
• Cultural production and contemporary Muslim arts
• Law and minoritization (fiqh al-aqaliyyat)
• Science and medical technology, especially questions of body, life, and death
Additionally, for a possible co-sponsored panel with Religion and Violence Unit, we seek proposals that examine manifestations of Islamophobia in different regional, institutional, and religious contexts.
For a possible co-sponsored session with the Religion and Public Education: International Perspectives Unit, we are interested in proposals that address the representation of Islam and Muslims in public school education, and the role of public schools in a climate of growing Islamophobia.
The Contemporary Islam Unit is committed to supporting inclusion. As a new explicit requirement of our unit, a successful pre-arranged session or panel proposal must incorporate gender diversity. Diversity of 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 at least three weeks before the conference (i.e., Friday October 27, 2017).
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.