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Conference: “Who Speaks for Islam? Approaches to Authority within the Academy and Beyond” – 17th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Student Conference in Middle East and Islamic Studies

February 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

The 17th Annual Duke-UNC conference is the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conference in the country. The theme for this year’s conference is “Who Speaks for Islam? Approaches to Authority Within the Academy and Beyond.” Questions to explore include: Who gets to speak for Islam and Muslims? What landscapes of authority exist in the Islamicate world? How do power dynamics between the state and other actors shape everyday perceptions of identity?

Keynote speaker Professor Kecia Ali, Professor of Religion at Boston University, will deliver her address Gender and the Politics of Islamic Studies at 3:40pm. For more details on the day’s program and the papers being presented please see here. Conference attendees can RSVP on Facebook and engage on dialogue about the conference online with the hashtag #IGSAconf2020. We hope to see you there!


February 29, 2020
10:00 am - 4:30 pm