McGill Islamic Studies Graduate Student Symposium CFP (deadline Nov 30)

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Call for Papers
November 30, 2019
Quebec, Canada
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, South Asian History / Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies


Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University

Graduate Student Symposium

March 26-7, 2020

The organising committee of the McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Graduate Student Symposium welcomes abstract submissions to their tenth annual symposium.

Our aim is to provide an opportunity for graduate students based in various parts of the world and approaching the study of Islamicate thought and life across time and space through a multiplicity of disciplinary and methodological approaches to share their work with the Institute’s faculty and students in an atmosphere of constructive and supportive criticism. We are pleased to invite graduate students at all stages of research and dissertation-writing related to Islam and Islamicate communities anywhere in the world (East Asia, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East) to submit proposals for individual paper presentations.

Reflecting our department’s primary research areas, the symposium’s themes include but are not limited to:

  • history, political science, and anthropology
  • theology, philosophy, mysticism, and jurisprudence
  • Urdu, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish literature

An abstract of 250-500 words and a one-page résumé should be sent electronically to by November 30, 2019. Please include a tentative title for your paper and two or three keywords describing its regional and disciplinary focus, as well as your name, programme of study (MA, MPhil, or PhD), and departmental and institutional affiliation. Applicants will be notified of a decision by December 30, 2019. It may be possible to offer a limited number of grants (of not more than 200 CAD) to contribute towards participants’ travel expenses. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any other queries.