1st International Conference on Critical Muslim Studies: ReOrienting the Post-Western

In light of recent events, we would like to update you on the Critical Muslim Studies Conference at the University of Leeds.

We wanted to update you all on the plans for The First International Conference on Muslim Studies currently organised to take place in April 2021.

We are still working hard in the background to try and bring our conference onto campus here at the University next year. At present we are unable to confirm if this will be able to happen as we continue to await updates on the current pandemic and follow government guidelines which change frequently to reflect the circumstances here in the UK.

We hope to be in a better position to decide on how to move forward in the New Year and will continue to update you as and when we are able to. It is of the utmost importance to us that we are able to ensure the safety of our students, visitors and staff all of which will be factors in any decisions made.

Once again we want to express our thanks for your patience and interest in joining us. If you have any questions at all, please email - s.mclaughlin1@leeds@gmail.com

To mark the 5th anniversary of the journal ReOrient, the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies at the University of Leeds will host the first international conference on Critical Muslim Studies.

The current proliferation of the ‘critical’ as a prefix in an ever-increasing range of fields and sites addressing an engaging an epistemological and methodological problem has long presented a challenge and opportunity to advance legacies in shaping our understanding of the world. A disparity of efforts, however, is discernible among scholars grappling in different fields against the impasses of positivism, presentism and the entrenchment of disciplines in epistemic cages forged as part of Europe’s worldmaking.

The key touchstones of Critical Muslim Studies, emphasise scholarship that is non-positivist, and conceptually rigorous. It is an approach that includes being attentive to racial formations and processes of racialisation; engaging with comparative and transnational context and processes on a global scale, and mapping out non-linear histories, discontinuities and genealogies.

This international and interdisciplinary conference aims to bring into conversation researchers who may not necessarily identify themselves as doing Critical Muslim Studies but share some of the same concerns and interests and recognise the need for epistemic decolonisation.