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.

Our most important concern is the health and welfare of our team and prospective attendees and due to the current restrictions and Government Guidelines this event has been postponed and will no longer take place next month (September 2020).

As we were keen to be able to hold this event here at the University we have made the decision to move this to April 2021 with the new dates being 7-9 April inclusive.

We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure we are working to follow Government Guidelines as and when they are updated and we will ensure all those who have registered an interest in attending or have submitted a paper are updated should anything change.

Please do not hesitate to contact us (s.mclaughlin1@leeds.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

The Conference Organising Committee

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.