3rd International Conference on Critical Muslim Studies: Re-Orienting the (Global) South

The third Critical Muslim Studies conference invites scholars, researchers and thinkers to engage with the theme of 'ReOrienting the (Global) South'.

This conference seeks to explore the intricate intersections between anti-colonialism, ethno-nationalism, and the emergence of Muslim political identities following the de facto abolition of the Caliphate in 1924. As we mark the centenary of this historic event, our conference seeks to investigate the processes that have firmly positioned Muslimness and the Muslim Question as a critical aspect of the global South.

Recent years have been marked by intense and sustained projects of re-colonising territories, peoples and communities identified as Muslim or Muslim adjacent. The subalternisation of Muslimness offers an opportunity to examine, in relational terms, how the construction of the global South was (and is) engineered through the exercise of colonial power.

This conference provides a dynamic platform for interrogating the advancements and challenges of anti-colonial and decolonial struggles, the cultivation of post-western horizons, and the boundaries and potentials of the global South within this context. Building upon the success of its two previous conferences, this international and interdisciplinary meeting aims to facilitate dialogue among researchers who may not explicitly identify with Critical Muslim Studies but share common concerns and interests within the field. The aim is to foster a broader, more inclusive understanding of Muslimness across the world.

This three-day conference will take place from 24th - 26th June 2024, and will be hosted at the University of Leeds.

The conference registration site is now live and registration is open until 24 May 2024

For full conference details, please visit the conference page on the Critical Muslim Studies website

The conference is organised by ReOrient, the Journal of Critical Muslim Studies, in association with the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, and with IISRA (the International Islamophobia Studies Research Association). 

The first Criticial Muslim Studies conference took place in September 2022 and focused on ‘ReOrienting the Post-Western’. The second Critical Muslim Studies conference, on the theme of ‘ReOrienting the Muslim Question’ took place in June 2023.