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

Deadline for submissions of paper abstracts and proposals has been extended in light of Covid 19. New deadline for submissions is 30 April 2020.

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 with restrictions on public gatherings due to Covid 19 has already led to the cancellation of several conferences and workshops. The Critical Muslim Studies Conference, however, is still nearly six months away, and we hope that we will be able to overcome various barriers to physical attendance and hold the conference without alteration (iA). We had many requests to extend the deadline for submissions of paper abstracts and proposals in light of these unusual circumstances.  Therefore, the deadline for submissions is being extended to 30 April 2020. With the very best wishes for your well-being.

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.

We invite individual and panel proposals from any relevant disciplinary field. Contributions can be historical or contemporary, theoretical or substantive.

Submission guidelines

Proposals of individual papers or panels should include the title, an abstract (of around 300 words), and the name(s) and a short biographical note (of approximately 50 words) about the speaker(s).

All submissions to be sent to: Sarah McLaughlin (

Extended deadline for submissions:  30 April 2020

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