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Virtual: What Does Race Have to Do with Religion? Racialization and Worldwide Islam
February 20, 2021 at 8:00 am - February 21, 2021 at 5:00 pm
18th Annual Duke-UNC Middle East and Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference
Join the Islamicate Graduate Student Association for the 18th Annual Duke-UNC Conference, one of the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conferences in the U.S. This year’s conference, “What Does Race Have to Do with Religion? Racialization and Worldwide Islam” will be held online via a live video broadcasting platform on Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21, 2021. This year’s panels include an exciting line up of graduate student research, artists showcasing their work, and a keynote speech by Dr. Zareena Grewal.
Saturday, February 20
Welcome | 10:00-10:05 a.m.
Panel 1: Identify Formations and in Formation | 10:05-11:35 a.m.
– Discussant: Cemil Aydin, UNC Chapel Hill
– Poem: The Bright Country, Kimathi Muiruri
– Ibrahim Bechrouri
– Mixed Media: Westoxification (2020), Sarah Hakani
Break | 11:35 – 11:45 a.m.
Artist Presentations | 11:34 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Break | 12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
– Keynote: Dr. Zareena Grewal | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
– Reading: Muslims: Race, Islam and US Empire
Sunday, February 21
Welcome | 11:00 – 11:05 a.m.
Panel 2: Social Conflict and Resistance | 11:05 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
– Convergences of Indigenous, Black and Muslim Struggles From a Decolonial Racial and Spiritual Social Justice Perspective, Mohamed Abdou
– Implications of Racialization: Identify Conflict, Muslim-Americans Epistemologies, and Agency, Meena Naik
– Why are Black Muslim Students Leaving the MSA (Muslim Students Association)?, Nisa Muhammad
Break | 12:35 – 12:45 p.m.
Panel 3: Histories of Racialization | 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.
– Discussant: Youssef Carter, UNC Chapel Hill
– Narrating Muslim Histories in Nineteenth-Century North India, Mohsin Ali
– Becoming a Moor, Mahdi Blaine
– Color Me Muslim: “Signification” and Religious Identity in the African American Muslim Community, Nathan Lean