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Call for Papers: 2nd AMI Graduate Islamic Studies Conference

The Al-Mahdi Institute is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2nd Graduate Islamic Studies Conference to be held between Saturday 6th of May 2023 and Sunday 7th of May 2023.

In May 2022, the Al-Mahdi Institute (AMI) hosted its inaugural Graduate Islamic Studies Conference aimed exclusively at master’s students, the first of its kind. The conference was initiated to provide students working in the field of Islamic studies and intending to pursue a career in research and academia with an opportunity to gain experience presenting at a conference and to network with likeminded peers. The conference was a huge success with sixteen students from eight different countries, seven different universities, and a variety of disciplines coming together to learn from each other and create connections which will hopefully last throughout their academic careers.

Given the success of the first conference, AMI is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2nd Graduate Islamic Studies Conference to be held between Saturday 6th of May 2023 and Sunday 7th of May 2023. The conference will be held in-person at the Al-Mahdi Institute. 60 Weoley Park Road, Birmingham, B29 6RB, United Kingdom.

Students enrolled on a masters programme (taught or research) in any discipline at the time of the conference at any university or institution are invited to submit abstracts on any topic in Islamic studies, broadly conceived as the study of Islam and Muslim societies.

Outline of the conference

Papers will be organised into panels of two or three presenters presenting on a similar theme. Each presenter will be allocated 15 minutes to present their paper followed by 10 minutes for questions from the audience.

It is expected that those presenting at the conference will attend the entirety of both days of the conference.

Submitting Abstract

Abstracts should include a title, be written in English, and should not exceed 200 words.

The abstract should be accompanied by your full name, the university or institution you are studying at, and a brief biography of no more than 50 words detailing one’s educational background and research interests. This will be used for the conference booklet.

Both the abstract and the biographical information should be submitted as a single PDF document.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to Adam Ramadhan (ramadhana@almahdi.edu).

Submission deadline

The deadline for submissions is 23.59 GMT on the 6th of March 2023. Abstracts sent after this date will not be considered.

Paper selection

Papers will be selected by a panel made up of the conference convenor and members of the faculty at the Al-Mahdi Institute.

Preference will be given to those papers utilising primary sources and original data and which demonstrate originality.

Travel, accommodation, and food

Accommodation will be provided for up to two days for each presenter.

AMI is able to cover the travel costs for a limited number of presenters. If you require financial support for travel, please contact the conference convenor.

Participants are encouraged to speak to their respective universities who often offer financial support for attending conferences. For those selected to speak but who will face financial difficulties attending, please email the conference convenor.

Lunch and dinner will be provided for each conference participant thanks to the hospitality of the Al-Mahdi Institute.

Information for those not presenting

For those not presenting but still interested in attending, a limited number of spaces are available for other students and supervisors of presenters whose presence would be welcome to provide encouragement and constructive feedback.

Further details on this will be advertised once the presenters have been selected.

Contact information

To submit your abstract and for any questions, please email Adam Ramadhan, the convenor of the conference, at ramadhana@almahdi.edu.

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