Islam and Society: Challenges and Prospects. AAIMS Second Conference on the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies

Hosted by the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University, in partnership with Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University.

Dates: September 30th- October 1st, 2019.

Location: Western Sydney University Parramatta South Campus (venue details to be advised).

The two leading nodes in Australian scholarship of race and ethnic studies are combining to offer the second Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS) Conference. After the successful inaugural conference, the second conference will further represent the depth and breadth of scholarship in Australia and internationally. It will showcase and reflect upon the range of Muslim experiences across many countries from multi-disciplinary perspectives. The conference will bring together scholars from such disciplines as law, politics, sociology, religious studies, geography, philosophy and theology. The conference will feature international and local keynotes who are leading scholars in their fields. 

The following leading scholars will feature as the keynote speakers:

Professor Deepa Kumar is a professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University in New York. Professor Kumar’s research centres on Islamophobia, empire, culture, gender, race, class in the media, neoliberalism, labor and social class. Her work is driven by an active engagement with the issues of neoliberalism and imperialism. Professor Kumar recently published the book ‘Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire’.

Dr Shakira Hussein is a writer and researcher for the National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies, The University of Melbourne. Dr Hussein has completed extensive research into gender, multiculturalism and Islam as well as Muslim women, gendered violence and radicalised political discourse. She recently co-authored journal article ‘We’re Not Multicultural, but…’

Professor Fethi Mansouri holds the UNESCO Chair on ‘Cultural Diversity and Social Justice’ and is the Director of Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. He specialises in migration studies, comparative refugee research, global Islamic politics and multiculturalism and intercultural relations. Since 2010, Professor Mansouri has been serving as an expert advisor to the UN on cultural diversity and intercultural relations. Last year, he co-authored ‘Intercultural contact, knowledge of Islam, and prejudice against muslims in Australia’.


We are calling for convenors and participants for conference panels on 
cutting edge topics that fit within the broad theme of the conference. We strongly encourage Higher Degree by Research students to attend. The conference program will include networking, feedback and mentoring sessions. HDR students are eligible for a discounted fee.

Topics for presentation might include (but are not limited to) the following:

• Geopolitics of Islam

• Islam in an era of populism

• Countering Violent Extremism

• Islam and women

• Muslim organisations, politics and volunteering

• Islamophobic ideologies, manifestation, impact and response

• Refugees and Islamophobia

• Youth and Islam

• Islam in the spaces of education

• Law and religion

• Muslim popular cultures and new media

• Islam in Indonesia

• Converts, reverts and apostates

Application Process:

Abstracts (100-200 words)

Brief bio (50-100 words)

Participants are expected to organise and financially cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Advice will be later provided on registration options and suitable accommodation.

Please send abstracts to:

Mehrnosh Lajevardi Fatemi ( by June 14th, 2019.

Queries can be directed to Professor Linda Briskman ( or Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh (