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.

‘Islam and Society: Challenges and Prospects’ will be held this year from September 30th to October 1st at Western Sydney University, Parramatta South Campus (venue details to be advised). The conference is hosted by the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University, in partnership with Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University.

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.


In addition to papers, 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 Monday, May 6th 2019.

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

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