Call for Papers: Third National Conference Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS)

AAIMS is Australia’s leading academic association for scholars engaged in research and the dissemination of knowledge about Islam and Muslim societies. The Association is interdisciplinary and fosters a network of academics based at Australian universities to generate opportunities for joint scholarly research across disciplines and institutions, disseminate research by its members, and promote national and international collaborations.

AAIMS’ third national conference will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 14-16 September 2021 at the Australian National University in Canberra. Current and prospective AAIMS and BRAIS members are warmly encouraged to apply to present their ongoing research in any area of Islamic and Muslim Studies. In anticipation of state borders being open but restricted international travel, the conference will include both face-to-face and internet-based presentations and audience participation.

The central theme of this year’s conference, “The Future of Islam and Humanity: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities”, is meant to challenge decades-long perceptions of Islam as antithetical to peaceful coexistence and encourage papers that discuss the challenges and opportunities for Islamic and Muslim studies in local and global contexts. Participants are encouraged to consider the significance of the current time-period – by the latter half of this century, Islam is expected to have more followers than any other religion on the planet, surpassing Christianity for the first time in history. A focus on humanity refers to the collectively of human beings but also connotes the qualities of being humane, kind and compassionate, terms that have come to be proclaimed more loudly in the wake of the 2019 Christchurch massacre, COVID-19 pandemic and protests around the world calling for systemic change in support of human rights, equality and a more ethical, fair and just planet and for its inhabitants.

The conference welcomes presentations by academics of all levels including early career researchers and PhD students. We will be hosting specific events to support creating connections and career opportunities for participants involved in Higher Degree Research and early career academics.

We welcome both individual papers as well as panel submissions relevant to the study of Islam and Muslim societies. Proposals can be submitted for the traditional panel format as well as roundtable discussions, information sessions and interactive media. In addition to papers that focus on research, proposals that focus on learning and teaching, including language teaching and learning via online formats, are also welcome.

Proposals of up to 300 words and additional questions should be sent to by 1 June 2021 to be reviewed on an ongoing basis by members of the AAIMS executive and conference sub-committee. Please include relevant affiliation and contact information in a single Word Document. Panel proposals should be submitted as a single document with a short abstract for the panel as well as individual abstracts and author information. Panels may consist of 3 or 4 participants. Paper presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes.

All presenters will be required to be members of AAIMS (or BRAIS) by 31 July 2021. Membership details are available on the AAIMS website via this link. Specific technical information and timings will follow closer to the conference date and will be updated on our conference webpage.

The 2021 AAIMS conference will feature a keynote presentation delivered by Prof. Ibrahim Zein of Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar, who will discuss new research on the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad, arguably the most ground-breaking research in the field of Islamic Studies today. He will be joined by Ahmed El-Wakil who will discuss his field work and the evidence gathered to date towards the authentication of the Covenants.

The conference will also feature a roundtable discussion with prominent leaders in the fields of Islamic and Muslim Studies on the state of the fields of Islamic and Muslim Studies from global and national perspectives. This roundtable will provide insight on prominent areas of research today and propose new research directions for the future.

Conference papers are encouraged on any topic pertaining to research and teaching in the fields of Islamic and Muslim Studies. This includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes:

· Islam and Muslims in Australia and the West

  • Religiosity and identity
  • Islamic thought and practice
  • Experiences and issues during and post-COVID19 pandemic
  • Anti-Islam/Muslim sentiment, racism and Islamophobia
  • Extremisms and radicalisation
  • Ethical and legal thought
  • Social cohesion and coexistence

· Islam and Muslims in Muslim-majority and other minority contexts

  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Central Asia and Eastern Europe
  • South and South East Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

· Learning and Teaching Islamic Studies

  • Languages of Islamic Civilisation: Arabic, Persian and Turkish

· Islamic disciplines

  • Quranic Studies
  • Hadith and Sira Studies
  • Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Shariah and Fiqh
  • Maqasid and Maslaha
  • Classical and contemporary Islamic scholarship

· Interdisciplinary research on Islam and Muslims

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Communications
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Gender Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Hermeneutics
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Literary Studies
  • Philology
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Media (including social media)
  • Security Studies
  • Sociology
  • Theology