This section features both national and international job vacancies, internships, calls for papers and other such professional opportunities that may be of value to AAIMS members.



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.




CALL FOR PAPERS: MENA MIGRANTS AND DIASPORAS IN TWENTY-FIRST-CENTURY MEDIA: This special issue of ‘Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies’ seeks papers that engage with the topic of MENA Migrants and Diasporas in 21st century media through analyses of representations in local, national, or transnational contexts, both in the Global North and South. We welcome topics including but not limited to examinations of otherness, statelessness, self-representation, cultural citizenship, diasporic activism, and aesthetics of representation. Submissions may include critical examinations of discourses of nation, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and disability among others. For the purposes of this issue, media is broadly defined to include print media (e.g., newspapers, magazines, novels, comics); broadcast media (e.g., radio, television, film), transit media (e.g., billboards, banners, posters); and digital media (e.g., blogs, websites, social media)

Submissions Due: 15 March, 2021

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CALL FOR PAPERS: ISLAMIC CONSTITUTIONS – MANAGING RELIGION AND POLITICS FOR THE JOURNAL ‘RELIGIONS’: This Special Issue of ‘Religions’ seeks papers that examine the ways in which constitutions, constitutional articles, and the writing and abolition of constitutions manage the relationship between religion and politics. Of particular interest are papers that grapple with this question in Muslim-majority countries across the globe, while highlighting the specific legal, social, and political consequences of how religion is altered by the state’s management of it through constitutional articles.

Submissions Due: 15 April 2021
Length of articles: approx. 10,000 words

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: AAIMS’ THIRD NATIONAL CONFERENCE: Submissions are now open for AAIMS’ Third National Conference, to be held at the Australian National University from 14-16 September, 2021. 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.

Proposals of up to 300 words and additional questions should be sent to 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.

Submissions Due: 1 June, 2021

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Call for Book Proposals: Routledge Studies in Islam and Human Rights: The Routledge Studies in Islam and Human Rights Series publishes scholarly monographs that examine the rich and complex intellectual and institutional legacy of Islam relevant to human rights and social (in)justice since the formative period of Islam (7th century CE). The Series aims to integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines employing new and established methodological and theoretical approaches in human rights research, taking into consideration the consequential legacies of colonialism, imperialism, and globalism on Muslim-majority countries in the modern era as well as the impact of Islam, as an idea and event, on indigenous peoples during the rise and expansion of the Islamic civilization.

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Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Quran Online (, edited by Johanna Pink (Universität Freiburg), is the world’s foremost digital historical-critical reference work on the Quran. We are seeking professional scholars with demonstrable expertise in a variety of disciplines for the expansion and updating of the Encyclopaedia. Since the printed volumes of Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Quran appeared in 2001-2006, the larger field of Quranic Studies has expanded considerably. To account for the explosion of new research related to the Quran, the Encyclopaedia of the Quran Online (EQO) will be adding new articles and updating older entries. If your field of study and expertise appears below, or you feel your research should be addressed by the EQO, please reach out to the relevant members of the editorial board.

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James Madison University, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor – Department of Philosophy and Religion

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Islam at the rank of assistant professor, to begin August 2021. We seek a dedicated teacher on a dynamic research trajectory to join our department of 22 full-time faculty (8 in Religion). This position forms part of a first-of-its-kind initiative at James Madison University: a cohort hire of six outstanding, tenure-track faculty working collaboratively in several interconnected areas, which include social justice, minority cultures and politics, racial equity, non-Western thought, and critical race studies. Scholars hired into this cohort will be appointed in six of the College’s ten departments: Sociology and Anthropology; History; Political Science; Justice Studies; Philosophy and Religion; and Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication. We seek excellent applicants within their particular disciplines, but also scholars and teachers eager to work across them, both within the College and beyond. Arriving as a cohort with broadly shared interests, successful candidates will enhance existing strengths in Latinx, African American, African diaspora, ethnic and global studies. A complete description of this cohort hire may be found here

Post-Doctoral Position: 2021-2022 Mellon Sawyer Seminar at the Graduate Center, CUNY

The Graduate Center of the City University of New York announces a post-doctoral fellowship for a scholar pursuing research on race and racialization in the Middle East/North Africa and among Middle Easterners/North Africans in the United States. The successful applicant must have the doctorate in hand by the start of the fellowship (August 25, 2021), but be no more than seven years beyond the granting of the PhD. The fellowship carries an award of $75,000 for one year; benefits are included. The recipient will be expected to present a lecture, to interact with graduate students, and to be an active participant in the year-long events (a seminar, a series of workshops, and a graduate course) associated with the Mellon-funded Sawyer Seminar, “Race and the Middle East/North Africa.

Submission Deadline: 1 March, 2021

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