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AAIMS Conference 2019


Islam and Society: Challenges and Prospects




30 September - 1 October 2019


9:00 - 17:00 (AEST)


Whitlam Institute, Western Sydney University, Female Orphan School

Conference Information

The AAIMS 2019 conference, titled Islam and Society: Challenges and Prospects, was hosted by the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at Western Sydney University, and partnered with Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University.

The conference showcased and reflected on Muslim experiences across the world from multi-disciplinary perspectives. The conference brought together scholars from disciplines like law, politics, sociology, religious studies, geography, philosophy, and theology, and featured international and local keynote speakers who are leading scholars in their fields.


Keynote Speakers

Professor Deepa Kumar, a professor of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University in New York. Kumar's research centres on Islamophobia, empire, culture, gender, race, class in the media, neoliberalism, labour, and social class. She published the book Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire.



Professor Fethi Mansouri, UNESCO Chair on Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, and Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation. Mansouri specialises in migration studies, comparative refugee research, global Islamic politics, and multiculturalism and intercultural relations. He co-authored the book Intercultural Contact, Knowledge of Islam, and Prejudice Against Muslims in Australia.



Dr Shakira Hussein, is a writer and researcher for the National Centre for Excellence in Islamic Studies, The University of Melbourne. Hussein has completed extensive research into gender, multiculturalism, Islam, Muslim women, gendered violence, and radicalised political discourse. She co-authored the book We're Not Multicultural, But....