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SOAS South Asia Institute

Muslim South Asia Graduate Research Conference


Date: 28 October 2013Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 28 October 2013Time: 7:15 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: B202

Type of Event: Conference

First Muslim South Asia Annual Graduate Conference

The first annual graduate Muslim South Asia Research Forum (MUSA) conference at SOAS, University of London, showcased the work of young scholars from Europe, UK, the US, Pakistan and India. Papers dealt with Muslim societies in the Subcontinent across a range of disciplines, including Politics, History, Cultural Studies and Law.

The themes discussed included Muslim Representations of Self and Others, Muslim Thought and Practice, Mobilisations and Activism and South Asian Muslims in Transnational Contexts. A key-note address on the direction of research in the field and its future development was delivered by Professor Francis Robinson (University of Oxford), followed by a lively plenary discussion amongst discussants and with the audience.

The State of the Art - A discussion on the direction of research on Muslim South Asia, led by Professor Francis Robinson

With the aim to broader access to research and academic networks to South Asian students, the Muslim South Asia Graduate Forum has provided travel grants for participants coming from India and Pakistan.

The MUSA Founding Committee said: “SOAS has a fantastic range of academics and students working on issues relevant to Muslim South Asia. Through MUSA, we bring SOAS at the centre of an interdisciplinary and international community of research students. As young scholars, practitioners and intellectuals we actively connect with more experienced academics, exchange ideas and collaborate with each other to promote new thinking and scholarship on South Asian Muslim societies.”

9:00 –  9:20Registration and Welcome
Brunei Gallery, 2nd Floor, Room B202, SOAS Campus
9:20 – 11:00

Panel 1
Muslim Thought and Practice in South Asia
Chair: Dr. James Caron

  • Megan Robb - Men as Women: Voyeurism and Transvestism in Madinah Newspaper
  • Priyanka Basu - Singing for/from the Nation: Reading Cultural Identity through Performance in Bangladesh
  • Omar Kasmani - Saintly Passages: Space and Embodiment among Fakirs of Sehwan Sharīf
  • Meryem Zaman - Barometers of Social Change: Women and the Identity of Pakistan
11:30 – 11:45Coffee break
11:45 – 13:25

Panel 2
Muslim representations of self and by others
Chair: Dr. Shabnum Tejani

13:25 – 14:15Break
14:15 – 15:30

Panel 3
Social movements, religio-political movements and mobilisations in South Asia
Chair: Dr. Matthew Nelson

15:30 – 15:45  Coffee break
15:45 – 17:25  

Panel 4
South Asian Muslims in transnational contexts
Chair: Dr. Caroline Osella

17:25 – 17:45Break
17:45 – 19:15

Plenary Session (Brunei Gallery, 2nd Floor, Room B202, SOAS Campus)
Chair: Professor Francis Robinson

The State of the Art: A discussion on the direction of Muslim South Asia

19:15 – 21:00Evening Reception (Russell Square Main Building, 1st Floor, SCR, SOAS Campus)
Address by Professor Michael Hutt
Book of Abstracts
Book of Abstracts 

MUSA Graduate Conference 2013 photo album
  • SOAS Centre of South Asian Studies
  • Doctoral School
  • Center for Ethnic Minority Studies (CEMS)
  • Arts and Humanities Faculty
  • Languages and Cultures Faculty
  • Law and Social Sciences Faculty

Contact email: musa@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: 020 7898 4893/2