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SOAS South Asia Institute

MUSA "Big Star, Rising Star" Speaker Series

The “Big Star, Rising Star” concept aims to bring together established academics (Big Stars) in conversation with early career researchers (Rising Stars) in a workshop-lecture where both present thematically linked components of their work.

After MUSA’s first graduate conference in October 2013 we had several conversation with conference participants and friends about what MUSA should do next. An idea that appealed to us a great deal was to kick-start a MUSA "Big Star, Rising Star" speaker series. The “Big Star, Rising Star” concept aims to bring together established academics (Big Stars) in conversation with early career researchers (Rising Stars) in a workshop-lecture where both present thematically linked components of their work. In line with MUSA's objectives of promoting collaboration and innovation in the study of Muslim societies in South Asia, we aim to create a shared platform for early career researchers to engage with and present their work alongside more senior academics. We also structure these sessions to prompt our speakers to share their experiences and challenges in carrying out their respective research.

We have worked out the format of the sessions so that they run over 2 hours spread across two integrated parts, the first in which our speakers present their research on a particular topic (40mins) and the second which is a discussion on how both the senior and early-career researchers set about actually doing this particular research (30mins). Both sessions will be followed by 20 minutes of open Q&A with the audience. There will be a ten-minute coffee/drinks break at a suitable time during the session.

Your thoughts and feedback on the above would be extremely valuable to us. Please write to us on musa@soas.ac.uk, stating your name, role and institutional affiliation.

We are really excited to be welcoming some of the best known figures in South Asian studies at MUSA’s Big Star, Rising Star speaker series. The confirmed events schedule is below. We are still seeking early career researchers to pair-up with these Big Stars. If you are interested, or know of somebody who would be suitable, please write to us.

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Forthcoming Events

Enmeshed Socio-Economic Legalities - Women and Islam in South Asia

Professor Werner Menski / Associate Professor Gopika Solanki

22 May 2014, Brunei Gallery, B102, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM