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Colloquium: The Study of Islam & Muslim Communities in Latin America & the Caribbean

This colloquium (20-21 October 2021) features scholars addressing gaps in both Islamic studies and the study of Latin America and the Caribbean in transdisciplinary perspective. Because the study of Latin America and the Caribbean is not at the center of Islamic studies and the study of Islam and Muslims is not at the center of Latin America and Caribbean studies, this colloquium offers space for discussing novel, experimental research in both fields, which will further promote their respective incorporation.

The event will be held online via WebEx and all times listed are Central European Time (CET).

Highlights include:

  • Scholars from universities in Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. sharing a diverse range of disciplinary and geographic perspectives on Islam and Muslim socialities in the Americas;

  • an address by Dr. Aisha Khan based on her most recent book The Deepest Dye (Harvard University Press);

  • the launch of The Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean (Lynne Rienner) and a discussion to follow.

Wednesday, 20 October
  • 4:00 - 5:45 pm CET Panel: "Race, Religion, and Identity among Muslims in the Caribbean” (registrations limited to 25 participants)

    • "Paths of transformation among Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean Muslims: a diachronic and global perspective," Dr. Philipp Bruckmayr (University of Vienna)

    • "The Indo-Caribbean Qasida: Post-Indenture Muslim Devotional Songs," Dr. Aliyah Khan (University of Michigan)

    • “Memories of Protest: Identity and Activism in a Bermudian Muslim Community,” Dr. Alaina Morgan (University of Southern California)

  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm "A Parallax View: Obeah, Hosay, and Race in the Atlantic World," a talk by Dr. Aisha Khan (New York University)

Thursday, 21 October
  • 4:00 - 5:45 pm CET Panel: “Diaspora Dynamics and Local Adaptations in Mexico and Colombia” (registrations limited to 25 participants)

    • “Afro-Colombian Muslims in Buenaventura: how Islam entered, spread, and adapted to one of the most deprived cities of Latin America,” Dr. Baptiste Brodard (Universidad Veracruzana)

    • “YouTubing Faith: Participation & Identity Manifestation among Muslim Immigrants in Mexico on YouTube,” Nik Hasif (University of Copenhagen)

    • "Islam in Mexico: diversity, accomodations and approaches,” Dr. Arely Medina (Universidad de Guadalajara)

  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm CET Book Launch & Conversation: The Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean

    • Moderator: Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs (Humboldt Universität Berlin)

    • Author: Dr. Ken Chitwood (Freie Universität Berlin)

    • Respondents: PD Dr. Nora Lafi (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient) & Andrea Miranda (Freie Universität Berlin)

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