Call for Panel and Paper Proposals

The Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London invites proposal for the 2018 Annual CIWAS Conference on the theme of ‘Islam, the West, and Radicalism’ which will be held on the 14th and 15th of February 2018.

Recent years have seen new waves of political Islamic revival in West Asian and Islamic societies, the re-emergence of sectarian struggles, and a further development of radical ideologies in the region. The growing number of organized Islamic groups which, in West Asia, represent diverse political goals, are generating tensions beyond the borders of the region. These groups and religio-political dynamics are still not fully understood by academic and policy-making communities. This year’s conference theme engages the question of the role ‘the west’ has played in the on-going violence, and what influence these developments are having on western communities.

The first Annual Conference of the Centre of Islamic and West Asian Studies offers an opportunity to address these questions from different and original perspectives. We encourage panels and proposal which include new and under-researched approaches, and facets relating to these dynamics including (but not limited to):

  • Islam and the West (the Muslim diaspora, its coexistence with ‘others’ in the West), Islamic responses to radicalism
  • Islam and ethics (human rights, ethics, medical ethics and Islamic jurisprudence, women’s rights)
  • Spiritually in Islam (Islamic arts, rituals)
  • Islamic authority in an age of Western dominance

How to submit panel/paper proposals

Panels: a 250-word discussion of the theme of the panel and, for each presenter, a paper title and abstract (maximum 250-words) and contact details using form provided.

Individual papers: a paper title and abstract (maximum 250-words) and contact details using form provided.

Forms are available at here. Completed forms should be sent by email attachment to by 5pm (UK time), Monday 4 Dec 2017. And email notification confirming receipt of form submission will be sent.

Note that a number of travel grants will be available to cover part of the travel and accommodation expenses for the eligible speakers attending the conference.

For more information, please visit CIWAS website or email them at

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