CFP: Literary Representations of "British Muslims" (UK) (7/30/07; 11/8/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Claire Chambers
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- A One-day Colloquium -

Institute of English Studies, University of London, UK
Thursday 8th November 2007

Call for Papers:

In the current political climate, an increasingly
complex debate is emerging about what it means to be
"British Muslim". Yet criticism of the UK's migrant
writing still tends to subsume religious identity
under such categories as ethnicity, nationality,
hybridity and "race." In an
effort to develop a more appropriate critical
vocabulary, this colloquium will examine
representations of Islam and specific Muslim
communities in recent British writing. It will explore
the diversity of Islam, both as a religion and a
civilization, as it is represented in a rich and often
contestatory body of writing.

Possible paper topics may include but are not limited

* Transculturalism in British Muslim writing
* Formal Strategies in Representing Belief
* Literary Stereotyping of the Islamist or Terrorist
* The Satanic Verses Affair and its Legacies
* Strengths and Limitations of "secular criticism"
* Literary Production: Questions of Publication and
* Representations of: Islam's Proscribed and
                        Prescribed Practices
                        Radical Politics amongst
                        British Muslims
                        Racism, Islamophobia, and
                        Social Exclusion
                        Islam and Gender Politics
                        Atheism vs. Faith
                        The "War on Terror"
                        British Muslims and

Please send abstracts of 200 words, with brief
biographical information (via Word attachment) to Dr
Claire Chambers: or School of Cultural
Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University, Civic Quarter,
Leeds, LS1 3HE, UK

Deadline: 30 July 2007

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