Muslim Counterpublics in the Indian Nation-state Public Sphere

deadline for submissions: 
July 15, 2024
full name / name of organization: 
Shahwar Kibria Maqhfi, UCLA

This panel will explore the unfurling of the Muslim public in the Indian nation-state. We wish to discuss how the Muslim counter-publics narrativize dissent, distress, identity, and a sense of belonging and pride. It connects with notions of the Muslim as an ethical citizen, subject, witness, victim, and the other / outsider. Furthermore, is it possible to imagine a Muslim counter-public full of potential creativity in certain situations of loss and lacunae? We invite papers that explore the deep history and / or the contemporary imaginings of these entanglements from the vantage point of songs, music, literature, poetry, dastangoi, oral historiography, text, and cinema. We are eager to hear from early-career and advanced scholars from related or allied fields in history, anthropology, ethnomusicology, film and media, and literary and religious studies. To be considered for the panel, please fill out this form

Abstract submission deadline: 15 July, 2024

Decisions will be sent out by 25 July, 2024. Only those selected for the panel will be contacted. To present at the conference, you must be registered with ECSAS. More details here.

ECSAS 2025 will take place in Heidelberg, Germany, from 1st to 4th of October 2025. To know more please see: ECSAS 2025

We do not guarantee funding for travel or accomodation for our selected panelists. Please contact your institution for advice on travel bursaries related to conference and academic meetings. 

Panel convener: Shahwar Kibria Maqhfi (, PhD candidate, UCLA.

Header: Poster from an anti-CAA protests in Delhi, August 2020. 

Poetry: Rahat Indori

Image courtesy: Left Turn