Call For Papers: Islamophobia and/in Post-Secular States


The Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus (in Camrose, Alberta) is pleased to announce an upcoming conference, “Islamophobia and/in Post-Secular States: Religion, Race, Science and Law.”


Conference dates: November 12-14, 2021


Violence against religious and racialized populations has a significant history in the West: from the Inquisition, which targeted Muslims and Jews in the Iberian Peninsula; to ethnic cleansing and genocide of Indigenous and Native peoples in colonial and settler colonial states; to forced migration and enslavement of African populations, and the Global War on Terror, among many other examples. In fact, Islamophobia might have shaped the conceptualization and construction of the encounter between the West and its internal and external “other.” The “Muslim subject” has appeared in different forms and shapes throughout history. Once thought to be confined to internal or individual prejudice, Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim racism and violence, is on the rise in Europe and North America. Although contemporary Western societies are considered to be post-secular, requiring citizens to accept the presence of diverse religious communities, they have, nonetheless, adopted various strategies of governing Muslim populations in and through emergencies, intervening into the rule of law with increased militarization, surveillance, and violations of human rights using law, technology, and the media. Analyses of the racialization of Muslim/Islam, securitization of Muslim/Islam, and discourses of rights prominently feature in scholarly and public discourse on Islamophobia.


By bringing together leading scholars and practitioners who study how Islamophobia manifests in and through various and new platforms, this conference hopes to develop a more comprehensive understanding and theorization of the pervasiveness of Islamophobia. We invite proposals for papers that explore any dimension of Islamophobia, that measure its effects, and that develop recommendations to address it. We hope that the conference will attract scholars, academics and practitioners from a range of epistemological positions and disciplinary standpoints. Possible themes and topics include (but are not limited to):


1. New Approaches and Theorization of Islamophobia in Post-Secularity

2. Relationships between Science, Religion, Law and Islamophobia

3. Connections between (anti)-Blackness, (anti)-Indigeneity and Islamophobia

4. Transnational Activism against Anti-Muslim Racism

5. Functions of Islamic Ethics in the Post-Secular in Addressing/Combating Islamophobia

6. Diverse Religious Communities’ Efforts Against Islamophobia

7. Islamophobia and Reformation/Regulation of Islam


To submit an abstract: Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words, with name/s and short biography (150 words) of the presenter/s, institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details. We welcome papers from graduate students, postgraduate researchers, independent scholars, and social justice practitioners.


Submit abstracts to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Please include “Islamophobia and the Post-Secular” in the subject line)


Deadline for abstract submission: Midnight, July 15, 2021. Successful presenters will be notified by August 1, 2021. Conference will be in-person at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, with the possibility of virtual presentation. For more information about the Centre, see: