Islam in America Research Symposium


Thursday, April 25, 2019, 2:00pm to 5:00pm


Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, 02138

The Harvard Muslim American Studies Working Group invites you to join us at the Islam in America Research Symposium at Harvard, designed to showcase work that engages the pasts, presents, and futures of Islam and Muslims in America. (Critical Muslim Studies, Muslim minorities in the West, and related topics may also be included). RSVP HERE



Sylvia Chan-Malik is a scholar of American studies, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. Her current research focuses on the history of Islam in the United States. More broadly, she studies the intersections of race, gender, and religion, and how these categories interact in struggles for social justice. Sylvia is the Faculty Director of the WGS Social Justice Minor. She is the author of Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color and American Islam (NYU Press, 2018) which offers an alternative narrative of American Islam in the 20-21st century that centers the lives, subjectivities, and voices of women of color. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (2009) and an M.F.A. from Mills College in Creative Writing.


The Muslim American Studies Working Group (MASWG) is a space of interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates pursuing scholarship on Muslim American histories, experiences, and intellectual traditions. The space will explore the connections between race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, migration, sectarian issues, and other factors within the Muslim American experience, problematizing these categories in the United States and in relation to power structures worldwide. Its goals are to build scholarly community, explore debates and developments in Muslim American Studies and related critical fields, and to enrich the research pursued by its members across Harvard University.


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