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Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Islam after 9/11 (MLA 2021 panel)

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    Priyadarshini Gupta

    Hello All,

    I am organizing an MLA panel on the Politics of Islam after 9/11 and the details are written below. If the aim of the panel falls within the scope of your interest, please consider sending an abstract.

    Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Islam after 9/11

    Even though Said’s Orientalism critiqued the western view of Islam as a fixed force, Muslims were seen as a distant danger living in faraway lands. The discourse of Neo-Orientalism, on the other hand, represents Muslims as imminent visible threats because they live with “natives” in western spaces. Thus the Neo-Orient Muslim is a globalized entity: it has risen from depictions of subjugation and domination and is now dangerously autonomous, at least, in the extent of its representation in contemporary global fiction. Therefore in addition to Islamophobia, this panel investigates other paradigms in the representation of Muslims in humanities in the post-9/11 era and investigates how the racialized emotion against Muslims apply differently in different landscapes. The panel aims to engage in and around the following areas:

    • Orientalist tropes after 9/11 and the ways it manifests in contemporary interdisciplinary humanities
    • Muslims adapting and responding to the global pandemic of islamophobia
    • Non-Muslim and Muslim authors being complicit or resisting the “clash of civilizations” in their narratives and the ways in which their work reflect the political, social, and cultural politics of their nation-state
    • The ambiguous relation between moderate Islam, settler colonialism of refugees, appropriation, and neo-orientalism
    • The rise of scriptural Islam and its subjective reception in the Western and Eastern community

    Please send a bio and a 300-word abstract to Dr. Priyadarshini Gupta at by 20 March.

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