2020 Student Research Symposium


Muslims in the Global:Past and Present

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to present their research at the CERIS Research Symposium on April 4, 2020 at the University of Pittsburgh. A broad range of topics are accepted (see below a list of past papers presented.) If you think a paper you are writing or a project completed (visual arts, poetry, etc) may qualify but aren’t sure, please email Elaine Linn at eel58@pitt.edu. After the abstracts are received titles will be grouped according to themes that emerge. The symposium brings together students and faculty interested in the diverse topics related to Islamic studies within the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences and professional disciplines, allowing time for engagement, networking and mentoring. In addition to the student presentations there will be a keynote address and lunch.

Students seeking overnight accommodations should contact Elaine Linn at eel58@pitt.edu

An abstract of no more than 250 words is required by March 21, 2020 about the paper or project. The strongest abstracts will include most or all of the following:

A statement of the purpose of the research.
A statement of the kind of data or texts which provided the basis for the research.
A statement of the relevant theory and research basis to which the research relates.
A brief summary of the findings and conclusions (if research paper is complete).


The complete paper with student name should be sent to cerisnet@gmail.com by March 28, 2020. There is an eight page minimum for papers. Papers must be double-spaced, with citations of at least eight resources (using MLA format).

Student presentations will be limited to 12 minutes with an additional five minutes for questions from faculty and audience. All rooms will be media equipped.

Working Schedule for the April 4 event
8:30 AM Registration and Refreshments
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome Remarks
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Student Panels -
11:30 AM Keynote Address
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Concluding Remarks

A selection of past topics presented:
Jerusalem Light Rail: Co-presence in a Contested City
Xenophobia in Germany and Why We Should Care
Aisha: Her Life and Legacy for Modern Islamic Feminist Movements
An Exploration of China's Most Controversial Ethnic Minority: the Uyghurs
How Muslim Immigrants in Europe Adapt to Conflicts in State and Religious Laws
An Era of Volatile Transition: Uncovering the Hindu-Muslim Tension in Mumbai, India
Humanitarian Colonialism under the French 3rd Republic
Colonies, Cotton, and the Global: Economy: How Uzbekistan Became Dependent on Cotton in the Imperial Era
The Legacy of Malcolm X
A Comparative Study of Late Ottoman Society and State: Jabal Nablus and Mosul
Disease of Affluence: Economic and Educational Foundations of ‘Homegrown Terrorism’ in Europe and the United States
“'I’m Known For Blowing Up Beats And Governments': The Arabian Nightz and Their Role in Egyptian Hip-Hop and the Arab Spring."
The Qur’anic Moses and Early Islamic Attitudes toward Judaism
Iran and Tajikistan’s Language Policy
Palestinian Hip Hop
Islam and Women’s Rights: An Analysis of Malaysia and Saudi Arabia

The Rebel Sorceress: Gender, Politics, and Religion in Africa from Colonial Times to the Present
The Feminist Hijab
Female Circumcision: Roles in the Islamic Faith, Culture and History, and the Physical and Psychological Repercussions of the Procedure
Women’s Rights, Domestic Violence and Honor Killings
Jordan’s Reproductive Policies
Political Competition as a Mechanism to Promote Human Rights: A Comparative Case Study of Women’s Rights in Libya and Algeria