Muslim Studies Program 15th Annual Conference

Thu, February 24, 2022 9:00 AM - Fri, February 25, 2022 3:45 PM at WEBINAR

Muslim Studies Program 15th Annual Conference Michigan State University, Webinar Format

February 24-25, 2022


THEME: “Belonging Nowhere”: States of Statelessness and Displacement in the Muslim World


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Thursday, February 24

9am – 9:15am EST Opening Remarks: Steven Hanson, Farha Abbasi, Najib Hourani, Linda Sayed

9:15am – 10:45am EST Panel 1: REGIMES OF BELONGING: PART 1

* Benjamin P Beames (U. Chicago): Stateless by Design: The Shadow Children of Turkey

* Mehrnaz Hashemi (Shahid Beheshti U.): Iran’s Legal Regime Concerning Refugees: Shortcomings and Challenges

Stephanie Nawyn (MSU): Islamic Hospitality and Informalization of Refugee Rights

* Jinan Bastaki (UAE U.): The Right to Return Nowhere: Palestinians in Arab States

Discussant: Najib Hourani (MSU)

11:00am – 12:30pm EST Panel 2: EXPRESSIONS OF DISPLACEMENT 

* Aseel Sawalha (Fordham U.): The Hinderances of Making Art at Times of War: Two Cases from Amman 

* Riyad Shahjahan (MSU): A Temporal Gaze towards Academic ‘Statelessness’: Bangladeshi Mobile Scholar Perspectives

* Leila Tarakji (MSU): Reclaiming Home and Humanity in Narratives of Displacement 

* Hanan Aly (MSU): The Stateless Other in Literature of the Arab Diaspora 

Discussant: Salah Hassan (MSU)

1:15pm – 2:15pm EST KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: ROCHELLE DAVIS (Georgetown U.), “Studying Displacement and    

    Statelessness in the World Today”

2:30pm – 4:00pm EST Panel 3: DISPLACEMENT AND DAILY LIFE

* Sabah Uddin (Bowie State U.) & Nabila Hijazi (Loyala U. Maryland): Syrian Refugee Women Transcend Time

   and Space to Construct “Home”

* Alyssa Miller (German Inst. GA): Kinship and the Affective Politics of Citizenship for Tunisian Returnees

* Marwa Bakabas (MSU): No Space for Birth, No Space for Death

* Michael Perez (U. Memphis): Enduring Statelessness: Ex-Gaza Refugees and the Politics of Ordinary Life

Discussant: Linda Sayed (MSU)

Friday, February 25


* Farha Abbasi (MSU)

* Omar Reda (ind. psychiatrist)

* Hadia Zarzour (ind. professional counselor)

Discussant: Farha Abbasi (MSU)

10:30 – 12pm EST Panel 5: REGIMES OF BELONGING: PART 2

* Ashley Walters (U. Connecticut): Citizens of Nowhere: Stateless Muslims in the United States

* Zainab Saleh (Haverford U.): The Tale of Homecoming

* Thomas McGee (U. Melbourne): Syria’s Changing Statelessness Landscape

* Randa Serhan (Barnard C.):Palestinians in Lebanon: From Refugees, to Stateless, to a State of Indefinite Exception

Discussant: Stephen Gasteyer (MSU)


* Basit Kareem Iqbal (McMaster U.): Ghurba and the Vagaries of Re-habilitation 

* Hossein Ghazizadeh (Tehran U.)Citizenship and Statelessness in Islamic Jurisprudence with Shiite Recitation: A Case Study of the Jurisprudential and Legal Status of Non-Shiite Muslim Refugees 

* Gozde Burcu Ege (U. Washington): Negotiating Charity and Humanitarianism in the Youth Volunteers’ Practices 

* Jyotsna G. Singh (MSU): “Muslim Citizenship and Belonging in Contemporary India”

Discussant: Waseem El-Rayes (MSU)

 2:45pm – 3:45pm: Closing discussion among participants  




Organized by the Michigan State University Muslim Studies Program and cosponsored by the African Studies Center; Asian Studies Center; Center for European, Russian, & Eurasian Studies; College of Arts & Letters; Dept of Anthropology; Dept of Religious Studies; Dept of Sociology; Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities; Global Urban Studies Program; James Madison College; and Peace & Justice Studies.