2018 ACSIS Conference



MARCH 23 AND 24, 2018



The American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS) will be hosting its 35th annual conference on “Islam in the Post-Obama Era” on March 23 and 24, 2018, co-sponsored by the Islamic Civilizations & Societies Program and generously supported by the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Current events in the United States and abroad – a new American administration, ongoing security concerns with respect to terrorism, extremism, immigration and refugees, rising concerns about climate change and changing faith identities, expectations and priorities among youth – will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars united by a broad interest in Islam and Muslim populations, but diverse in methodologies and fields of expertise, to examine the issues and highlight not only challenges, but also opportunities for the future.


Call For Papers

The conference seeks paper proposals addressing issues related to the challenges of the post-Obama era globally:

  1. Sectarian identity in either conflict or cooperation - Sunni-Shia conflict, tensions between Muslims and followers of other branch-off traditions from Islam, such as the Ahmadiyya, or between Muslims and members of other faith traditions
  2. Interreligious relations - current status and initiatives and opportunities for the future
  3. Immigration - both present and future expected challenges
  4. Refugees - policy, human rights, theological, and humanitarian assistance perspectives, as well as political dynamics
  5. Islam in the United States - political and legal dimensions and the impact of populism
  6. Environmental issues and climate change – impact of the 2015 Paris Agreement, Muslim responses to Laudato Si, initiatives in the Muslim world 
  7. Youth – changing roles of youth within the faith and their impact on it, questions of how Muslim youth identity is formed, constructed, negotiated, and navigated in the United States and Europe
  8. The changing dynamics and expressions of Islam as faith and practice - due to new realities of social media and changing expectations across generations

Scholars from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are invited to submit proposals. Please send proposal abstracts (250 words) and contact information to: Natana J. DeLong-Bas, Theology Department and Islamic Civilizations & Societies Program, Boston College, delongba@bc.edu. Selected participants will receive a $500 honorarium.

Paper submission deadline: December 1, 2017.

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