(De-)Centering Islam and the Question of Authenticity

The 10th annual Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Graduate Conference will be held on February 16-17, 2013, at Duke University (The Franklin Center).  We have 15 papers this year, with participants attending from all over the country and a few international students as well. The theme is “(De-)Centering Islam and the Question of Authenticity.”  The keynote speaker for the conference this year is Alireza Doostdar, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and the Anthropology of Religion at University of Chicago.  His talk is entitled, “Islam, Authenticity, and the Vicissitudes of Abstraction.”   His talk will begin at 4:30 Saturday February 16. All are welcome to attend; you can see a more complete schedule and info here.