Everyday Muslim’s third annual symposium will aim to explore constructions of Black Muslim identity and heritage in the UK and how the stories of Black British Muslims intersect within the wider British Muslim society and beyond. It aims to bring together those working in academic, heritage, arts and media organisations to interrogate the changing ways in which everyday Black Muslim life has been represented and archived. It seeks to ask how the process of constructing a Black Muslim heritage has changed over the years and looks forward to possible forms that this might take in the future.

We welcome 15-minute academic papers, spoken word or short dramatic performance on any aspect of Black Muslim heritage in the UK. We are keen to capture a wide range of voices across a number of different sectors and therefore welcome papers with a non-academic focus.

Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

  • Representations of Black British Muslims (in art, heritage, media and education)
  • Black British Muslims and the wider Muslim communities
  • Existing and suggestions for projects on Black British Muslims identity/heritage/histories
  • Black British Muslims and the curriculum
  • Black British Muslims migration experiences
  • Racialisation of Black British Muslims
  • Museum and archives policy, practice and collection development
  • Black Muslim role models

Interested participants should send an abstract (maximum 300 words) and a short biography to: info@khizrafoundation.org by midnight Friday 22nd December 2016.

The Symposium; An Exploration of Black Muslims in British History and Heritage is just one step towards our proposed archive and heritage project: The Heritage Story of British Black Muslim’s in London. A Present Day Narrative with a Historical Reflection. We are working with the George Padmore Institute to create an archive of Black Muslim heritage for the purpose of taking ownership, documenting and preserving Black Muslim heritage for future generations. We hope to announce more details of the project at the symposium in 2017.

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