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Conference Program

Saturday, January 27 

9:30-10:00      Registration

10:00-12:00    Roundtable: Confronting the Western Perspective on Muslim Women

12:00-2:00      Lunch

2:00-4:00        Keynote with Dr. Reyhan Şahin

4:00-4:30        Coffee break

4:30-6:15        Roundtable: The Veil: Between Religious and Social Constructions

Poster Exhibit: Imagine Me by Angelika Böck 

All events will take place in the Niedersachsensaal, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Königsworther Platz 1, 30167 Hannover. For directions, please use the campus map (open the link and do a keyword search for building "1501"). 

Thank you to Annabee Buchladen (annabee.de) for providing us with our books for sale! 

Detailed Descriptions of the Panels and Keynote

Round Table 1: Confronting the Western Perspective on Muslim Women

Audience members are invited to articulate their assessment of Western prejudices against Muslim women in conversation with our chair and speakers, who will address Islamaphobia and other ways in which pre-formed conclusions about Muslim women in southeast Asian, Arab, and African countries, at the borders, and in Europe and the United States limit intercultural exchange and inwardly focused Islamic reform.

Chair: Fatima Alami 

Panelists: Raya Ahmad; Sara El Ouarti; Loujain Zughaiby representing photographer Adnan Sharbaji

Keynote: (The Discourse of ) Islamic Feminisms in Germany

In this keynote, Dr. Reyhan Şahin will provide a critical overview of numerous voices and trends in Islamic feminisms internationally before discussing the development, status quo, limitations, and necessary trajectory of Islamic feminisms in Germany specifically. Dr. Şahin is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Hamburg. Her dissertation, Die Bedeutung des muslimischen Kopftuchs: Eine kleidungssemiotische Untersuchung Kopftuch tragender Musliminnen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, won the Deutschen Studienpreis in 2013 and was published by LIT-Verlag in 2014. She routinely writes for popular venues, such as the Neue Züricher Zeitung and vorwärts. She has also produced numerous hip-hop albums under the artist name Lady Bitch Ray, with new music forthcoming in 2018.

Round Table 2: The Veil: Between Religious and Social Constructions

Panelists in this round table will discuss hijab, which perhaps most iconically symbolizes both Islam and Islamic feminism to many viewers and wearers alike. This round table will introduce audience members to the myriad of meaning that hijab holds, particularly for people at the crossroads of Arab and European nations and cultures. Panelists are particularly interested in the way that social context powerfully influences the depiction of the veil as religious duty.

Chair: Loujain Zughaiby

Panelists: Iman Ismail; Lina Chihabi; Loujain Zughaiby; further panelists to be announced