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2016 Cadbury Provisional Programme

2016 Cadbury Provisional Programme: ‘Bodies of Text: Learning to Be Muslim in West Africa’

The 2016 Cadbury programme explores the practices, disciplines and debates through which West Africans learn to be Muslims. Focusing on the elaborate and complex systems of Islamic learning that have emerged in the region, we ask how knowledge about being Muslim is passed on and acquired through the circulation of ideas and texts, and through physical, emotional and social forms of discipline. In the often multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies of West Africa, how does one learn to be Muslim and differentiate oneself from non-Muslim others? And how does one develop a particular Islamic identity amongst many ways of being Muslim?

Five visiting fellows based at African Universities have been appointed and will participate in the below programme of seminars, discussion groups, and other activities.

The programme will culminate in a conference on ‘Bodies of Text: Learning to be Muslim in West Africa’, to be held at Department of African Studies and Anthropology at the University of Birmingham on 30 June and 1 July 2016. A full programme for the conference will follow shortly.

For updates and to follow the programme on twitter please use the hashtag:

#bodiesoftext

All events will be held at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, 2nd Floor of the Arts Building, University of Birmingham

All events are free and open to all.

11th May- 3pm 4pm – 224 Danford Room
Dr Emilie Roy: “Arabisants’ reformulation of religious practices and social values in Mali”

19th May – 2pm 4pm – 224 Danford Room
Dr Aliyu Alabi: “Adabiyya and Markaziyya Knowledge Praxes in Ilorin 1960-2015”

25th May – 2pm 4pm – 224 Danford Room
Dr Yunus Dumbe: “Constructing Salafi Identity and Islamic Radicalisation in Ghana”

1st June – 2pm 4pm – 224 Danford Room
Professor Louis Brenner ‘Shaping Muslim Identities in West Africa, Past and Present’

8th June – 2pm 4pm – 224 Danford Room
Dr Issouf Binaté: “Commemorations of the birth of Prophet Muhammad or Mawlid in northern Ivory Coast: between reislamisation, socialization and political legitimacy”

15th – 2pm 4pm – 224 Danford Room
Dr Yomi Ogunsanya – “Of Central Mosques and the Production of Islamic Identity among Hausa Migrants in Southwestern Nigeria”

28th June – 2pm 4pm – 224 Danford Room
Dr Mohamed Said Mathee: Timbuktu’s intellectual and social histories

30th June (9am – 5pm) and 1st July (9am – 5pm) 2016 –224 Danford Room
2 day interdisciplinary international Cadbury conference ‘Bodies of Text: Learning to be Muslim in West Africa’

30th June (9am – 5pm) and 1st July (9am – 5pm) 2016 –224 Danford Room

 

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2 Responses to “2016 Cadbury Provisional Programme”
  1. A very educative programme/conferene. I wish I’ll be there…..but I shall be grateful to read the conference post and others…

  2. This is not only a conference but also ‘knowing each other’ with knowledge…

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