Producing Islam(s) in Canada Workshop

In the last fifteen years, Muslim Canadians have received a great deal of scrutiny and attention. Questions around Islam and Muslims have increasingly occupied the courts (can a woman wear a face veil during the citizenship ceremony?), the press (is terrorism linked to Islam?), and policy circles (should school-age Muslim children be exempt from swimming or music classes?). Knowledge production on the study of Islam and Muslims in Canada has grown in a number of academic fields, reflecting a range of approaches and politics.

Yet, academic research on Muslims in Canada has never been systematically compiled, nor have scholars focusing on the study of Islam and Muslims considered the corpus of research experiences and findings. What have scholars focusing on Islam in Canada been studying in recent years? Has their scholarship been influenced by public discussion and global events? Has 9/11 had a significant influence on the research being conducted in Canada?

Our two-day invited workshop provided the first systematic and critical assessment of the study of Islam and Muslims in Canada to consider and critique the field. The workshop was unique in that instead of presenting prepared papers we reflected on pre-circulated case studies with guiding questions centered on identified challenges and specific case studies. Scholars explored how they have engaged with these cases in their work. On the second day, invited guests consulted on the key findings in a round-table discussion.

Some of our written outcomes include a shared bibliography and a peer-reviewed edited volume under review. We have produced podcasts about the case studies with Carleton Journalism and Communication students.

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Our team:
  • Jennifer A. Selby (PI, Memorial University)
  • Melanie Adrian (Co-investigator, Carleton University)
  • Amélie Barras (Co-investigator, York University)
  • Karim H. Karim (Collaborator, Carleton University)
  • Cory Funk (Research Assistant, Memorial University)
  • Erveina Gosalci (Logistics Assistant, Carleton University)
  • Bryn Tapper (Web Assistant, Memorial University)