MEICON student conference

History

The Middle East and Islamic Consortium of British Columbia (MEICON-BC) was founded in 2008 as a collaborative project of Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia with the participation of other British Columbian universities and colleges. It is hosted by the Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Purpose

The purpose of MEICON-BC is to provide an organizational basis for communication and cooperation among all British Columbian academics interested in the study of the Middle East and Muslim societies and cultures.

Organization

MEICON has no dues or officers, and is open to all British Columbian academics.

Functions

MEICON-BC organizes an annual student conference and provides an email list to post information on events of interest to its members.

Membership

Please email ccms@sfu.ca if you wish to be added to our mailing list in order to receive our regular e-digest highlighting upcoming academic events related to Middle East and Islamic studies.

MEICON 2019

The Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies organized this year the eleventh MEICON-BC annual student conference. It was held at the Harbor Centre, Simon Fraser University. Eighteen students from various institutions in the Northwest Pacific region presented their research. The presentations were divided into 6 panels, chaired by faculty members from SFU, UBC and UVic. The keynote address was delivered by Professor Tamir Moustafa, the director of the School for International Studies at SFU, discussing hid latest book Constituting Religion: Islam, Liberal Rights, and the Malaysian State (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Participants were treated to a music interlude performed by local musicians Amir Eslami and Maryam Soroushnasab.

This conference remains a major event for students in British Columbia, Washington State and beyond. It showcases the strength of Middle Eastern and Islamic studies throughout the province and beyond.

The Middle East and Islamic Consortium of British Columbia (MEICON-BC) is a collaborative project of Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia. Its purpose is to provide an organizational basis for communication and cooperation among British Columbian academics interested in the study of the Middle East and Muslim societies and cultures.