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Exploring Contemporary Muslim Art, Culture and Heritage in Britain

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Muirhead Tower (R21), University of Birmingham

Birmingham

B15 2TT

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Our next MBRN event will be held in association with the Dept of Theology & Religion at the University of Birmingham on Thursday 14th September 2017.

The day’s theme is ‘Exploring Contemporary Muslim Art, Culture and Heritage in Britain’.

Confirmed speakers/panellists include:
Abid Hussain - Director, Arts Council England
Dr Fatima Zahra Hassan - Educator & Artist, Miniature Painting & Islamic Art
Luqman Ali, Artistic Director, Khayaal Theatre
Sara Choudhrey - ‎PhD Candidate, Digital Islamic Art, University of Kent
Dr Jamil Sherif - East London Mosque Archive
Dr Rula M. Al-Abdulrazak - Senior Lecturer, University of East London
Dr William Barylo - Affiliate Researcher, EHESS (Paris)
Mobeen Butt - Director, Muslim Museum Initiative
Tasawar Bashir - PhD Candidate, 'Qawwali Research Unit', University of Birmingham
Dr Scott Wilson, Reader in Music, University of Birmingham
Izzy Mohammed - PhD Candidate, 'Representation in Public Archives', University of Birmingham
Sadiya Ahmed - Founder, Everyday Muslim Heritage and Archive Initiative
Mirina Paananen - 'Muslim Choral Heritage', University of Oxford
Haroon Ravaat - Connected Histories: Muslims in the First World War
Razwan Ul-Haq - Artist & Author, Calligraphy, Fantasy & Sci-Fi
Razwan Baig - Calligrapher and Collector of Islamic Art
Saba Khan - Artist and CEO, ArtEase
Anna Nayyar - Research Director, Vivacity - Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery
Saimma Dyer - Director, Chickpea Press
Ismael Lea South - Project Manager, Black Muslims in British History

Panel themes will include:
Muslim Art & Culture in Britain: the Challenges
Identity, Politics & Activism
Literature
Choirs & Song
British Muslim Heritage & Exhibitions
Sufi Music
Muslim Lifestyle & Creatives
Artists in Conversation
(Re)Creating Muslim Heritage in Britain (open roundtable)
Islam and Rap (Hip Hop/Grime/Spoken Word/Poetry)
Islamic Calligraphy – Traditional, Minimalistic & Digital
Muslim Art & Culture in Britain: the Opportunities

Full speaker line up and conference itinerary TBC soon.

Art and culture provide a means of communication, an alternative platform to share stories, celebrate contributions to society and challenge misconceptions and stereotypes. In Britain, Muslim art and culture are in transition as we see interchange between artists inspired by the traditional Islamic arts and those who are finding new ways of weaving together their British and Muslim identities. A rising generation is using artistic forms such as music, film, literature, photography, poetry and comedy to express themselves. As well as celebrating the diversity of British Muslim identity, these artists and cultural producers explore difficult issues and help bridge divides between communities.

This new world creates exciting opportunities but also uneasy tensions as to where these practices can fit in the traditional canons of visual and performing arts, the heritage and museum sectors, in literature and even popular culture in Britain. British Muslims often find it difficult to present their work in mainstream arts and cultural establishments such as theatres, galleries and museums. Many upcoming Muslim artists work alone and often struggle to fund their work. Furthermore, the persistence of stereotypical representations of Muslims in popular media and cultural industries makes it harder for Muslims in the arts and cultural sectors to reach a wide audience.

This one-day Muslims in Britain Research Network conference will create space for critical dialogue and community exchange by bringing aspiring and established Muslim artists and cultural producers together with eminent scholars and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and arts funders. The conference will provide a space to discuss, inform, connect and engage through a program of lectures, presentations, panel discussions and workshops. Cultural experts will share insights into the key factors affecting Muslim arts and culture in Britain.

Directions:
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/getting-here-edgbaston.aspx

and for finding the Muirhead Tower, Building R21 on this map:
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

Conference Organisers:
Professor Jørgen Nielsen (University of Birmingham)
Professor Alison Scott-Baumann (MBRN/SOAS)
Dr Stephen Jones (MBRN/Newman University)
Mobeen Butt (MBRN/Muslim Museum Initiative)
Dr Katherine Brown (University of Birmingham)
Dr Sadek Hamid (MBRN/University of Oxford)
Ayesha Khan (MBRN/Cardiff University)
Yahya Birt (MBRN/Leeds University)

For any queries or further information, please contact the conference organisers at muslimsinbritainrn@gmail.com

Strongly recommended for:
Arts, culture and heritage practitioners, professionals and policy makers
Academics and professionals researching Muslims in Britain
Organisations working with Muslim communities in the UK

Equality and diversity professionals


The Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN) has been promoting the multidisciplinary study of Muslims and Islam in Britain for over twenty years – bringing together leading academics, researchers and professionals, and encouraging a new generation of students and practitioners to discuss, inform and collaborate.

The University of Birmingham is a world top 100 university and part of the prestigious Russell Group.

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