International Summer Programme
EXPRESSIONS OF DIVERSITY: A CONTEMPORARY INTRODUCTION TO MUSLIM CULTURES
The International Summer Programme aims to provide a window into the diversity of the cultural and social productions of Muslims, past and present. Major international scholars will be brought together to provide instructional modules addressing various facets of history, culture, and contemporary challenges of Muslims. In this stimulating environment, participants will be equipped with the resources and skills to understand the diverse heritage, evolving experiences, contributions to the world history and contemporary relevance to Muslim peoples.
This annual programme is co-sponsored by the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at Simon Fraser University and the Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. The programme will provide a critical understanding of Muslims within larger frameworks that recognize the importance of interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, without reducing understanding to issues solely related to religion. At a time when rigorous and unbiased information concerning Muslims is at a premium, the Programme offers an opportunity for non-specialists to obtain timely knowledge, practical skills, and critical perspective.
The Programme will draw upon the wealth of knowledge of participants and faculty to create a rich, multicultural experience. Classroom discussions will be supplemented by a series of co-curricular activities including film screenings, walking tours exploring cultural sites, and museum visits.
The International Summer Programme (ISP) has been held every year since 2008, alternating between the campuses of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (Simon Fraser University) in Vancouver, and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (Aga Khan University) in London.
The two week 2012 ISP offering was held in Vancouver, this year ISP 2013 programme returns to London 1-7 July, 2013.
Teachers, journalists, lawyers, business persons, doctors, politicians, students, and those who work in multicultural settings or have an interest in exploring the full range of Muslim cultures. Applicants must be 18 years or older at the time of the Programme.
The full tuition for the 2013 ISP is £450, with a concessionary rate for students and seniors of £375.
The tuition fee includes all modules, extra-curricular activities, and refreshments.
Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, travel to and from the venue, visa costs, textbooks, and meals.
Interested participants need to submit an application form in order to be considered for the programme.
Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion jointly by the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.
Please feel free to contact the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (SFU) or the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU) for more information, or visit our websites to learn more about the Expressions of Diversity organisers, faculty, and our past programmes, as well as to view the photos and comments of participants.