International Summer Programme 2012
EXPRESSIONS OF DIVERSITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO MUSLIM CULTURES
The 2012 Summer Programme will run from July 9-20 in Vancouver. This year's theme focuses on modernity in Muslim societies and cultures. Please check the Programme Information page for updates and more information!
The Summer Programme 2012 offers an opportunity to explore the rich historical and contemporary diversities within Muslim societies and cultures.
The Programme is a joint production of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (Simon Fraser University) and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (Aga Khan University). It is designed for the non-specialist as a comprehensive and unbiased introduction to the various facets of the heritage and contemporary experiences of Muslim peoples.
Instructional modules are taught by internationally renowned academics and cover topics such as orientalism, scripture, exemplary biography, identities, encounters with modernity, and an array of civilisational conduits such as law, literature, and art. To compliment the classroom sessions, the Programme will feature a range of cultural activities such as film screenings and tours.
This year the second week will focus on the complexities of modernity in Muslim societies and cultures. The Expressions of Diversity Visiting Professor will be Dr. Bruce B. Lawrence, the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Religion at Duke University.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR EXPRESSIONS OF DIVERSITY 2012
At a time when there is a heightened demand for information about Muslims and their heritage, this Summer Programme provides an ideal opportunity to explore relevant subjects through the rigorous and unbiased approach of major academics from a variety of disciplines.
- Develop a critical-historical understanding of Muslim societies and cultures.
- Appreciate the contested nature of concepts, interpretations, and practices.
- Understand the formative context of Muslim civilization and its influences.
- Explore plural expressions of the history and religion of Muslims.
- Deliberate the range of interpretations concerning scripture and prophecy.
- Reflect on questions of authority and interpretation in religion, society, and gender.
- Appreciate the panoply of artistic and literary expressions of Muslims.
- Obtain timely skills related to contemporary debates concerning identity.
- Consider complexity and diversity in issues of diaspora.
- Comprehend the diverse aspects of gender in Muslim contexts.
- Ponder the contemporary challenges and future prospects of Muslims.
Expressions of Diversity is an annual programme held for two weeks every summer since 2008. The location of this programme alternates yearly between the campuses of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures (Simon Fraser University) and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (Aga Khan University).
The 2012 Summer Programme will be hosted by the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies at Simon Fraser University at its downtown Vancouver campus, located at the foot of the majestic coastal mountains of British Columbia, only minutes from Georgia Strait.
Teachers, journalists, lawyers, NGO professionals, administrators, 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 2012 ISP is C$1100, with a concessionary rate for students and seniors of C$700. Past participants can register for the second week only for C$700.
The tuition fee includes all modules, extra-curricular activities, refreshments, and a formal dinner.
Participants are responsible for their own accommodation, travel to and from the venue, visa costs, textbooks, and meals.
Applications Deadline for the 2012 Programme: 30 May, 2012. Applicants requiring a VISA are encouraged to apply by 1 March, 2012.
Spaces are limited and you are encouraged to apply early.
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 browse our website 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.