CERIS Undergraduate Symposium

08 Apr 2016


CERIS hosts the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium to encourage undergraduate students to advance their research experience, specially on issues that impact Muslims in historical or contemporary contexts or Islamic thought, history, and theology. A broad range of topics are accepted. Topics beyond theology may be covered, such as politics, policies, social change, culture, art, economy and technology. Former topics have included Hindu-Muslim Tension in India, Palestinian Hip Hop, Jordan’s Reproductive Policies, etc. If you think a paper you are writing may qualify but aren’t sure, please email Elaine Linn at eel58@pitt.edu.

Time Frame:
Abstract due March 23, 2016
Papers due March 30, 2016

Program Schedule
April 9, 2016
Duquesne University
Duquesne Union
600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15282

The program will be begin at 9 AM with a light breakfast, registration and welcome.

The day run as follows:
9 AM Arrival, registration and refreshments, City View Café, Duquesne Union
9:15 AM Welcome and Introduction
9:30 AM Student Presentations and Discussions
Politics and Policy: Room 109, Duquesne Union
Religion and Theology: Room 119, Duquesne Union
Christian Muslim Reflection: Room 608 Duquesne Union
12: 00 PM Keynote Address (City View Café, Duquesne Union)
12: 30 PM Lunch and closing comments

An abstract of no more than 250 words is required by March 23, 2016. The abstract should include the following elements:

A statement of the purpose of the research.
A statement of the kind of data or texts which provided the basis for the research.
A statement of the relevant theory and research basis to which the research relates.
A brief summary of the findings and conclusions (if research paper is complete).

There is an eight page minimum for papers. Papers must be double-spaced, with citations of at least eight resources (using MLA format).
Student presentations will be limited to 12 minutes with an additional five minutes for questions from faculty and audience. All rooms will be media equipped.
A minimum of three judges (not from the applicant’s school) will read the research papers prior to the event and provide comments. During the presentation sessions, the panel and audience will listen to each student’s presentation and ask questions.


A selection of past topics presented:
How Muslim Immigrants in Europe Adapt to Conflicts in State and Religious Laws
An Era of Volatile Transition: Uncovering the Hindu-Muslim Tension in Mumbai, India
Humanitarian Colonialism under the French 3rd Republic
Colonies, Cotton, and the Global: Economy: How Uzbekistan Became Dependent on Cotton in the Imperial Era
A Comparative Study of Late Ottoman Society and State: Jabal Nablus and Mosul
Disease of Affluence: Economic and Educational Foundations of ‘Homegrown Terrorism’ in Europe and the United States

“'I’m Known For Blowing Up Beats And Governments': The Arabian Nightz and Their Role in Egyptian Hip-Hop and the Arab Spring."
Apartheid Israel and the Boycott Divestment Sanctions Campaign
The Qur’anic Moses and Early Islamic Attitudes toward Judaism
Iran and Tajikistan’s Language Policy
Palestinian Hip Hop
Islam and Women’s Rights: An Analysis of Malaysia and Saudi Arabia

The Rebel Sorceress: Gender, Politics, and Religion in Africa from Colonial Times to the Present
The Feminist Hijab
Female Circumcision: Roles in the Islamic Faith, Culture and History, and the Physical and Psychological Repercussions of the Procedure
Women’s Rights, Domestic Violence and Honor Killings
Jordan’s Reproductive Policies
Political Competition as a Mechanism to Promote Human Rights: A Comparative Case Study of Women’s Rights in Libya and Algeria

Event Date: 
Saturday, April 9, 2016 (All day)
Sponsored By: 
Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies
eel58@pitt.edu Elaine Linn
Duquesne University