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The 2nd International Ismaili Studies Conference – Mapping a Pluralist Space in Ismaili Studies

March 9, 2017 — March 10, 2017

Location:2nd Floor Atrium and Conference Rooms Richcraft Hall
Key Contact:Karim H. Karim

The Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam is pleased to announce that the second international Ismaili Studies conference will take place on March 9 and 10, 2017 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. It will build on the remarkable success of the Ismaili Studies Conference: State of the Field held at the University of Chicago in 2014. These multidisciplinary gatherings are a progressive endeavour to provide opportunities for the presentation of research as well as for academic discussion and debate on the scholarly endeavour termed broadly as Ismaili Studies. They provide a pluralist locus for scholarship on the various entities and communities that are related to, have emerged from or are associated in other ways with Ismaili expressions of Islam in the past and the present. 63 speakers from 12 countries are slated to make presentations at the current conference (ISC 2017) in parallel sessions which will be organized in the streams of 1) Historical Presences, 2) Communities, Identities, Boundaries, and 3) Rethinking Heritage.

ISC 2017 features panel discussions, a roundtable discussion, a music workshop and a keynote lecture by Professor Homi K. Bhabha, Director of Harvard University’s Humanities Center and former Aga Khan Award for Architecture Jury and Steering Committee member.

A detailed conference program will be available at

Advance registration is required. 

The two-day event includes two lunches (on 9th and 10th March) and one dinner (on 9th March)


The registration fee is waived for the speakers, donors, registered volunteers, Carleton students, and invited guests.

Other attendees:

  • Full conference pass (access for both days) – $50
  • 1st-Day conference pass only (access for Thursday, March 9th) – $35
  • 2nd-Day conference pass (access for Friday, March 10th) – $2


*Subject to changes