Postdoctoral Fellow

The Centre employs a Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to its International Fellows Program. The Fellow's primary task is to help organize a conference and to work toward publishing and disseminating research that emerges from the conference. In addition, the Postdoc works closely with the Centre's staff to organize public lectures, workshops, student discussion forums, and/or similar events that connect and engage interested persons from various arenas in the public sphere.

2020-21 Postdoctoral Fellow: Sharmin Sadequee, Ph.D.

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Sharmin is a cultural anthropologist and her research interest is in understanding Islam and Muslims communities in/and modernity and modern states, particularly in American race, religion, social movements, secularism, science and modern law. Her teaching in anthropology and religious studies engages questions of cultural and religious diversities both theoretically and cross-culturally. In addition to organizing the International Fellows conference on Islamophobia and other educational programming, she is working on her first manuscript examining the social and legal life of Islam and Muslims in American secularism, which is an ethnographic study of the ways in which US secular security state governs, manages and regulates Muslims and Islam in and through various legal and social spaces, from courtroom litigations of terrorism prosecutions, securitized prisons, to civil society social movements, and the way Muslims organize, challenge, and address racialized state overreach through social justice and human rights claims and practices. She completed her doctoral from Michigan State University. She looks forward to facilitating conversations at the Ronning Centre about Islam, Muslim communities, and Islamophobia in both Canadian and US contexts.

2021 International Fellows Conference: Islamophobia and/in Post-Secular States

The Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus (in Camrose, Alberta) is pleased to announce an upcoming conference, “Islamophobia and/in Post-Secular States: Religion, Race, Science and Law.”

Conference dates: November 12-14, 2021

Call For Papers