CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misspelled the word Uyghurs. Additionally, the article misrepresented the diversity of the conference. The story has been updated with the correct information. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
UNC will host the 16th Annual Duke-UNC Graduate Middle East and Islamic Studies Conference on March 2. The event is a UNC and Duke graduate student-organized conference where selected graduate students come to present their research.
Graduate students from around the world are gathering to share their theses at UNC and will be receiving feedback from two UNC and one North Carolina State professors. The students were handpicked by the Islamicate Graduate Student Association that contains five UNC graduate students and one Duke graduate student.
The presenters will talk about a wide range of countries because of their many sponsors making the conference diverse and international.
Arianne Ekinci, a presenter and coordinator of the conference, will talk about the Uyghurs, a Chinese minority group, and the significance of their performance as Chinese citizens.
“We have a really diverse lineup of participants, and some people talking about really different issues, some of which are relevant to contemporary issues in the south of the US,” Ekinci said. “So that will be interesting to see people’s reactions to that and to see how these different presentations speak to each other.”
Hinasahar Muneeruddin, president of the Islamicate Graduate Student Association, wants the participants and faculty respondents to have open discussions, as well as for the students to be natural when presenting their research.
“We’ve asked the participants to not to read their papers but instead have a really engaging presentation,” Muneeruddin said. “So it can be more like an intimate discussion and workshop session, so just getting to hear about other people’s fields and the topics that their interested in like talking about and researching.”
Sajjad Hussain, a presenter and UNC graduate student, recently came to the U.S. from Quetta, Pakistan. He will present his research for the first time at the conference.