Middle East and Islamic Consortium of BC (MEICON-BC)





Middle East and Islamic Consortium of BC
MEICON-BC 2014 Conference

Sixth Annual Student Conference
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

Middle Eastern and Islamic Communities across Disciplines

The annual MEICON-BC Student Conference provides a space for graduate and senior undergraduate students to examine and explore diverse issues and factors affecting Middle Eastern and Islamic societies and communities from multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives. DETAILS

The Ottoman Front: The Great War in the Middle East
Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford

Wednesday, March 12, 7:00 pm
Bob Wright Building, Room B150

A synoptic overview of the major themes that shaped WWI in the Ottoman world, and led to the emergence of the modern Middle East.

Eugene Rogan is a Faculty Fellow and University Lecturer in the Modern History of the Middle East. His research focuses on the social and economic history of the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire and the Arab states in the twentieth century. He is author of the widely acclaimed The Arabs, A History. POSTER

This lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Sponsored by World History Caucus, MEICON-UVic, Centre for Global Studies and VPAC-UVic.

MEICON - Annual Middle East Film Festival at Cinecenta

Inch'Allah (Canada, 2012, 101 mins.) November 19, 7:00 & 9:10pm  
The Attack (Lebanon, 2012, 105 mins.) November 26, 7:00 & 9:10pm 
Wadjda (Saudi Arabia, 2012, 98 mins.) December 1, 3:00 & 7:00 & 9:00pm; December 2, 3 & 4, 7:00 & 9:00pm

Cinecenta's SCHEDULE.

Friends, Foes or Fools? Muslim Views of the Crusaders
Niall Christie, Langara College

Sponsored by MEICON

Wednesday, October 16 at 7pm
David Turpin Building, room A104 (formerly the Social Science and Math Building) POSTER

The Writing on the Walls: The Importance of Epigraphy in Medieval Cairo
Bernard O’Kane, American University of Cairo

Sponsored by UVic's History in Art, Medieval Studies, the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and MEICON

Wednesday, October 9 at 12:30 pm.
Cornett Building, room A125.

5th Annual Islamic Studies Student Conference
March 23, 2013, 8:00 am- 6:00 pm
Engineering and Computer Science Building - Room 125

A full day of panels and presentations by students from across Canada. Featuring a keynote address by Professor Zayn Kassam, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, "Studying the Middle East and Islam in an Age of Empire," 12:50-1:50 pm, ECS, Room 125. All welcome.


  • Religious Interpretations and Practice
  • Political Islam
  • The Politicization of Gender and Identity
  • Imagining the Nation
  • Education and Epistemology
  • Confronting the Modern State
  • Challenging Orientalism
  • The Middle East in the Arts

Free and open to the public.

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MEICON-BC Faculty Symposium
Canada's Contribution to Middle East and Islamic Studies
Friday, March 22, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, University Club

This symposium on Canada's contribution to Middle Eastern and Islamic studies aims to bring together faculty from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in research on any aspect of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies. In suggesting this theme, we are inviting colleagues to consider the work of scholars writing and teaching in Canada that has made a significant impact on disciplinary practice. Is there is something distinctively "Canadian" about these contributions, especially as to whether they promote "Canadian" values, such as peace building, peacekeeping, multiculturalism, and multilateralism? In raising these topics, we hope to provide an open environment to encourage interactive dialogue on cutting-edge research, to confront the challenges of mobilizing knowledge especially in public discourse on the Middle East and Islam, and to strengthen the network of scholars in Western Canada and beyond. We hope to arrange for publication of the symposium papers.

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The symposium is preceded on the evening of March 21, 2013, by the UVic Centre for Studies in Religion and Society’s Distinguished Lecture in Islam, featuring Dr. Zayn Kassam from Pomona College and followed on March 23 by the 5th Annual MEICON-BC Student Conference.

We gratefully acknowledge financial support for the above events provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada, the Simon Fraser University Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, the UVic Centre for Asia-Pacific Iniatiatives and Centre for Global Studies, the UVic Religious Studies Students' Association, the UVic Departments of History, Political Science, and Sociology, UVic Faculties of Humanities, Graduate Studies, and Social Sciences, University of British Colombia Department of Religious Studies.

2013 Distinguished Lecture in Islam
Representations of Muslim Women: Image and Reality

Zayn R. Kassam
Department of Religious Studies, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7:00 pm
Human and Social Development Building, Room A240



The Middle East and Islamic Consortium of British Columbia (MEICON-BC) is a collaborative project of Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia. The purpose of MEICON-BC is to provide an organizational basis for communication and cooperation among British Columbian academics interested in the study of the Middle East and Muslim societies and cultures.

UVic MEICON faculty group

This is the site of the UVic MEICON group. News and information from the University of Victoria will be moderated and posted on this site.
Please forward information that you would like posted to the UVic MEICON coordinator Mona Goode (goodems@uvic.ca).

  • Mona Goode (History, MEICON Coordinator)
  • Eva Baboula (History in Art)
  • Greg Blue (History)
  • Martin Bunton (History)
  • Marcus Milwright (History in Art)
  • Andrew Rippin (History)
  • Daromir Rudnyckyj (Pacific and Asian Studies)
  • Peyman Vahabzadeh (Sociology)
  • Anthony Welch (History in Art)

Join MEICON. You may join the MEICON listserve by emailing meiconbc@sfu.ca. For more information visit the home site at MEICON-BC.

Student conferences

MEICON BC 4th Annual Student Conference, March 24, 2012, Simon Fraser University - Details

MEICON BC 3rd Annual Student Conference, March 12, 2011, University of British Columbia - Details

MEICON BC 2nd Annual Student Conference, March 27, 2010, University of Victoria - View program [pdf]

First Annual MEICON BC Student Conference, May 9, 2009, Simon Fraser University - View program [pdf]

MEICON student publication

Conference paper submissions should be prepared according to the following guidelines:

Editorial Style Guide for submissions (PDF)


2010 MEICON Conference

A student presenter.