PhD students

Guidelines for future PhD students in the centre

The centre encourages potential PhD students to consider thesis topics in the following areas.


Scholars should examine issues existing between Muslims and non-Muslims from perspectives in the humanities and social science. Potential areas of research could address, but are not limited to: Muslim identity formation, identity politics and gender relations.


  1. Australian scholars to examine transformations of Muslim communities in Australia. These transformations would be explicitly investigated through the ways in which Muslim communities engage various political institutions, municipal authorities, entrepreneurial practices, private sectors and other facets of associational life. Studies would focus on social architectures of intersections where cooperation, antagonism, competition and complicity continuously change shape, and how these intersections generate specific conditions of self-recognition and collective action within Muslim communities themselves.
  2. International scholars to conduct studies of innovative collaborations among distinct Muslim actors, networks and institutions to enhance economic and political capacities, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. This work could also include empirical or historical studies of specific projects and/or policies of reconciliation, or the apportionment of rights in specific multi-religious contexts.
  3. International scholars to work on issues related to how differentiations in religious faith become expressions of concerns and anxieties, or making political claims that have little to do with them, where differences of faith sometimes become ways of making concerns visible that have no other readily available form. Scholars would also explore how boundaries between faith communities are transgressed on a daily basis, or where the visibility of conflict is maintained in order that more experimental relationships among communities might be ventured.
  4. International scholars to conduct studies on the ways in which religious sentiments, practices, identities and institutions participate in the re-spatialisation of urbanisation processes, and how they contribute to new forms of enclosure, political claim making and mobilisation, and translocal networking and collaboration.

Areas of study and research

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