College Supported Conferences

North Carolina Jewish Studies Consortium

Formed in 2011, the North Carolina Jewish Studies Consortium provides a forum for Jewish Studies faculty members at universities and colleges across the state to meet, discuss their research and teaching, and network with one another. The 2017 meeting was held at Wake Forest University on Sunday, September 10, 2017 .  The meeting’s overall focus was on the question of Jews and race. Professor Cheryl Lynn Greenberg of Trinity College, Hartford (author of Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century) served as keynote speaker. There were ample opportunities to discuss other topics of interest in the course of the day. Along with various departments at Wake Forest University, generous support for this meeting was provided by ASU, Duke, NCSU, and UNCW.  For more information, please email

Locality, Genre, and Muslim Belonging in South Asia

This two-day international workshop, held September 15-16, 2017, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, brought together scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on the issue of Muslim identity in South Asia. Moving beyond the limited framework of Nation and Community, this workshop examined the salience of local histories and localized contemporary experiences in the formation of Muslim identities and politics primarily in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Concomitantly, workshop participants were interested in parsing the intersections of these community contexts with the larger historical narrative in South Asia. The workshop analyzed the diverse ways in which history, locality and belonging was experienced and narrated through various genres of Perso-Urdu literary culture and other expressions of memories and life writings to foreground plural socio-historical registers. As the year 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence and partition, the comparative and transdisciplinary framework of this workshop built new dialogues across borders on shared and divergent trajectories of Muslims in South Asia.

Sponsored by

American Institute of Pakistan Studies
National Endowment for Humanities
Wake Forest Provost Office for Global Affairs
Wake Forest Department of History
Wake Forest Humanities Institute
Wake Forest Middle East and South Asia Studies

Silk Roads Symposium

Silk Roads Winston-Salem advances our understanding of global cross-cultural exchange as it relates to the historic Silk Roads through a program of themed events at Wake Forest University. Silk Roads Winston-Salem brings together contributions from across academic disciplines to hold a variety of lectures, panels, workshops, performances, and exhibitions from spring 2017 through spring 2019. These events will culminate in an interdisciplinary symposium March 28-30, 2019.

In addition to advancing our knowledge of the Silk Roads, the symposium will contribute to the cultural, artistic, and intellectual life of Winston-Salem and the Piedmont community. Wake Forest University will host scholars, artists, writers, and performers from around the world. Most events are open to the public to showcase the cultural legacy of the Silks Roads. In the spirit of the ancient Silk Roads, these opportunities will be made more accessible—more connected—through collaboration with community partners.