7th Annual International Conference on Islamophobia

Friday, Apr 22, 2016 - Saturday, Apr 23, 2016 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

UC Berkeley School of Law, Booth Auditorium


Islamophobia: Has a tipping point been reached?

7th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project
University of California, Berkeley

April 22tnd and 23rd, 2016
Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project is hosting the 7th Annual International Islamophobia Conference and invites scholars, researchers, artists, poets, media producers, activists and community members to attend. The conference’s theme, Islamophobia: Has a tipping point been reached?, is both a question for researchers and a statement reflecting the pervasiveness of bigoted discourses that problematize the category, Muslim and Islam in civil society. Speakers will examine Islamophobia from multi-disciplinary and transnational perspectives, so as to bring a more holistic understanding of the phenomena and the forces acting to sharpen the ongoing otherization of Muslims as a class.

Conference co-sponsors:Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Ethnic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, Al-Falah Program of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Studies, SFSU School of Ethnic Studies, Council on American Islamic Relations, Center for Islamic Studies of the Graduate Theological Union, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Islamic Scholarship Fund, Muslim Student Association, Northern California Islamic Council, and Zaytuna College

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Friday, April 22nd, 2016 — Booth Auditorium

8:30am – 8:40am
Welcome Conference Opening

Hatem Bazian, Director, IRDP, UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College


Panel 1: 8:45am – 10:30am
Title: Muslims and Islam, a Political Discourse

Chair: Elsadig Elsheikh, Global Justice Program, Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society

Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, A Graduate School of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Un-Tipping the Balance: Understanding Islamophobia in Asia

Yassir Morsi, School of Global Urban Social Science at RMIT, Melbourne, Australia.
The Reluctant “Muslim”

Selma Muhic Dizdarevic, Department of Civil Society Studies Charles University, Czech Republic.
Islamophobia without Muslims – the case of the Czech Republic

Erdoan Shipoli, E. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Securitization of Islam in US foreign policy after 9/11


Panel 2: 10:45am – 12:30PM
Title: Diverse Manifestation of Islamophobia: A Global View

Chair: Munir Jiwa, Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.

John L Esposito, Director of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Islamophobia and Radicalization

Damir Skenderovic, Department of Historical Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Islamophobia in Switzerland: historical roots and continuities

Omar Salha, Centre for Islamic Studies and Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London
Power and empire: re-orientalism of the Muslim object in popular culture


12:30 PM – 2PM Lunch Break

Juma’ Prayers are held on campus at 1:15PM at Hearst Gymnasium, a short walking distance from Boalt Hall School of Law and volunteers can provide direction.


Panel 3: 2PM – 3:45PM
Title: Islamophobia, Settler Colonial Discourses, Violence and Demography

Chair: Paola Bacchetta, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Varsha Basheer, University of Kerala, India
The Lynch Republic: Brahminic Nationalism and its expendable “Others”

Heather Porter Abu Deiab, San Francisco State University
Islamophobia’s Transnational and Settler Colonial Realities: Gaps within Ethnic Studies Narratives

Houria Bouteldja, Parti des Indigenes de la Republique (Party of the Indigenous of the Republic, France
Towards a Politics of Revolutionary Love

Paula Thompson, Graduate Theological Union, Center for Islamic Studies
What CVE looks like in the Muslim community?


Panel 4: 4:00PM – 5:45PM
Title: Gender Exceptionalism, Feminisms and Justice: North American Islamophobia

Chair: Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, AMED Studies and RRS/Ethnic Studies, SFSU

Azza Basarudin, UCLA Khanum Shaikh, CSUN,
Between Feminism and Securitization: Gendering Countering Violent Extremism Initiative in Southern California

Juliette Galonnier, Sociology, Sciences Po (Paris) and Northwestern University (Chicago).
The Genealogies of Racialized Islamophobia: Muslim Converts’ Past and Present Encounters with Race in France and the United States

Zoya Islam, Queens University
Canada, Muslim in Canada: An Examination of Muslim Exceptionalism through the Discourses Surrounding Honor Violence and Female Genital Mutilation

Jasmin Zine, Wilfrid Laurier University
Muslim Women, Gendered Islamophobia and the Fashioning of Sartorial Nationalism in Canada.


Saturday 23rd, 2016 — Booth Auditorium

Panel 5: 9:30am – 11:15am
Title: Islamophobia Impacts on Public Health: Theorizing the Field.

Chair: Iman Nazeeri-Simmons, MPH, Chief Operating Officer
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center

Rania Awaad, Stanford University School of Medicine
A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Muslims’ Responses to the Chapel Hill Shootings: Reactions, Coping, and Impact

Khadija Khaja, School of Social Work, Indiana University
The Human Costs of Islamophobia: Countering it Effectively

Hina Tai and Amelia Noor-Oshiro, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Apologetic Faith Syndrome: Conceptualizing Islamophobia in Public Health

Hammad Khan, UC Davis School of Medicine
“Islamophobia: A Case Study on Media, Mental Health, and Chronic Stress.”


Panel 6: 11:30am – 1:15PM
Title: The Muslim Subject in Media Discourses and How to Respond to it?

Chair: Colleen Keyes, Student Affairs, Zaytuna College

Anisa Mehdi writer/educator, Producer/Director, “Inside Mecca,” National Geographic
The Arts and Islamophobia: Countering Otherization

Yousri Marzouki, Aix-Marseille University and Qatar University
Characterizing online negative stereotypes in response to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack: The case of Islamophobia in tweeting behavior

Rhonda Itaoui, Western Sydney University’s Religion and Society Research Centre, Australia
Islamophobia and the spatial mobility of young Australian Muslim’s in Sydney

Rizwan Mohammad, Advocacy Coordinator, NCCM – National Council of Canadian Muslims
Uniting Against Hate: Challenging Islamophobia in the Media, the Courts, and the Public Sphere


1:15PM – 2:15PM Lunch Break


Panel 7: 2:30PM – 4:00PM
Title: Race, Racialization, and Bigoted Rhetoric: A Tipping Point!

Chair: Ahmad Diab, Near Eastern Studies Department, UC Berkeley

Iman Sediqe, Sociology Department, Northwestern University
Coloring the Crescent: A Process of Hyphenization, the Intersection of Race and a Racialized Muslim Identity

Saeed A. Khan, Department of Classical Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Wayne State University, Michigan.
Intersectionality of the Tipping Point in Islamophobia Discourse and the Tipping Point in Western Ontology: Orientalism Meets Occidentalism

Adnan Husain, History Department, Queen’s University, Canada
The Formation of a Crusading Society (Medieval Paradigms Modern Prejudice, Part 2)

Elsadig Elsheikh, Global Justice Program, Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society
Condemning the Rhetoric is Not Enough: The Genealogy of Demagoguery and Islamophobia


Panel 8: 4:15PM – 6:10PM
Title: Muslim Identity Formation in the Age of Securitization.

Chair: Khalid Kadir, International Area Studies, UC BerkeleY

Shannon Erwin, Executive Muslim Justice League, Graduate from Harvard Law School and Nancy A. Khalil; MJL Co-Founder, Anthropology Department, Harvard University.
Unmasking and Resisting Structural Islamophobia: Community Responses to CVE in Boston

Mehmet F. Bastug, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University
The Effect of the Perceived Islamophobia on the Identity Formation and Acculturation Attitudes of Muslim Minorities in the West

Robert Beshara
The framing of Islam and the representation of Muslims: A quantitative content analysis of the U.S. print media’s coverage of the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

Munir Jiwa, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.
Changing Heartsand Minds: Aesthetic Capital, Liberal Proselytizing, and Lessons in Civil Conversion

Khemilat Fatima, Institute of Political Studies at Aix-en-Provence, France
To be or not to be Charlie? That is the political and legal question. The various public policies adopted after 2015 Paris attacks


Closing 6:10PM

Hatem Bazian, IRDP
UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College

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