Critical Discourses on Islamophobia: Symbols, Images and Representations

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 - Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 | 9:00 am - 5:30 pm


Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project of the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley
Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union
Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), San Francisco State UniversityU
Zaytuna College
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES)
Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies
Boalt Muslim Student Association


Critical Discourses on Islamophobia:
Symbols, Images and Representations

April 20-21, 2012
Booth Auditorium
UC Berkeley Boalt Law School

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, 2012

Opening and Welcoming Remarks 9:00am

Prof. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Center for Race Gender Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Hatem Bazian, Director of Islamophobia Research Documentation Project and Conference Convener

Keynote: 9:30 -10:30am

A Global Perspective on Constructing Muslim Otherness
Professor Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University, Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar), Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethnics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar)

Panel 1 10:30am-12:15 PM
Images and Representation of Islam and Muslims

Seeing Time: Visual Culture in the Drone Wars
Prof. Keith Feldman, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Beyond Individual Journalism: Deconstructing Media Framing
Sumbul Ali-Karamali, J.D. University of California, Davis, and a graduate degree in Islamic Law University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies

Framing/Reframing: The Five ‘Media Pillars’ of Islam and the Limits of the American Imaginary
Prof. Munir Jiwa, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union

Countering Stereotypes with Social Media: Muslim Cultural Producers in the United States
Som Pourfarzaneh, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Theological Union

Coping with Islamaphobia: The murder of Shaima and its effects on the diverse Eastern, Refugee, Muslim and Christian populations within San Diego and El Cajon
Lenna Odeh

Chair: Dr. Mahan Mirza, Zaytuna College

Lunch Break 12:30-2:00 PM

Panel 2 2:00- 3:45 PM
Europe’s Islamophobia: Contested Identities, Immigration and Racism

Islamophobia in the Netherlands and Anti-Black Racism
Prof. Sandew Hiro, International Institute of Scientific Studies, Amsterdam

Islamophobia in France
Houria Bouteldja, Dialeg Global Institute, Barcelona and Paris

Breaking the Taboo of Multiculturalism: The Belgian Left and Islam
Dr. Nadia Fadil, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven-Belgium, visiting scholar UC Berkeley

Breivik and Islamophobic Fantasies of Muslim Dominance
Jason van Boom, Ph.D. Director of Nicholas of Cusa Institute and Adjunct Professor, Star King School

Chair: Prof. Ramon Grosfoguel, Ethnic Studies Department, UC Berkeley

Panel 3 4:00 – 5:45 PM
Race, Racism and Discourses of Otherness

Racism in the Aftermath of Islamophobia
Prof. Junaid Rana, Asian American Studies Affiliate in the Department of Anthropology, Center for the Study of South Asian and the Middle East, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ghettoes, Banlieues and Barrios: The Geo-politics of Muslim Hip Hop
Prof. Hishaam Aidi, Institute for Research in African-American Studies School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Stepping Razor: Race, Muslim Identity and Perpetual War
Prof. Sohail Daulatzai, African American STudies and Film Media Studies, School of Humanities, UC Irvine

Situated Knowledge (re)Production Epistemic Violence: Can the Subaltern

Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), San Francisco State University

Terror(izing) the Muslim Veil
Sahar F. Aziz, Associate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School

Islamophobia as a Race Marker and the “First Muslim President
Imam Zaid Shakir, Zaytuna College

Chair: Prof. Marianne Farina, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, GTU

SATURDAY, APRIL 21st, 2012

Panel 4 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Security Structures and Civil Rights: Reversing the Trend!

New Kids on the Block: Islamophobia within U.S. Jim Crow History and Resistance
Monami Maulik, founder and Executive Director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up Moving

Eroding Civil Liberties: From the War on Drugs to the War on Terror
Zahra Billoo, CAIR Northern California Executive Director

SAFE San Francisco Campaign and Civil Rights Organizing
Summer Hararah, Asian Law Caucus

Muslims: Enemies of the State: The New Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO)
Dr. Hatem Bazian, IRDP and Zaytuna College

Chair: Prof. Munir Jiwa, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU

Lunch Break 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Panel 5 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Theoretical Framing of Islamophobia and Blind Spots

Twice Behaved, Twice Erased: Islamophobia and the Black Body
Abdul Hamid Robinson Royal, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Theological Union

Five Hundred Twenty Years of Islamophobia in the West (1492 to 2012): From the Early Modern Period until Today
Prof. Ramon Grosfoguel, Ethnic Studies Department, Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Berkeley

Islamophobia in the Realm of Emerging Powers, Feminist Decoys, Pink- and Lavender-Washing
Huma Dar, UC Berkeley

Shariah and Citizenshp: Institutionalizing Fear-How Islamophobia is Creating a Second-Class Citizenry in America
Yaser Ali, UC Berkeley Boalt Law School

Chair: Dr. Hatem Bazian, IRDP, UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College

Panel 6 3:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Islamophobia Implications on the Otherized Subjects

A Measure of Islamophobia
Prof S. Sayyid, Director of the Muslim Non-Muslim Centre, University of South Australia

The psychological impact of ongoing Islamophobia and law enforcement harassment
Prof. Jess Ghannam, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF; Chief, Medical Psychology, UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center

Media Discourse Analysis on Egyptian Revolution and Islamophobia
Yasmeen Daifallah, Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science, UC Berkeley

Islamophobia in the Palestinian Context
Dr. Ayesha Al Rifai, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley; Dean of Education Sciences Faculty and Principal of Ramallah Women Training Center at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Ramallah – West Bank /Palestine

Chair: Dr. Mahan Mirza, Zaytuna College

Closing Remarks 5:00 PM- 5:30 PM

Dr. Hatem Bazian, IRDP, UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College

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