Fourth Annual International Conference on the Study of Islamophobia

Friday, Apr 19, 2013 - Saturday, Apr 20, 2013 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


The 4th Annual International Conference on Islamophobia:

From Theorizing to Systematic Documentation

University of California, Berkeley
Booth Auditorium, Boalt Law School
April 19th and 20th, 2013

Free and open to the public. Location is wheelchair accessible.

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Conference Schedule
Friday, April 19th, 2013
8:30 am – 9:00 am Opening
Hatem Bazian, Conference Chair and Convener
From Theorizing Islamophobia to Systematic Documentation
9:00 am – 10:45 am Panel One (Conceptualization Theme)
Eduardo Jose Hernandez, Temple University
Divorcing the Other: The foundations of White Supremacy in the Morisco Expulsion from Spain
Daniel Tutt, European Graduate School, Director of Outreach at Unity Productions Foundation and Fellow at Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
“Which Side Are You On? Two Models for Combatting Islamophobia”
Balbir K. Singh, University of Washington
“Racial Logics: Sikhs and Muslims at the Limits of Violence”
Maseeh Haseeb, Carleton University
A Contemporary Applicability of Orientalism within the Unfolding Discourse of National Security
Chair: Munir Jiwa, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU
11:00 am – 12:45 pm Panel Two (Islamophobia in the European Context)
Corinne Torrekens, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
Rising Islamophobia in Belgium: How Muslims (Counter-)React ?
Esra Ozyurek, University of California, San Diego
Between Islamophobia and Islamophilia: German Converts to Islam and their Relations to Born Muslims
Sajid Suleman, International State Crime Initiative, King’s College London
The Institutionalization of Islamophobia in the Legal Systems of Europe
Susanne Leuenberger, University of Berne
“Mr. Blancho, are you the Bin Laden of Biel?” Swiss Converts to Islam Trigger Public Arbitrations of the “Integratedness” of Switzerland’s Muslim Population: A media Analysis.
Chair: Marianne Farina, Dominican School of Religion
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm Panel Three (Islamophobia in the Asian Context)
Arun Rasiah, Holy Names University
Communalization of the State and Islamophobia in Post-Civil War Sri Lanka
Suleyman Elik, Istanbul Medeniyet University
The Rise and Fall of Political Islam: An Assessment for Islamism and Islamophobia
Varsha Basheer, University of Kerala, India
The Secular, the Radical and the ’practising‘ terrorist Muslim:
Ruminations on Media-ted Muslim Identity and Creation of Islamophobia in India
Farzana Haniffa, University of Colombo
Minorities in the post war context : Islamophobia in Sri Lanka
Chair: Yasmeen Daifallah, UC Berkeley
4:00 pm – 5:45 pm Panel Four (Islamophobia in the Racial Context)
Oishee Alam, University of Western Sydney, Australia
“Islam is a whitefella religion, whatchya tryna prove?”: Islamophobia and the Racialisation of Muslims in Australia
Hakan Tosuner, European University Viadrina Frankfurt Oder, Germany
Discrimination of Highly Educated Muslim Men in Germany
Arzu Merali, IHRC – London
France and the Hated Society: Muslim Experiences
Houria Bouteldja, Indigenous of the Republic, France
“Islamophobia : When Whites Lose Their Triple A-Rating”
Chair:Ramon Grosfoguel, UC Berkeley
5:45 pm – 7:00 pm Dinner Break
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Panel Five (Countering the Islamophobic Narrative)
Sief Dana, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Narrating Islam: the Counter Narrative
Gilbert Caluya, The International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding University of South Australia
Terrorists on the Couch: Psychoanalysing Muslim Intimacy post-9/11
Anwar Milbes Hijaz, University of California, Riverside
The Affect of Media Exposure and Group Familiarity on Tolerance of American Muslims
Rosemary Henze, San Jose State University
Just a Piece of Cloth A documentary film directed and produced by Rosemary Henze
Chair: Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College
Saturday April 20th, 2013
9:30 am – 11:45 am Panel Six (Constructing and Institutionalization of Islamophobia)
Maha Hilal, American University
Institutionalizing Islamophobia: The “War on Terror” and the Muslim American Experience
Randa Elbih, University of New Mexico
Pedagogy of Post 9/11 United States: Muslim American Students’ Experiences, Teachers’ Pedagogies, and Textbooks’ Analysis
Amani El Sehrawey, UK
Faith Matters Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks)Project
Youssef Chouhoud, University of Southern California
To Hell with Islamophobia: Framing Soteriological Discourse in Muslim Context
Rochelle Terman, University of California, Berkeley
Muslim Women’s Rights in an Age of Islamophobia
Chair: Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, SFSU
11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm Panel Seven (Islamophobia, Law and Public Discourses)
Darakshan Raja, CA
The Role of Islamophobia in Shaping Responses to Crime Victimization in the American Muslim Community
Keith Feldman, University of California, Berkeley
How (Anti)Terrorism Went Viral
Zara Zimbardo, California Institute of Integral Studies
Cultural Politics of Humor in (De)normalizing Islamophobic Stereotypes
Itrath Syed, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Muslim Social Media Memes
Chair: Abdullah Ali, Zaytuna College and UC Berkeley
3:00 pm – 5:00 PM Panel Eight (Islamophobia in the Age of War)
Pye Ian, Independent Scholar
“Argo as Pre-War Propaganda: Islamophobia, Incomplete Clandestine History, Washington’s Marriage to Hollywood”
Jasmin Zine, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Constructing the “Enemies Within”: Muslim Youth, Islamophobia and the Racial Politics of Canada’s ‘Home Grown’ War on Terror
Rabab Abdul-Hadi, San Francisco State University
“Colonial Feminism AGAIN! Geller, MUNI Ads, and Orientalism.”
Tamirace Fakhoury, Lebanese American University Visiting lecturer for summer 2012/2013, UC Berkeley
“Debunking Islamophobia?: the discourse of Arab and Muslim student associations at UC Berkeley”
Anaïd Lindemann, University of Lausanne, Switzerland- Lausanne
Use of Islam in the Definition of Foreign Otherness in Switzerland: A Comparative Analysis of Media Discourses Between 1970 ad 2004 .
Chair: Munir Jiwa, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Concluding Remarks
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Conference celebration and concert (details are below).
Join us for a solemn night of sacred music from the Muslim world and
support Islamophobia research
Sufi Concert to raise funds for UC Berkeley’s Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) the Islamophobia Studies Journal
Following the conference @7:30 PM -9:30 PM Saturday, April 20, 2013
The Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble (Arab Sufi music)
Mohammad Nejad Ensemble (Persian Sufi music)
Mete Bayyigit Ensemble (Turkish Sufi music)
The program includes:
Arabic poetry written by 4 classical Sufi poets: Ibn Arabi (1165-1240), al-Shushtari (1212-1269), Ibn al-Farid (1181-1235), Rabi’ah al-‘Adawiyyah (717-801)
Persian poetry by Rumi, Sa’di, Hafiz, and others
Turkish poetry by Yunus Emre (1240-1321)
A sing-along to Tala’al Badru Alayna
Zaytuna College
2401 Le Conte Ave,
Berkeley, CA 94709
Ticket Prices
Online: $25
At-the-door: $30
At-the-door Student rate (with current, valid student ID): $25
Papers presented at the conference will have the possibility of being published in the bi-annual Islamophobia Studies Journal published through a collaborative effort between the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project of the Center for Race and Gender at the University of California at Berkeley, the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative for the School of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University; the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia, and Zaytuna College.


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