The 10th Annual International Islamophobia Conference: Virtual Internment: Islamophobia, Social Technologies of Surveillance and Unequal Citizenship

Monday, Apr 15, 2019 - Sunday, Apr 21, 2019 | All Day Event

Berkeley Law | U.C. Berkeley
Location is ADA accessible

The UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender
Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) and Islamophobia Studies Center 

The 10thAnnual International Islamophobia Conference
Virtual Internment
Islamophobia, Social Technologies of Surveillance and Unequal Citizenship
April 15-21, 2019
Berkeley School of Law
University of California, Berkeley

 The Ethnic Studies Library is hosting a month-long Islamophobia exhibit that include published books in the field, journals, special reports and posters marking the occasion of the 10th Annual Conference.

Monday, April 15, 2019
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm   1 Hearst Annex Building

Munir Jiwa, Founding Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA
“A Decade On: Revisiting the Five “Media Pillars” of Islam.””

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm   140 Berkeley Law

Hatem Bazian, Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, UC Berkeley
“Virtual Internment Islamophobia, Social Technologies of Surveillance and Unequal Citizenship.”

Ramon Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkeley, USA
“Epistemic Surveillance and Academic Walls.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm   1 Hearst Annex Building

Mattias Gardell, Nathan Söderblom Professor in Comparative Religion, and Director of Research at the Centre for the Multidisciplinary Studies of Racism at Uppsala University, Sweden.
“Torture, Terror and Truth.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm   Ethnic Studies Library

Debbie Almontaser, Founder and CEO, Bridging Cultures Group Inc., New York, USA
“Leading While Muslim: The Experiences of American Muslim Principals after 9/11.”

 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm  145 Dwinelle

Jasmin Zine, Wilfrid Laurier University, Toronto, Canada
“Islamophobia and the Security-Industrial Complex”

Salman Sayyid, Director of the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
“The Geopolitics of Islamophobia”

Friday, April 19, 2019  Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law

8:30 am – 8:45 am       City of Berkeley Proclamation
Presented by Councilwoman Cheryl Davila

8:45-9:00 am              Hatem Bazian, Director, IRDP, UC Berkeley

Panel 1  – 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Title: Islamophobia Through History, Counterinsurgency and Façade of National Security
Chair: Munir Jiwa, Founding Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA

Nader Salass, Columbia University, New York, USA
“Pathogenic Invisibility: A Historical Pattern of Unequal Protection in African American and Muslim Discriminatory Surveillance Cases Against the NYPD.”

Ibrahim Bechrouri, French Institute of Geopolitics , Paris 8 University and Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, Paris, France
“Islamophobia and the Virtual Counterinsurgency at Home.”

Elsadig Elsheikh, Director of the Global Justice Program, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Berkeley, USA
Basima Sisemore, Global Justice Program, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Berkeley, USA
“The Facade of National Security: Islamophobia and Xenophobia in the United States.”

Panel 2 – 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Title: Big Brother, Muslim Existential Threat, Fear and Surveillance
Chair: Victoria E. Robinson
, Director of American Cultures Program and Comparative Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Azeezah Kanji, Legal Academic and writer, Toronto, Canada
“Wanted: Big Brother’s Little Sisters – The Female Gaze in the National Security Panopticon.”

Reem Bahdi, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Ayesha Mian Akram, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
“Virtual Internment and The Muslim Existential Threat in Canada.”

Steven Fink, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
“Fear and Surveillance: Fox News and Fox Reality Crime Shows’ Contribution to the Virtual Internment of Muslims in America.”

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm – Lunch Break and Friday Prayers Break
Friday prayers, Juma’ is held on campus at 1:15 pm at Hearst Gymnasium, a short walking distance from Berkeley School of Law. Volunteers can provide direction.

Panel 3 – 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Title: The Muslim Ban, Building Walls and Shaping Public Opinion
Chair: Norah Arafeh, Berkeley Law School, Berkeley, USA

Zainab Ramahi, Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley, USA
“The Muslim Ban Cases: A lost opportunity for the Court and a lesson for the future.”

Abbas Barzegar, National Director of Research and Advocacy, CAIR National, D.C., USA
Zainab Arain is the Research and Advocacy Manager at CAIR, D.C., USA
“The Anti-Muslim Mainstream: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network.”

 Seyda Karaoglu, George Washington University, Virginia, USA
“The Role of Public Opinion and Media on the European Union’s Policy Toward the Refugee Crisis.”

Panel 4 – 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Title: The Epistemic of Institutionalized Islamophobia
Chair: Marianne Farina
, CSC, Dominican School of Philosophy and the Theology

Nawroos Shibli, Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Arab Institute and Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), University of Waterloo, Canada
“Institutionalizing Is[law]mophobia: Freedom of Religion, Minority Rights Regimes and the European Court of Human Rights.”

Robert K. Beshara, Integrated Studies, Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico
“The Epistemic and Ontic Resistance of US Muslims to Islamophobia/Islamophilia.”

 Ali Çaksu, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
“Islamophobia, The Chinese Style: Internment Camps for Uyghur Muslims.”

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm      ASWAT Ensemble
Countering Islamophobia Through Cultural Performance and the Arts
Location: Lower Sproul Plaza

Saturday April 20, 2019 Booth Auditorium

Panel 5  –  9:00 am – 10:30 am
Title: Racialized Emotions, Religious Identity and Muslims as Outlaws
Chair:
Kristin George, Sociology Department, UC Berkeley.

Arij Elmi, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Ontario, Canada
Nadiya Ali, York University, Canada
Dahab Ibrahim, Ryerson University, Canada
“Islamophobia as an Affective Field: Racialized Emotions, Surfaces and Boundaries.”

Marwa Abdalla, Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, USA
“The Negotiation and Communication of Religious Identity Among Muslim Minority Populations: A Theoretical Model.”

 Cyrus McGoldrick, Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Ibn Khaldun University, Istanbul, Turkey
“The Sacred Man: Muslims as Outlaws in the American Political Imagination.”

Panel 6 – 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Title: Islamophobia, Comparative Geographies, and Reform Discourses
Chair: Khalid Kadir, International & Area Studies, UC Berkeley

 Randa Abdel-Fattah, Macquarie University Sydney, Australia
“Islamophobia and Racial Australianization.”

 Rhonda Itaoui, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia
“Gendered Geographies of Islamophobia in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

M. Bilal Nasir, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA
“Policing Becoming: Moral Conversion, Racialization, and Liberal Reform in Los Angeles.”

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch Break

Panel 7 – 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Title: Hindutva, Geopolitics of Moderate Islam and Muslims in the Indian Press
Chair:
Munir Jiwa, Founding Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA

Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman, Malaysia Program, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
“Islamophobia and the Glocalisation of Hindutva in Bali.”

Prashant Waikar, Malaysia Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
“The Geopolitics of Moderate Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia.”

 Azhar Ul Hassan Sumra, Islamic University Islamabad. Currently, and Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore
“Muslims and Islam in Indian English Press: Exploring the Islamophobia Discourse.”

Panel 8 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Title:  Islamophobia Industry Muslims Versus Muslims Lived Experiences
Chair:
Somayeh Nikooei, Director, Our Three Winners Foundation

Richard Silverstein, Independent Journalist and Contributor to Tikun Olam, Seattle, USA
“Israel: Exporting the Surveillance State”

Paula Thompson, IRDP and Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA
“Getting Played: Gamification, Islamophobia and the Video Game Industry.”

Omar Salha, SOAS, University of London, London, UK
“The Beautiful Game: Muslim Footballers as Ambassadors of Faith”

Sunday April 21, 2019  Booth Auditorium

Panel 9 – 9:15 am – 10:45 am
Title: From the Cold War to the Coldness of Institutionalized Islamophobia
Chair:
Hatem Bazian, IRDP, Berkeley,USA

 Sofia A. Ragozina, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
“Afghan War, Cold War and Collapse of USSR: Roots of Islamophobia in Russian Public Discourse”

Baptiste Brodard, Swiss  Centre for  Islam  and Society, University  of  Fribourg, Switzerland.
“Institutional Islamophobia in Switzerland: From Statutory Agencies’ Observations to a Personal Case of ‘Virtual Internment’”

Moazzam Begg, Outreach Director for CAGE, London, UK
“Torturing Islam: A Modern American Affair”

Panel 10 – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Title: France’s Islamophobia: From the Colonial Past to the Liberal Present
Chair: Munir Jiwa
, Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

Hamza Esmili, EHESS/ENS, Paris, France and Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley
“Fighting Against ‘Radicalization’, Establishing Sovereignty”

 Flora Hergon, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, France
“House Searches and State of Emergency in France (2015-2017): (Post)colonial Counter-Terrorism and Security Islamophobia”

Adam Mohamed Aziz, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA
“French Islamophobia: No-Go Zones, Sexuality Politics, and the Figure of the Terrorist Indigène.”

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm  –  Lunch Break

Panel 11 – 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Title: Islamophobia, Education and Community Diversity
Chair:
Hatem Bazian, IRDP, Berkeley,USA

Hassina Alizai, Queen University, Ontario, Canada
“Impact of Islamophobia on Post-Secondary Muslim Students Attending Ontario Universities.”

R. David Coolidge, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA
“American Muslims, Human Diversity, and “The Labor of Thought.””

Muhammad Taimoor Bin Tanveer, Sabahittin Zaim University, Istanbul, Turkey
“Emergence of Islamophobia Bourgeoisie in Pakistan-A State Owned Policy of Virtual Internment.”

Panel 12 –  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Title: China’s Rising Islamophobia and Comparative Narratives
Chair:
Elsadig Elsheikh, Global Justice Program, Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society

Yasmeen Azam, California State University, Long Beach, USA
“China’s War of Terror: How Islamophobic Discourse Fuels Occupation.”

Ibrahima Diagne, Northern New Mexico College, USA
“A French Athlete’s Experience and Reflections on Islamophobia: France and US.”

Closing Remarks: Hatem Bazian, IRDP, Berkeley, USA

 

Co-Sponsorships:
Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds, UK
Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society
Islamophobia Studies Journal & Re-Orient Journal
Center for Islamic Studies at GTU
Northern California Islamic Council
Council on American Islamic Relations
Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies
Near Eastern Studies Department
Ethnic Studies Department
American Cultures Program
Our Three Winners Foundation

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