Watch LIVE: The Fifth Annual Conference on the Study of Islamophobia


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Conference Schedule

April 17th Thursday


Conference Theme: “Latent and Manifest Islamophobia: Multimodal Engagements with the Production of Knowledge.”

Opening and Welcoming Remarks: Hatem Bazian, Conference Convener and Director, Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project

12:00-1:45 PM

Panel One

State Policies, Violence, Culture and Muslim Encounters

1. JAIDEEP SINGH, Cal State, East Bay

Producing Hate Violence: Interrogating the Role of the Media and the State

2. KAMEL MEZITI, Doctor of the Sorbonne University, Paris, France

French « Laïcité», a “modern” tool of stigmatization of Muslims

3. KHALED A. BEYDOUN, Critical Race Studies Fellow, UCLA School of Law

Between Muslim and White: The Legal Construction of Arab-American Identity

4. MELINDA Q. BRENNAN, Indiana University Bloomington

Unintelligible White Bombers: Animus and Deadly Boundaries

Chair: Munir Jiwa, Director, GTU Center for Islamic Studies

2:00-3:45 PM

Panel Two

Islamophobia, Ideological Conflicts and Representations

1. SAEED A. KHAN, Wayne State University, Michigan

Islamophobia, the Conservative Movement and the Creation of the Muslim Menace Through a Reassessment of Self vs. Other Discourse: More “Self” than “Other?”

2. FATIMA DADABHOY, Senior Civil Rights Attorney, CAIR Greater LA Chapter

Islamophobia & Mosque Construction: The role of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and its Loopholes

3. SANA SAEED, Senior Editor, Islawmix

Memes, Hijabs and the Shaykh: Constructing Islam and Muslims Through Humor, Headlines and Click Culture

4. MAHA JACOBS, California State University, East Bay

The Meme of the “Ungrateful” Muslims

Chair: Mahan Mirza, Dean of Faculty, Zaytuna College

4:00-5:45 PM

Panel Three

Gender, Sexuality, Class and Colonialism in Transnational Latent and Manifest Islamophobia

1. PAOLA BACCHETTA, University of California, Berkeley

Queer Trajectories of Latent and Manifest Islamophobia in Italy and France

2. HUMA DAR, University of California, Berkeley

Latent and Manifest Islamophobia in Indian Occupied Kashmir: Queerphilic Imperialism and Hindu-homonationalism

3. FOUZIEYHA TOWGHI, University of California, Berkeley

Latent Islamophobia and the Epistemic Limits of Human Rights Discourse on “Honor Killings”

4. MINDY WYNN TAUBERG, University of California, Irvine

Can There Be Mutual Avowal Between FEMEN and Muslim Women Against FEMEN in the Debate Over Equality for Women?

Chair: Zara Zimbardo, Interdisciplinary Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies


Panel Four

1. HOURIA BOUTELDJA, Parti des indigènes de la république, France

The European Extreme Right and Islamophobia: A Decolonial PerspectiveHouria Bouteldja

2. ZAHRA BILOO, Executive Director, CAIR Northern California

Growing in Faith: California Muslim Youth Experiences with Bullying,Harassment and Religious Accommodation in Schools

3. YAMAM SALAHI, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Law Caucus

Remorse without reform: the lingering logic of the Korematsu case

4. IBRAHIM BECHROURI, French Institute of Geopolitics ofthe University Paris VIII

The Institutionalization of Islamophobia: What Narratives led to the SurveillanceProgram of Muslim of the NYPD?

Chair: Ramon Grosfoguel, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

April 18th Friday


Panel Five

Examining Islamophobia in the Diverse Contexts

1. HUMERA JABIR, McGill University, Canada

Fuelling Hatred: A Critical Look at the Quebec Charter of Values Debate

2. Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Author of Muslim Next Door and a Lawyer

Examining the Frames in Secondary Education

3. METTURSUN BEYDULLA, Fatih University, Turkey

Islamophobia in Eastern Asia: An Example from China

4. ANTONIA OLMOS ALCARAZ, Granada University, Spain

Muslim Immigrant Students in Spain: An Ethnographic Approach to Representation of Identities and Otherness

Chair: Mahan Mirza, Dean ofFaculty, Zaytuna College1. HUMERA JABIR, McGill University, Canada


Panel Six

Muslim Women: Site of Islamophobic Discourse and Citizenship

1. AZEEZAH KANJI, Noor Culture Center and Graduate of University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.

The Stranger at the Gate: The Niqab and Discourses of Citizenship in Canada

2. JEAN FRANCOIS BRAULT, Paris 8 University, France

Islamophobia Against Veiled Muslim Women in France: Should we talk about Veilophobia


Fraught Frames of Freedom: French Representations of Exilic Iranian Dancer Afshin Ghaffarian

4. Junaid Rana, Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Decolonizing Racism and the Muslim Question

Chair: Victoria Robinson, Director, American Cultures Program, UC Berkeley

1:45 -3:45PM

Panel Seven

Orientalism, Othering and the Security State: Structural Islamophobia

1. ILYSE R. MORGENSTEIN FUERST, University of Vermont

Muslim Subjects and Citizens: Discursive Ties, Lingering Orientalism, andIslamophobias

2. DEEPA KUMAR, Associate Professor of Media Studies, RutgersUniversity

Islamophobia in the Obama Era: Liberalism and the National Security State

3. VARSHA BASHEER, University of Kerala, India

Cracks in ‘Secular Modernity’: Exploring Orientalism and its Indian Implications

4. ARUN KUNDNANI, New York University and John Jay and QueensColleges, NY

Racialization and radicalization: Islamophobia and the surveillance of Muslims in the US

Chair: Nalini Ghuman, Associate Professor of Music, Mills College

1:45 -3:45PM

Panel Eight

Manifest Islamophobia and the Shaping Public Consciousness

1. AHMET TEMEL, University of California, Santa Barbara

Shariaphobia, A Recurring Obsession: Sharia as a Means to Justify Islamophobia

2. NANCY A. KHALIL, Harvard University

Jihad: American Media and Muslim Theology

3. ALEJANDRO BEUTEL, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

What Makes a Coalition Effective? Three Cases of “Success”: Implications for American Muslims and their Advocate Allies

4. SAHER SELOD, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts

Flying While Muslim: Muslim American Men and Women‟s Racial Experiences in U.S. Airports

Chair: Som Pourfarzaneh, Associate Director, GTUCenter for Islamic Studies

7:30 – 9:30PM

Songs for the Spirit Concert – The Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble

The Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble is the sacred music arm of Aswat, theBay Area’s premier Arab music ensemble. The musical voice of Arab America in the Bay Area is Aswat, which issponsored by Zawaya. True to Zawaya’s commitment to pluralism andinclusion, Aswat is a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-religious musicensemble that reaches out to the diverse Bay Area community withfolkloric, classical, contemporary, and sacred Arab music. Aswat’s doorsremain open to all who want to participate in the exciting, enrichingexchange between Arab Americans and other communities through theuniversal language of music. For more information about Aswat, please visit

April 19th Saturday


Panel Nine

Media, Public Policy and Case Studies of Responses

1. COLIN McLAUGHLIN-ALCOCK, University of California, Irvine

Al-Jazeera and the Lara Logan Story: Power and Positionality in American News Coverage of the Arab Spring

2. KALIA ABIADE, Center for New Community, Chicago, IL

Following the Anti-Immigrant Roadmap: Using Fear and Security Rhetoric to WinState-Level Policy Fights

3. CHLOE DIAMOND-LENOW, University of California, Santa Barbara

Constructing the Human(e) and Inhuman(e): “Savings” Dogs from Iraq


Muslim Charities in Europe: redefining a positive image of Islam in the public sphere at a grassroots level. Case study of France and Poland.

Chair: Munir Jiwa, Director, GTU Center for Islamic Studies


Panel Ten

Islamophobia in Australia, Austria, Belgium and the UK

1. HALIM RANE, Griffith University, Australia

Latent and Manifest Islamophobia in Australia: Media, Policy and Public Opinion

2. FARID HAFEZ, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University

Commemorating 100 Years of Islam in Austria: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Construction of a Tolerant Austrian ‘we’ During the ‘Islamic Commemorative Year’ in 2012.

3. CORINNEE TORREKENS, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Rising Islamophobia in Belgium: How Muslims (Counter-)React?

4. HISHAM AIDI, Columbia University

FAVELA (CRESCENT) RISING: Funkeiros, Orishas and Afro- Brazilian Muslim Protest

Chair: Elsadig Elsheikh, HaasInstitute for Fair and InclusiveSociety, UC Berkeley

2:00- 3:45 PM

Panel Eleven

Islamophobia Through Muslim Eyes

1. FAROOQ HASSAN, Visiting Researcher at ACMCU Georgetown University

American Muslim Minority: Victims of Islamophobia of a Pluralistic Society in the 21st Century

2. ITRATH SYED, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Religiously Marked Bodies in the Multicultural Sphere


“I Wouldn’t Want Him in My House:” Manifesting Islamophobia on a College Campus


Modern Techno-Primitives: Post 9/11 Representations of Suicide Bombers

Chair: Colleen Keyes, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Zaytuna College

4:00-5:45 PM

Panel Twelve

Racism and Islamophobia: What is the Connection?

1. BENJAMIN OPRATKO, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

“…two entirely different things”? Concepts of Racism in Recent Literature on Islamophobia

2. NADIA MOHAMMAD, Editor at

Waiting for our turn: Beyond “hodies and hijabs”

3. HATEM BAZIAN, IRDP Director, UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College

Latent and Manifest Islamophobia