5th Annual Islamophobia Conference, « Latent and Manifest Islamophobia » — University of California, Berkley, 17-19/04/2014

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project of the Center for Race and Gender

Latent and Manifest Islamophobia

5th Annual Islamophobia Conference

Boalt Hall School of Law

University of California, Berkeley

American Cultures Engaged Scholarship, Asian American Studies Department, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, Council on American Islamic Relations, Graduate Theological Union, Center for Islamic Studies, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Studies, SFSU School of Ethnic Studies, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Zaytuna College

April 17-19, 2014

April 17th, 2014 Thursday

Opening Session        Booth Auditorium

11:30am                      Opening and Welcoming Remarks: Hatem Bazian, Conference Convener and Director, Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project  “Latent and Manifest Islamophobia: Multimodal Engagements with the Production of Knowledge.”

12-1:45 PM               Booth Auditorium

Panel One       State Policies, Violence, Culture and Muslim Encounters

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

JAIDEEP SINGH, Cal State, East Bay — Producing Hate Violence: Interrogating the Role of the Media and the State

KAMEL MEZITI, Doctor of the Sorbonne University, Paris, France — French « Laïcité », a “modern” tool of stigmatization of Muslims

KHALED A. BEYDOUN, Critical Race Studies Fellow, UCLA School of Law — Between Muslim and White: The Legal Construction of Arab-American Identity

 MELINDA Q. BRENNAN, Indiana University Bloomington — Unintelligible White Bombers: Animus and Deadly Boundaries

2-3:45 PM                 Booth Auditorium

Panel Two      Islamophobia, Ideological Conflicts and Representations

Chair: Mahan Mirza, Dean of Faculty, Zaytuna College

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?”

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

SANA SAEED, Senior Editor, Islawmix — The Viral News Story versus The Meme

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

4-5:45 PM                 Booth Auditorium

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

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

PAOLA BACCHETTA, University of California, Berkeley — Queer Trajectories of Latent and Manifest Islamophobia in Italy and France

HUMA DAR, University of California, Berkeley — Latent and Manifest Islamophobia in Indian Occupied Kashmir: Queerphilic Imperialism and Hindu-homonationalism

FOUZIEYHA TOWGHI, University of California, Berkeley — Latent Islamophobia and the Epistemic Limits of Human Rights Discourse on “Honor Killings”

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?

6-7:30PM       Booth Auditorium

Panel Four

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

Houria Bouteldja, Parti des indigènes de la république, France — The European Extreme Right and Islamophobia: A Decolonial Perspective

Zahra Biloo, Executive Director, CAIR Northern California — Growing in Faith: California Muslim Youth Experiences with Bullying, Harassment and Religious Accommodation in Schools

Yaman Salahi, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Law Caucus — Remorse without reform: the lingering logic of the Korematsu case

Hatem Bazian, Director, IRDP, UC Berkeley and Zaytuna College — Latent and Manifest Islamophobia

April 18th, Friday      

9-10:45am      Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall

Panel Five       Examining Islamophobia in the Diverse Contexts

Chair: Mahan Mirza, Dean of Faculty, Zaytuna College

HUMERA JABIR, McGill University, Canada — Fuelling Hatred: A Critical Look at the Quebec Charter of Values Debate

ZAINUB RAHMAN, University of Calgary, Canada — Quebec Charter of Islamophobia?

METTURSUN BEYDULLA, Ankara University, Turkey — Islamophobia in Eastern Asia: An Example from China

ANTONIA OLMOS ALCARAZ, Granada University, Spain — Muslim Immigrant Students in Spain: An Ethnographic Approach to Representation of Identities and Otherness

11-12:45PM   Booth Auditorium

Panel Six         Muslim Women: Site of Islamophobic Discourse and Citizenship

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

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

JEAN FRANCOIS BRAULT, Paris 8 University, France — Islamophobia Against Veiled Muslim Women in France: Should we talk about Veilophobia

HEATHER RASTOVAC, UC Berkeley — Fraught Frames of Freedom: French Representations of Exilic Iranian Dancer Afshin Ghaffarian

S. LATHION, University of Firbourg, Switzerland — Stop Islamophobia In Europe?  Don’t talk about Islam and Muslims anymore!

Lunch Break 12:45 – 1:45PM

1:45 -3:45PM Booth Auditorium

Panel Seven    Orientalism, Othering and the Security State: Structural Islamophobia

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

ILYSE R. MORGENSTEIN FUERST, University of Vermont — Muslim Subjects and Citizens: Discursive Ties, Lingering Orientalism, and Islamophobias

DEEPA KUMAR, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Rutgers University — The image of the « Muslim enemy » in the West

VARSHA BASHEER, University of Kerala, India — Cracks in ‘Secular Modernity’: Exploring Orientalism and its Indian Implications

ARUN KUNDNANI, New York University and John Jay and Queens Colleges, NY — Racialization and radicalization: Islamophobia and the surveillance of Muslims in the US

4:00-5:45 PM Booth Auditorium

Panel Eight     Manifest Islamophobia and the Shaping Public Consciousness

Chair: Som Pourfarzaneh, Associate Direct, GTU Center for Islamic Studies

AHMET TEMEL, University of California, Santa Barbara — Shariaphobia, A Recurring Obession: Sharia as a Means to Justify Islamophobia

NANCY A. KHALIL, Harvard University — Jihad: American Media and Muslim Theology

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

SAHER SELOD, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts — Flying While Muslim: Muslim American Men and Women’s Racial Experiences in U.S. Airports

Dinner Break

6:00 – 7:15 PM

7:30 – 9:30PM           2401 Le Conte, Berkeley

Len Conte, Zaytuna College

Songs for the Spirit Concert

The Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble
The Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble is the sacred music arm of Aswat, the Bay Area’s premier Arab music ensemble.

The musical voice of Arab America in the Bay Area is Aswat, which is sponsored by Zawaya. True to Zawaya’s commitment to pluralism and inclusion, Aswat is a multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-religious music ensemble that reaches out to the diverse Bay Area community with folkloric, classical, contemporary, and sacred Arab music. Aswat’s doors remain open to all who want to participate in the exciting, enriching exchange between Arab Americans and other communities through the universal language of music. For more information about Aswat, please visit www.zawaya.org.


April 19th, Saturday

9:00-10:45AM           Booth Auditorium

Panel Nine      Media, Public Policy and Case Studies of Responses

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

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

KALIA ABIADE, Center for New Community, Chicago, IL — Following the Anti-Immigrant Roadmap: Using Fear and Security Rhetoric to Win State-Level Policy Fights

CHLOE DIAMOND-LENOW, University of California, Santa Barbara — Constructing the Human(e) and Inhuman(e): “Savings” Dogs from Iraq

11:00-12:45PM         Booth Auditorium

Panel Ten       Islamophobia in Australia, Austria, Belgium and the UK   

Chair: Elsadig Elsheikh, Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley

HALIM RANE, Griffith University, Australia — Latent and Manifest Islamophobia in Australia: Media, Policy and Public Opinion

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.

CORINNEE TORREKENS, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium — Rising Islamophobia in Belgium: How Muslims (Counter-)React?

HISHAM AIDI, Columbia University — FAVELA (CRESCENT) RISING: Funkeiros, Orishas and Afro-Brazilian Muslim Protes

Lunch Break

2- 3:45PM      Booth Auditorium

Panel Eleven   Islamophobia Through Muslim Eyes

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

FAROOQ HASSAN, Visiting Researcher at ACMCU Georgetown University — American Muslim Minority: Victims of Islamophobia of a Pluralistic Society in the 21st Century

ITRATH SYED, Simon Fraser University, Canada — Religiously Marked Bodies in the Multicultural Space

JILL CLARK & BRADEN STUART, Solomon College, USA — “I Wouldn’t Want Him in My House:” Manifesting Islamophobia on a College Campus

MAHA JACOBS, California State University, East Bay — The Meme of the “Ungrateful” Muslims

4-5:45 PM      Booth Auditorium

Panel Twelve  Racism and Islamophobia: What is the Connection?

Chair: Ustadh Abdullah Ali, Faculty, Zaytuna College

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

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

NADIA MOHAMMAD, Editor at Altmuslimah.com — Waiting for our turn: Beyond « hoodies and hijabs »

IBRAHIM BECHROURI — The Institutionalization of Islamophobia: What Narratives led to the Surveillance Program of Muslim of the NYPD?





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