Fifth Annual International Conference on Islamophobia Studies

04/17/2014 - 11:30am to 04/19/2014 - 5:00pm
Booth Auditorium, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley

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Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley
& the Middle Eastern Law Students Association invite you to the

Fifth Annual International Conference on Islamophobia Studies:
Latent and Manifest Islamophobia: Multimodal Engagements with the Production of Knowledge

Conference Dates:
April 17, 2014, 11:30 am
April 18-19, 9 am - 6 pm
Boalt School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Benefit Concert:
April 18, 2014, 7:30 pm
2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley, CA

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Join us free of charge for the Fifth Annual International Islamophobia Conference April 17-19, 2014 on the legendary Berkeley campus, the location with a reputation for activism and for challenging ideas and authority. The theme of the conference will be "Latent and Manifest Islamophobia: Multimodal Engagements with the Production of Knowledge," inspired by Edward Said’s work on Orientalism. Latent Islamophobia is founded upon an unquestionable certitude that Muslims trend “towards despotism and away from progress.” They are constructed and “judged in terms of, and in comparison to, the West, so it is always the Other, the conquerable, and the inferior.” Manifest Islamophobia “is what is spoken and acted upon.”  For example, the obsessive pre-occupation of everything related to Islam and Muslims, congressional and parliamentary hearings criminalizing Muslims and violations of their civil liberties and rights, domestic and international surveillance programs exclusively on Muslims and Arabs, extra-judicial use of force on Muslims and Arabs, interventions, military campaigns, and policies rationalizing its exercise, are, in essence, what we see and bear witness in the Muslim world.  The conference will also highlight genres of scholarly and artistic production over the period of a week that explore the maintenance and extension of existing power paradigms by bringing together academics, thinkers, practitioners, researchers and artists from around the globe who engage, question and challenge the existing disparities in economic, political, social and cultural relations. 

Conference Co-Sponsors: 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, Diversity and Social Justice Committee at Mills College, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Zaytuna College


April 17th



Opening Session           

Booth Auditorium



Opening and Welcoming Remarks:


HATEM BAZIAN, Conference Convener and Director, Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project


5th Annual Islamophobia Conference


Conference Theme:


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


12:00-1:45 PM              

Booth Auditorium


Panel One       


State Policies, Violence, Culture and Muslim Encounters


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



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


2:00-3:45 PM   

Booth Auditorium



Panel Two


Islamophobia, Ideological Conflicts and Representations


Chair: Mahan Mirza, Dean of Faculty, Zaytuna College


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



4:00-5:45 PM

Booth Auditorium



Panel Three


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


Chair: ZaraZimbardo, Interdisciplinary Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies


1. PAOLA BACCHETTA, University of California, Berkeley

Queer Trajectories of Latent and ManifestIslamophobia 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?



Booth Auditorium


Panel Four


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


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

The European Extreme Right and Islamophobia: A Decolonial Perspective

Houria 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 of the University Paris VIII 

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



April 18th




Booth Auditorium


Panel Five       


Examining Islamophobia in the Diverse Contexts


Chair: Mahan Mirza, Dean of Faculty, Zaytuna College


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


Booth Auditorium


Panel Six        


Muslim Women: Site of Islamophobic Discourse and Citizenship


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



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

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, MillsCollege



1. ILYSE R. MORGENSTEIN FUERST, University of Vermont

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


2. DEEPA KUMAR, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Rutgers University

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 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 Director, GTU Center for Islamic Studies



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


Dinner Break

6:00 – 7:15 PM



7:30 – 9:30PM


Zaytuna College

2401 Le Conte Ave Berkeley, CA



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



April 19th




Booth Auditorium


Panel Nine      


Media, Public Policy and Case Studies of Responses


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


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 Win State-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.



Booth Auditorium


Panel Ten       


Islamophobia in Australia, Austria, Belgium and the UK           


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


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


Lunch Break





2:00- 3:45 PM

Booth Auditorium


Panel Eleven


Islamophobia Through Muslim Eyes


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



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"


4:00-5:45 PM   

Booth Auditorium


Panel Twelve  


Racism and Islamophobia: What is the Connection?


Chair: Ustadh Abdullah Ali, Faculty, Zaytuna College


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



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, Diversity and Social Justice Committee at Mills College, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Zaytuna College