Islamophobia Production and Re-Defining Global "Security" Agenda for the 21st Century

Date: 

04/21/2011 - 9:00am to 04/22/2011 - 5:00pm

Islamophobia Production
and Re-Defining Global "Security" Agenda
for the 21st Century

April 21-22, 2011
All sessions begin at 9 am

University of California, Berkeley
Booth Auditorium, Boalt Law School

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196137800421360

Conference video: http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/producing-islamophobia-video
 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM:
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Thursday April 21st, 2011

9:00 am - Opening Welcoming Remarks
Prof. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Center for Race & Gender Welcoming Remarks             
Papa Toumané Ndiaey, ISESCO Representative        
Dr. Hatem Bazian, IRDP Director and Conference Convener         

9:30 -11:00 am - Race and Racism in US Election: Wedge Issue and Who Benefits?
Prof. Abdulkader H. Sinno, Indiana University
Prof. Ling-Chi Wang, University of California, Berkeley
Zaid Shakir, Zaytuna College
Moderator: Dr. Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley

11:15am-12:45PM - Producing Islamophobia and Fomenting Fear
Thomas Cincotta, Public Research Associates
Max Blumenthal, the Nation Institute
Arzu Merali is Director of Research for the Islamic Human Rights Commission (UK)
Moderator: Wajahat Ali, Research and Writer at Center for American Progress

LUNCH BREAK

1:30- 3PM - Islamophobia Production in Europe
Prof. Kwame Nimako, University of Amsterdam, Islamophobia in The Netherlands
Houria Bouteldja, Founder and Spokeswoman for the Indigenous of the Republic Party, France
Dr. Sirin Adlbi Sibai Researcher in the Mediterranean Studies Workshop, Univeridad Autnoma de Madrid
Moderator: Prof.  Ramon Grosfougel, UC Berkeley

3:15 – 5:00 PM - Islamophobia, Citizenship, Patriotism and the Security State
Prof. Nadine Naber, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University, AMED Program
Prof. Maxwell Leung, California College of the Arts
Moderator: Prof. Marianne Farina, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, GTU

DINNER BREAK

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM - Thursday Evening Community Partnership Program
Nihad Awad, CAIR Executive Director
Arzu Merali is Director of Research for the Islamic Human Rights Commission (UK).
Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Co-Founder Zaytuna College
Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University, AMED Program
Max Blumenthal, the Nation Institute
Dr. Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley and Co-Founder Zaytuna College
Moderator: Prof. Munir Jiwa, Graduate Theological Union

Friday April 22nd, 2011

9:00 AM 11:00 AM - Islamophobia: Media Production and Re-Production of Racism
Prof. Suad Joseph, University of California Davis
Prof. Dina Ibrahim, San Francisco State University
Prof. Munir Jiwa, Graduate Theological Union
Moderator: Prof. Nargis Virani, Arabic and Islamic Studies at New School of NY

11:15 AM – 1:00PM - Clash of Civilizations Discourses and Muslim Otherness
Prof. Ramon Grosfogual, UC Berkeley
Prof. Keith Feldman, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley
Moderator: Prof. Maxwell Leung, California College of the Arts

3:00 PM – 4:45 PM - Islamophobia and the Security State in Post 9/11
Veena Dubal, Staff Attorney,National Security & Civil Rights Program, Asian Law Caucus
Zahra Billoo, CAIR SF Bay Area Executive Director
Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Author of the Muslim Next Door
Moderator: Prof. Marianne Farina, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, GTU

5:00 PM- 5:30PM - Closing Remarks and IRDP Future Plans
Dr. Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley

Sponsoring Organizations: Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Institute of International Studies, GTU Center for Islamic Studies, Zaytuna College, American Cultures Engaged Scholarship, SFSU Arab and Muslims Ethnicities and Diaspora Initiative, Boalt Law School Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Law and American Muslims for Palestine

 In a July 31st, 2010 article in The Huffington Post M. J. Rosenberg summed-up possibly for the first time and in clear fashion the primary motivations behind the increasing intensity of the Islamophobes’ campaign by observing that “it is not because they are instinctive bigots;” rather “they believe that the more acceptance there is of Muslims here at home, the less reflexive hatred there will be for Muslims abroad.”   Rosenberg analysis makes a connection between domestic Islamophobia production and dissemination in the US and foreign policy objectives related to the Muslim world, which centers on fomenting hate and bigotry at home so as to create the needed condition for continued support of militarism and endless war abroad.

The Center for Race and Gender at the University of California, Berkeley, Organization of Islamic Conference, Council on American-Islamic Relations, and GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies will host a two-day conference focusing on the growing Islamophobia phenomena in the United States and its impacts on American Muslims and relations with the Muslim world.  At present the airwaves, news, T.V. shows and centers of culture production are filled with Islamophobic content thus making racism directed at Muslims and Islam a fully sanctioned discourses affecting American Muslims as well as shaping foreign policy discourses.

The conference will bring together researchers, academics, community advocates and representatives of the Organization of Islamic Conference for a two day conference to share analysis, findings and policy recommendation.  Furthermore, the conference will seek to document the ideological, institutional and financial interests entangled in the production and dissemination of Islamophobic contents in the US and in Europe and exploring the primary desired outcomes, in the short and long terms.  The papers presented at the conference will be published in UC Berkeley’s Islamophobia Studies Journal inaugural edition Fall, 2011.

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