Researching Islamophobia in the Bay Area

CRG Visiting Scholar from Western Sydney University, Australia, Rhonda Itaoui, reflects on her research on how the public exclusion of Muslims in Sydney and here in the Bay Area are expressed through protests against Mosque development or Islamic institutions, how those protests are being interpreted by Muslims, and whether it shapes the way they perceived and engaged with various regions they had been excluded from.

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“Missing in History”: An Interview with Prof. Khatharya Um on Critical Migration and Refugee Studies

Interview from CRG FaultLines newsletter, Spring 2017 issue. Khatharya Um is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies in the area of Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies. Prof. Um recently published two major volumes advancing the political discourse on migration and refugee studies in Southeast Asia, and exploring themes such as war, exile, belonging, and genocide. Prof. Um’s research not only intervenes in the telling of complex histories of conflict, it offers crucial insight into ongoing debates about migration, accountability and justice.  – Desirée Valadares, CRG Graduate Student Researcher CRG: How did your edited volume, Southeast...

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Yoga Justice/Yoga Violence Conference

Originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of FaultLines. On April 22, 2016, the Race and Yoga working group hosted its third conference “Yoga Justice/Yoga Violence.” Building on the success of our previous gatherings, we decided to interrogate yoga as a healing modality, form of social justice activism, and site of violence simultaneously. Responding to previous attendee feedback, we included somatic practice (physical movement, breathing, meditation) this year. We received an overwhelming response to our call for papers. The conference organizing committee (Tria Blu Wakpa, Sabrina Strings, Jennifer Musial) adjudicated 40 abstracts submitted by scholar-practitioners domestically and internationally (ie....

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Islamophobia Reporting App

The Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) of UC Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender focuses is delighted to release the Report Islamophobia Phone App.  The tool will make it possible for IRDP to engage in  a systematic and empirical data collection approach to the study of Islamophobia and its impact on Muslim communities.  As the current period has led to the increased demonization and targeting of Muslim communities, the new phone app will help in providing the needed data to understand and document the extent of the phenomena.   Once the report is filed on the app and...

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LGBT Clubs Let Us Embrace Queer Latinidad, Let’s Affirm This

Prof. Juana María Rodríguez (Gender & Women’s Studies) wrote a powerful NBC News op/ed entitled, “LGBT Clubs Let Us Embrace Queer Latinidad, Let’s Affirm This.” An excerpt: While gay bars have never really been places of safety, they have been spaces of bravery, activism, and resilience. Let’s remember that Latin night exists because many gay clubs have a history of racial profiling, excluding not just Latin rhythms and beats, but the black and brown bodies that carry them. Everyday undocumented queer Latinxs live in fear that any Latinx gathering, queer or otherwise, becomes another opportunity for an ICE raid. When a drag performer sings...

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