Berkeley to Host 8th Annual Islamophobia Conference

BERKELEY – The University of California will host later this month the eighth annual Islamophobia conference, addressing questions of the relationship between liberalism (and neo-liberalism) and Islamophobia.

The conference, held from April 21st – 23rd, 2017, will be hosted by UC Berkeley Boalt school of law.

“There is a need for an approach to the study of Islamophobia which explores the way in which it is being institutionalized by policies that promote and police a conception of Western societies that appears to be becoming increasingly exclusive and exclusionary,” organizers wrote in a statement shared by the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) website.

“This conference provides an inter-disciplinary platform to reflect and respond to the crisis of post-Cold war liberal order by exploring the relationship between Islamophobia and the reshaping of Western societies.”

Held for the 8th consecutive year, the conference is held under the title, “Islamophobia and the end of liberalism?”

The sponsors include,  Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Ethnic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, Al-Falah Program of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

Other sponsors are Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Studies, SFSU School of Ethnic Studies, Council on American Islamic Relations, Center for Islamic Studies of the Graduate Theological Union, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Islamic Scholarship Fund, Muslim Student Association, Northern California Islamic Council, and Zaytuna College.