Call for Papers | Islamophobia: Has a tipping point been reached?

Islamophobia: Has a tipping point been reached?

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project

University of California, Berkeley


Call for Papers to the 7th Annual Islamophobia Conference

Conference Dates: April 22 and 23, 2016

Location: UC Berkeley School of Law



UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project is hosting the 7th Annual International Islamophobia Conference and invites scholars, researchers, artists, poets, media producers, activists and community organizations to submit an abstract for a mutli-medium engagement in the Islamophobia Studies field.

The conference’s theme, Islamophobia: Has a tipping point been reached? is both a question for researchers and a statement reflecting the pervasiveness of bigoted discourses that problematize the category, Muslim and Islam in civil society.  Certainly, the recent intensification of Da’ish’s terrorist attacks and the subsequent media coverage have contributed to the rising tide of Islamophobia and the arrival at this “tipping point” moment.

The conference seeks papers that examine Islamophobia from multi-disciplinary and transnational perspectives, so as to, bring a more holistic understanding of the phenomena and the forces acting to sharpen the ongoing otherization of Muslims as a class.  While negative media discourses focusing on Muslims are important and have received scholarly attention, other areas of research remain un-theorized with few quality pieces in circulation.  The conference encourages abstracts from a broad range of academic fields and specialization and panels will be organized based on academic fields with the hope of publishing clusters of papers addressing the particular specialization.  We highly encourage papers examining Islamophobia in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Electoral Politics and Public Policy
  • International Relations and Global Discourses
  • Empire, Military Industrial Complex, and Architecture of Racism
  • Papers with Intersectionality Focus (Race, Gender, Immigration, Prisons, etc.)
  • Orientalism and Post-Colonial Studies
  • Islamophobia in the Law and the Justice System
  • Sociology, Anthropology, and Religion
  • Muslim Institutional Responses

The conference will examine every abstract proposal with key guiding principle of expanding knowledge production in the Islamophobia Studies field, and encouraging new areas of research that are under-theorized and under-studied.  The conference committee is attentive on creating a collaborative approach to forging more critical scholarship in the Islamophobia Studies field, and expanding the existing networks of researchers across disciplined and the geographical areas of the world.  We encourage themes and panels covering specific academic disciplined, quantitative, and qualitative research, specific case studies in countering Islamophobia, curriculum and course designs, as well as, comparative approaches to Islamophobia in different countries and settings.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, include a title for the paper, and a short bio (100 words single paragraph in text style) to be used for the conference program if selected.  The abstract should be submitted in Microsoft word document and sent to the attention of Dr. Hatem Bazian:


Abstract Deadlines:  February 1, 2016

Invite Letters: February 22, 2016

Conference Dates: April 22 & 23, 2016

Location: UC Berkeley School of Law