Islamophobia – From Theorizing to Systematic Documentation
University of California, Berkeley
Booth Auditorium, Boalt Law School
April 19th and 20th, 2013
Friday 8.30am – 9.30pm (Amsterdam time: 16.30pm – 5.30am)
Saturday 9.30am-9.30pm (Amsterdam time 17.30pm – 5.30am)
The focus of the conference will be Islamophobia: a contrived fear or prejudice fomented by the existing Eurocentric and Orientalist global power structure which rationalizes the necessity to deploy violence as a tool to achieve “civilizational rehab” of the target communities (Muslim or otherwise). The concept of Islamophobia reintroduces and reaffirms a global racial structure through which resource distribution disparities are maintained and extended. The conference will also highlight research and projects that explore the maintenance and extension of existing power paradigms by bringing together academics, thinkers, practitioners and researchers from around the globe who engage, question and challenge the existing disparities in economic, political, social and cultural relations.