The Epistemic, Racial, Cultural and Structural Exclusionary Measures in France and Europe

Organization: Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project IRDP-University of California, Berkeley

Venue: Express by Holiday Inn Paris - Place d'Italie

Location: Paris, France

Event Date/Time: Dec 13, 2013 / 8:00 am - (GMT) End Date/Time: Dec 14, 2013 / 6:00 pm - (GMT)
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 02, 2013 Time: 23:59:00(GMT)
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Islamophobia has become one of the most pervasive forms of racism and discrimination in the world today. It is used in the West to police communities of color, to invade countries, to construct the patriarchal racial inferiority of Muslim women, to discriminate against populations in the labor market or to simply make them the target of the “war against terrorism.” But the problem has broader dimensions when we consider issues such as political, cultural, religious and epistemic Islamophobia. In Western Europe, Islamophobia is on the rise. France is among the countries where Islamophobia acquires complex and multi-layered dimensions. The obsession of the French state with French Muslims is expressed by continuous passing of laws to regulate the behavior and even the forms of dressing of Muslims, in particular, Muslim women. The latest in the list of legal measures directed at Muslims in France is the attempt of the François Hollande administration to extend the law against the use of the veil in public schools to workplaces, day care workers, etc. Even Muslim mothers using veils are forbidden from entering public schools where their children study. The time is right for an international conference in Paris, France to examine the problematic Islamophobic discourses in France and Western Europe and the curtailment of Muslim legal status as religious, ethnic and racial minorities. We are calling specialists, academics and activists to submit papers. Please send a title, a 300 word abstract and a short one paragraph biography by September 2nd, 2013, to

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The is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of California Berkeley that fosters explorations of race and gender and their intersections. Specifically, they facilitate  on-going research projects through hosting working groups and cutting edge projects, such as the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project. focuses on a systematic and empirical approach to the study of Islamophobia and its impact on the American Muslim community. Today, Muslims in the U.S., parts of Europe, and around the world have been transformed into a demonized and feared global "other," subjected to legal, social, and political discrimination. Even at the highest levels of political discourse, the 2008 U.S. Presidential elections, Islamophobia took center stage as a sizeable number of Americans expressed fear that Barack Obama, the first African American president, is somehow a closet Muslim. Newspaper articles, tv shows, books, popular movies, political debates, and cultural conflicts over immigration and security produce ample evidence of the stigmatization of Islam within dominant culture. The challenge for understanding the current cultural and political period centers on providing a more workable and encompassing definition for the Islamophobia phenomenon, a theoretical framework to anchor present and future research, and a centralized mechanism to document and analyze diverse data sets from around the U.S. and in comparison with other areas around the world. is the  Director of Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project and the annual Islamophobia conference. PROJECT GOALS The Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project has the following goals:

  1. Support graduate and undergraduate research and documentation focused on issues of Islamophobia through mentorship and intellectual exchange
  2. Establish an advisory group of a diverse community of faculty working on issues related to Islamophobia
  3. Provide seed funding for specific research projects on Islamophobia
  4. Publish an annual report documenting the status of Islamophobia within the United States
  5. Publish a bi-annual peer reviewed academic periodical focusing on emerging research on Islamophobia
  6. Host an annual conference to discuss and analyze research outcomes

The research agenda is centered on Muslims in the Diaspora and the intersection between two categories of inquiry: 1) race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, and religion, and 2) the global "war on terror," its impact on Muslim communities and American culture, and the use of the war to reintroduce long discredited Eurocentric paradigms.

CADIS Centre d'Analyse et d'Intervention Sociologiques will also be hosting the event. Established in 1981, the CADIS is a laboratory of sociology in diverse objects and embedded in its intellectual orientations and in the design of the research. At the time of its creation, three concerns, historical, theoretical and actual sociological, and methodological underlying the program launched by a small team of Alain Touraine, founder of the center, Dubet, Zsuzsa Hegedus and Wieviorka. Associated with the CNRS (UMR 8039) The center seeks to identify the theme of the crisis, and to wear a priority interest in the practices of social reconstruction or production company. Hence the interest in the topic of work, organized collective action, the ruling classes, cultural production and the concrete analysis of the experience of minority groups, exclusion, the ratio of actors media, schools, health problems or political representation. To do this, the approach is to put the "actors" to "systems".


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