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Living with Islamo­phobia

International Conference (video recording available, in English and German)

The W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Alice Salomon University Berlin, in cooperation with the Council on Migration and the University of Salzburg, organized the two-day international conference Living with Islamophobia in Berlin.

recording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

The establishment of the German right-wing party AfD (Alternative for Germany) as a parliamentary party in Germany marks a turning point in German post-war history. Similar to its European neighbors Germany is equally registering a harsh tone in debates on national security surrounding asylum and migration policies. Demands of border control, the (re-) installment of a refugee quota and deportations are all part of a rhetoric highlighting the fear of a “clash of civilizations” as well as an “Islamization” of Europe. Discourses on the “infiltration” and the alienation of Europe’s citizens fall on fertile ground. Muslims and those labelled as Muslims particularly experience institutional and structural segregation through everyday hostility. Studies on islamophobia, anti-Muslim racism have not yet fully started with incorporating experiences of discrimination, practices of quotidian resistance, counter-narratives and – movements.

The conference Living with Islamophobia put an emphasis on the perspective of those affected by it and their way of dealing with Islamophobia and anti-Mulism racism. This two-day conference therefore particularly focussed on transnational perspectives and bringing an international scientific state of the art together. It looked at processes of racialization along the categories of culture and religion, at themes of securitization as well as the role of sexuality and gender. At the same it looked at counter strategies and strategies of empowerment. While this conference was open to all, it particularly invited an expert audience in order to trigger an interdisciplinary and transnational exchange.

Living with Islamophobia


Thu, 11 Oct 2018

6 pm


Signe Rossbach
Jewish Museum Berlin
Werner Schiffauer
Rat für Migration (Council for Migration), Berlin
Iman Attia
Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin

6.15 pm


Meyda Yeğenoğlu
Tampere University, Finland, Duke University, USA

7 pm

Panel Discussion: Living with Islamophobia – International Perspectives and Counter Strategies

Nina Mühe
CLAIM – Allianz gegen Islam- und Muslimfeindlichkeit (Alliance against Islamophobia and Muslimphobia)
Fiyaz Mughal
Founder and Director Faith Matters and TELL MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), UK
Shaireen Rasheed
Long Island University, USA
Riem Spielhaus
University of Göttingen

8.30 pm


Fri, 12 Oct 2018

9 am


Léontine Meijer-van Mensch
Program Director, Jewish Museum Berlin
Naika Foroutan
Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research, Humboldt University Berlin
Iman Attia
Alice Salomon University, Berlin

9.15 am

Processes of Racialization

Jen’ nan G. Read
Duke University, USA
Junaid Rana
University of Illinois, USA
Nasar Meer
University of Edinburgh, UK
Léontine Meijer-van Mensch, Hafssa El-Bouhamouchi
Jewish Museum Berlin

11.15 am Coffee break
11.30 am

Securitization and Sexualisation

Moustafa Bayoumi
City University of New York, USA
Uzma Jamil
McGill University, Canada
Jasmin Zine
Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Ozan Zakariya Keskinkiliç
Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin
Saboura Manpreet Naqshband
Co-Founder Berlin Muslim Feminists

1.30 pm Lunch
2.30 pm

Counter Strategies and Empowerment

James Carr
University of Limerick, Ireland
Deepa Kumar
Rutgers University, USA
Salman Sayyid
University of Leeds, UK
Kübra Gümüşay

4.30 pm Coffee break
5 pm

German Perspectives

German with simultaneous translation in English

Iman Attia
Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin
Naika Foroutan
Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research, Humboldt University Berlin
Yasemin Karakasoglu
Bremen University
Farid Hafez
University of Salzburg, Austria

Where, when, what?

  • When 11 Oct 2018
  • Where Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard

    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

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