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.


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?

  • When11 Oct 2018
  • Where Old Building, ground level, Glass Courtyard
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
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