Geographies of Islamophobia and Political Mobilization against Islamophobia 2

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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Empire Room, Omni, West
Organizers: Anna Mansson McGinty, Kristin Sziarto
Chairs: Kristin Sziarto


This session aims to discuss geographies of Islamophobia, as well as various forms of political mobilization against Islamophobia in non-Muslim majority societies. Islamophobia is multifaceted and multi-scalar, taking different discursive, geopolitical, and embodied expressions. Thus, it is critical to understand how anti-Muslim discourses and sentiments connect to larger, complex fields of racism and xenophobia, as well as intersecting identities. With the election of Donald Trump in the United States and the Brexit vote in Britain in 2016, and more recently through the political success of the far-right political party, the “Sweden Democrats,” in the Swedish election, extreme views are gaining ground in mainstream parties, and parties with white nationalist ideology are moving from the margin to the center stage in political life. Further, for example in the context of the United States, reports have shown a significant increase in hate crimes and of hate groups against Muslims in the last few years. Nevertheless, Islamophobia does not exclusively define Muslims’ lives in non-Muslim majority societies. Further, in the face of these racist and anti-immigration movements, people have been mobilizing politically around civil rights, immigrant rights, and social and racial justice through coalitions and partnerships across religion, race, and ethnicity. We invite papers that address various kinds of anti-Muslim discourses and experiences of anti-Muslim assault, as well as activism against Islamophobia, to enable a larger discussion on how different scales, articulations, and workings of Islamophobia affect the political and social configuration of anti-Islamophobia and anti-racist work. We welcome both qualitative and quantitative work.

Possible perspectives / themes may include, but are not limited to:
- Anti-Muslim discourses and rhetoric
- Islamophobia and Media
- Islamophobia and intersectionality (religion, gender, sexuality, social status, race, ability)
- Embodied Islamophobia
- Spatiality of Islamophobia in public and private spheres
- Anti-Islamophobia and anti-racist organizing among Muslims and non-Muslims


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Lauren Fritzsche*, University of Arizona, Contesting Islamophobia in the wake of refugee resettlement 20 5:00 PM
Presenter Kevin Dunn*, Western Sydney University, Kathleen Blair, Western Sydney University, Rachel Sharples, Western Sydney University, Public responses to a bystander anti-Islamophobia campaign: impacts, challenges and lessons 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Amy Piedalue*, Australia India Institute, The Everyday Politics of Countering Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Bias in the U.S. and India 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Anna Mansson McGinty*, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Kristin Sziarto, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Parallel and Countervailing Processes of Islamophobia and Sense of Belonging: Muslim Geographies in Milwaukee, U.S 20 6:00 PM
Discussant Karen Culcasi West Virginia University 20 6:20 PM

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