Virtual Internment Islamophobia, Social Technologies of Surveillance & Unequal Citizenship

10th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

April 15th – 21, 2019 Berkeley Law School, UC Berkeley

Presented By:
  • Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, University of California, Berkeley
  • Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies
  • University of Leeds, UK
  • Islamophobia Studies Journal
  • ReOrient
  • GTU’s Center for Islamic Studies
  • Haas Institute for Fair and Inclusive Society

Weekday Schedule

Monday, April 15th, 5:00 – 6:30 PM | 1 Hearst Annex Building, UC Berkeley

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“A Decade On: Revisiting the Five ‘Media Pillars’ of Islam”

Munir Jiwa

Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

Tuesday, April 16th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM | 140 Berkeley Law School

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“Virtual Internment Islamophobia”

Hatem Bazian

University of California, Berkeley

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“Epistemic Surveillance & Academic Walls”

Ramon Grosfoguel

University of California, Berkeley

Wednesday, April 17th, 5:00 – 6:30 PM 1 Hearst Annex Building, UC Berkeley

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“Torture, Terror and Truth”

Mattias Gardell

Uppsala University, Sweden

Thursday, April 18th, 5:00 – 6:30 PM Ethnic Studies Library, UC Berkeley

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“Leading While Muslim: The Experiences of American Muslim Principals after 9/11”

Debbie Almontaser

CEO, Bridging Cultures Group Inc.

Thursday, April 18th, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | 140 Berkeley Law

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“Islamophobia & Security Industrial Complex”

Jasmin Zine

Wilfrid Laurier University

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“The Geopolitics of Islamophobia”

Salman Sayyid

University of Leeds

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

April 19th – 21st, 5:00 – 6:30 PM Berkeley Law School, UC Berkeley

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About the Annual Islamophobia Conference

The 10th Annual International Islamophobia Conference is returning to a theme of an article written by Dr. Hatem Bazian and published by the Journal of Islamic Law & Culture in 2004, Virtual Internment: Arabs, Muslims, Asians and the War on Terrorism, but making a slight modification to focus on the political elites utilization of enhancing fear strategies and the consequences of the phenomenon. Dr. Bazian defines Virtual Internment as a quasi-visible repressive, intimidating, and confining structure employed by the US government, and its allies, the domestic and foreign, on a global scale against individuals, communities and organizations deemed unsupportive, and possibly hostile, in their worldview toward America’s elite self-defined “global” interests.

Conference Schedule

 Friday, April 19, 2019, Booth Auditorium, Berkeley Law

8:30 am – 8:45 am | City of Berkeley Proclamation, Presented by Councilwoman Cheryl Davila

8:45 – 9: 00 AM | Hatem Bazian, Director, IRDP, UC Berkeley

Panel 1  | 9:00am – 10:30am    

Title: Islamophobia Through History, Counterinsurgency, and Façade of National Security

Chair: Munir Jiwa, Founding Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA

Nader Salass, Columbia University, New York, USA

“Pathogenic Invisibility: A Historical Pattern of Unequal Protection in African American and Muslim Discriminatory Surveillance Cases Against the NYPD.”

Ibrahim Bechrouri, French Institute of Geopolitics, Paris 8 University and Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, Paris, France

“Islamophobia and the Virtual Counterinsurgency at Home.”

Elsadig Elsheikh, Director of the Global Justice Program, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Berkeley, USA

Basima Sisemore, Global Justice Program, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Berkeley, USA

“The Facade of National Security: Islamophobia and Xenophobia in the United States.”

Panel 2 | 10:45am – 12:15pm

Title: Big Brother, Muslim Existential Threat, Fear, and Surveillance

Chair: Victoria E. Robinson, Director of American Cultures Program and Comparative Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Azeezah Kanji, Legal Academic and writer, Toronto, Canada

“Wanted: Big Brother’s Little Sisters – The Female Gaze in the National Security Panopticon.”

Reem Bahdi, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Ayesha Mian Akram, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

“Virtual Internment and The Muslim Existential Threat in Canada.”

Steven Fink, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA

“Fear and Surveillance: Fox News and Fox Reality Crime Shows’ Contribution to the Virtual Internment of Muslims in America.”

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm Lunch Break and Friday Prayers Break

Friday prayers, Juma’ is held on campus at 1:15 PM at Hearst Gymnasium, a short walking distance from Berkeley School of Law and volunteers can provide direction.

Panel 3 | 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Title: The Muslim Ban, Building Walls and Shaping Public Opinion

Chair: Norah Arafeh, Berkeley Law School, Berkeley, USA

Zainab Ramahi, Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley, USA

“The Muslim Ban Cases: A lost opportunity for the Court and a lesson for the future.”

Abbas Barzegar, National Director of Research and Advocacy, CAIR National, D.C., USA

Zainab Arain is the Research and Advocacy Manager at CAIR, D.C., USA

“The Anti-Muslim Mainstream: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network.” 

Seyda Karaoglu, George Washington University, Virginia, USA

“The Role of Public Opinion and Media on the European Union’s Policy Toward the Refugee Crisis.”

Panel 4 | 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Title: The Epistemic of Institutionalized Islamophobia

Chair: Marianne Farina, CSC, Dominican School of Philosophy and the Theology

Nawroos Shibli, Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Arab Institute and Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), University of Waterloo, Canada

“Institutionalizing Is[law]mophobia: Freedom of Religion, Minority Rights Regimes and the European Court of Human Rights.”

Robert K. Beshara, Integrated Studies, Northern New Mexico College, New Mexico

“The Epistemic and Ontic Resistance of US Muslims to Islamophobia/Islamophilia.”

Ali Çaksu, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

“Islamophobia, The Chinese Style: Internment Camps for Uyghur Muslims.”

5:30pm – 7:00pm | ASWAT Ensemble

Countering Islamophobia Through Cultural Performance and the Arts

Lower Sproul Plaza

Saturday, April 20, 2019, Booth Auditorium

Panel 5 | 9:00am – 10:30am

Title: Racialized Emotions, Religious Identity and Muslims as Outlaws

Chair: Kristin George, Sociology Department, UC Berkeley.

Arij Elmi, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Ontario, Canada

Nadiya Ali, York University, Canada

Dahab Ibrahim, Ryerson University, Canada

“Islamophobia as an Affective Field: Racialized Emotions, Surfaces and Boundaries.”

Marwa Abdalla, School of Communication, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

“The Negotiation and Communication of Religious Identity Among Muslim Minority Populations: A Theoretical Model.”

Cyrus McGoldrick, Alliance of Civilizations Institute, Ibn Khaldun University, Istanbul, Turkey

“The Sacred Man: Muslims as Outlaws in the American Political Imagination.”

Panel 6 | 10:45am – 12:15pm

Title: Islamophobia, Comparative Geographies, and Reform Discourses

Chair: Khalid Kadir, International & Area Studies, UC Berkeley

Randa Abdel-Fattah, Macquarie University Sydney, Australia

“Islamophobia and Racial Australianization.”

Rhonda Itaoui, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia

“Gendered Geographies of Islamophobia in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

Bilal Nasir, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

“Policing Becoming: Moral Conversion, Racialization, and Liberal Reform in Los Angeles.”

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch Break

Panel 7| 1:45pm – 3:15pm

Title: Hindutva, Geopolitics of Moderate Islam and Muslims in the Indian Press

Chair: May Kosba, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA

Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman, Malaysia Program, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

“Islamophobia and the Glocalisation of Hindutva in Bali.”

Prashant Waikar, Malaysia Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

“The Geopolitics of Moderate Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia.”

Azhar Ul Hassan Sumra, Islamic University Islamabad. Currently, and Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore

“Muslims and Islam in Indian English Press: Exploring the Islamophobia Discourse.”

Panel 8 | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Title:  Islamophobia Industry Muslims Versus Muslims Lived Experiences

Chair: Somayeh Nikooei, Director, Our Three Winners Foundation

Richard Silverstein, Independent Journalist and Contributor to Tikun Olam, Seattle, USA

“Israel: Exporting the Surveillance State.”

Paula Thompson, IRDP and Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA

“Getting Played: Gamification, Islamophobia and the Video Game Industry.”

Omar Salha, SOAS, University of London, London, UK

“Islamic Public Diplomacy and the ‘Otherisation’ of Muslims in Popular Culture”

Sunday, April 21, 2019, Booth Auditorium

Panel 9 | 9:15am – 10:45am

Title:  From the Cold War to the Coldness of Institutionalized Islamophobia

Chair: Hatem Bazian, IRDP, Berkeley, USA

Sofia A. Ragozina, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

“Afghan War, Cold War and Collapse of USSR: Roots of Islamophobia in Russian Public Discourse.”

Baptiste  Brodard, Swiss  Centre  for  Islam  and  Society, University  of  Fribourg,  Switzerland. 

“Institutional Islamophobia in Switzerland: From Statutory Agencies’ Observations to a Personal Case of “Virtual Internment.”

Moazzam Begg, Outreach Director for CAGE, London, UK

“Torturing Islam: A Modern American Affair.”

Panel 10 | 11:00am – 12:30pm

Title: France’s Islamophobia: From the Colonial Past to the Liberal Present

Chair: Munir Jiwa, Director, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA

Hamza Esmili, EHESS/ENS, Paris, France and Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley

“Fighting Against “Radicalization”, Establishing Sovereignty.”

Flora Hergon, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, France

“House Searches and State of Emergency in France (2015-2017): (Post)colonial Counter-Terrorism and Security Islamophobia.”

Amir Mohamed Aziz, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

“French Islamophobia: No-Go Zones, Sexuality Politics, and the Figure of the Terrorist Indigène.”

12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch Break

Panel 11 | 2:15pm – 4:00pm

Title: Islamophobia, Education and Community Diversity

Chair: Hassina Alizai, Queen University, Ontario, Canada

“Impact of Islamophobia on Post-Secondary Muslim Students Attending Ontario Universities.”

David Coolidge, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA

“American Muslims, Human Diversity, and “The Labor of Thought.””

Muhammad Taimoor Bin Tanveer, Sabahittin Zaim University, Istanbul, Turkey

“Emergence of Islamophobia Bourgeoisie in Pakistan-A State Owned Policy of Virtual Internment.”

Yasmeen Azam, California State University, Long Beach, USA “China’s War of Terror: How Islamophobic Discourse Fuels Occupation.”

Panel 12 | 4:15pm – 5:30pm

Title: Islamophobia, Academic Freedom and Censoring Palestine on Campus Chair Hatem Bazian, IRDP, Berkeley, USA

Lisa Rofel, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA “The New McCarthyism: The Palestine Exception to Free Speech.”

Saleem Shehadeh, University of California, Los Angeles, USA “Whose Academic Freedom: SFSU, AMED, Lawfare and Islamophobia on Campus.”

May Kosba, Center for Islamic Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA “White by Law, Black by Choice: White Debt and the De-centering of Blackness in the Afro-Arab-American Context.”

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