The long awaited and fully sold out conference on "Understanding and Responding to Islamophobia in Ireland" organised by Enar Ireland and took place on 21st January 2016. Members of the MPEB were fortunate to be amongst a varied audience, many of whom managed to get only a standing place.
This full day conference aimed at strengthening understandings of Islamophobia, anti-Muslim racism in Ireland and identifying community-based responses for practitioners and communities, with particular emphasis on education, media and community groups.
In bringing together community workers, youth workers, educators, teachers with people who experience Islamophobia it, tackled the issues and attempted to identify practical steps and practices that can be implemented.
Guest speakers included Mr. Arun Kundnani (New York University & Institute of Race Relations) who gave a keynote address, Dr. James Carr (University of Limerick), Dr. Lucy Michael (Ulster University & Enar Ireland), Dr Michael Privot (Islamologist and Director of European Network Against Racism) as well as Muslim Youth activists Iesha & Amina Moustafa, Ryma Halfaoui, & Raneem Saleh who gave their personal account of living in Ireland, Islamophobia and as well as that, they all narrated their poems and spoken pieces.
The conference was undoubtedly a great success with many highlights of which Mr. Arun's and Dr. Carr's speeches together with the experiences of the Muslim activists, in particular, their spoken pieces have seemed to be the most popular with the audience.
Dear Muslim Children...
Mr. Arun Kundnani - New York University & Institute of Race Relations
Kundnani writes about race, Islamophobia, political violence, and surveillance. Author of “The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror”, Kundnani will present global perspectives on “War on Terror” rhetoric, radicalisation and rising suspicion and surveillance of Muslim communities.
Dr. James Carr - University of Limerick
Author of the recently published ‘Experiences of Islamophobia: Living with Racism in the Neoliberal Era”. Dr Carr’sresearch place him as one of Ireland foremost academic experts on Anti-Muslim Racism in Ireland. Dr Carr is in the process of completing a follow up piece of research with the Immigrant Council of Ireland and will speak and will speak about Understanding Anti-Muslim racism in an Irish context.
Dr Michael Privot - Islamologist and Director of European Network Against Racism
Dr.Privot is an international expert on radicalisation processes within Muslim communities. He has more than a decade of experience in community building of Muslim communities in Belgium and Europe. He has authored a number of academic publications, published op-ed articles and appears regularly on a variety of media. He will speak on the topic of ‘European perspectives on Islamophobia’.
Dr. Lucy Michael – Ulster University & Enar Ireland
Lecturer in Sociology in Ulster University, with research expertise in race and ethnicity, minority experiences of crime and victimisation, and leadership around equality issues. She will be presenting ENAR Ireland Data and analysis on anti-Muslim racism.
Posted by: Fardus Sultan, 25 January 2016