The Road Travelled 

Center for Race and Gender’s Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project

University of California, Berkeley


Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies

University of Leeds, UK 


Islamophobia Studies Journal




Call for Papers to the 9th Annual International Islamophobia Conference


Conference Dates: April 27-29, 2018

Location: UC Berkeley


Submit abstract online

The theme for the ninth annual International Islamophobia Conference is framed by a critical article written by Professor S. Sayyid and Abdoolkarim Vakil ( on the occasion of Runnymede Trust publishing, “Islamophobia: Still a Challenge for us all”.  We included the full article below to contextualize the ninth annual conference call for papers, which seeks to examine five areas framed by the authors and abstracts should engage one or more of these strands.  The conference welcomes panels organized around one of the themes or a panel that have distinct papers each covering one of the themes.

1.    What’s In A Name

2.     Islamophobia and Racism

3.     The Globalization of Islamophobia

 4.     The Muslim Ghost in the Machine

5.    Are We There Yet?

6.    Note:  Abstracts are limited to 300 words and a one paragraph (100 words) biography to be used for the program, if the paper is selected.

 7.    Abstracts are due by Jan. 30th, 2018

 8.    Response to abstracts by Feb. 15th, 2018

9.    Final Invite by March 1st, 2018


“Reports of Islamophobia: 1997 & 2017”

by S. Sayyid S. & Abdoolkarim Vakil

The Road Travelled

Earlier this month the Runnymede Trust launched a new report, “Islamophobia: Still a challenge for us all”, to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the landmark 1997 report, “Islamophobia; A challenge for us all”. The significance of the original Report is hard to under-estimate. While it is the case that it did not coin the term Islamophobia, it certainly gave it legs. And while it is also true that the report did not end Islamophobia, it did indict it.

The 1997 report was the first comprehensive combined survey and policy intervention on an increasingly prominent phenomenon and against the context of heightened global problematisation of Muslims as Muslims. This is worth remembering for two reasons. Firstly, whatever its final form as a document, the consultative nature of the work which fed into its pages generated a momentum and a sense of stake-holding important to its reception and impact. Whether adopted as leverage or contested in whole or in part, the report and the momentum of its discussion produced Muslim agency over Muslim agendas. The publication of the report propelled Islamophobia into public consciousness. It shaped the national and global conversation, even if much of that conversation was only to contest the vocabulary that the report sought to establish. Second, because it is worth being reminded that already in 1997 the report was a response to diverse interrelated historical shifts, both local and transnational: the post third worldist and post-67 global resurgence of Muslims signified by the Revolt of Islam; the increasing debasement of the grand narratives of modernisation come-secularisation in the social sciences; cumulative postcolonial and post-cold war challenges to the Eurocentric world order; the identification and ascriptive reclassification of ethnically marked and immigrant populations as Muslim, and concomitant mobilisations over the way in which existing race-relations based anti-discrimination legislation afforded them only uneven and inadequate protection, recourse, and redress as Muslims. This isn’t just about recasting a twenty year view into a longer genealogy. Against presentist fixation on framing the Muslim Question in the horizon of 9/11, it bears remembering that the report was published four years before George W. Bush declared the ‘war on terror’, and that in some ways this never-ending war was as much a reflection of Islamophobia as it was its intensification.

Due to word limits on the submittable site, read the full article on the following link:



Towards A Decolonial History of the South: Beyond Utopianism and Orientalism


            Center of Study and Investigation for Decolonial Dialogues

Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, University of Leeds, UK

Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, University of California, Berkeley




Islamophobia Studies Journal


Call for Papers to 1st Critical Muslim Studies Conference


Conference Dates: June 23-24 , 2018

                                                     Location: Granada, Spain      

The Granada Critical Muslim Studies Summer school has been at the forefront of intellectual engagements between decolonial approaches and the analysis of Muslims, Islam and the Islamicate.  It has been part of a broader intellectual project which is represented by two academic journals (Islamophobia Studies and ReOrient), a book series (Decolonial Horizons) and websites. The proliferation of these platforms opens the possibility of moving from epistemic critique towards the production of knowledge in a post-Western key.   The task of critique of pointing out the inadequacies of current approaches to situating the Muslim experience and the experience of the global South must be reinforced by the articulation of an alternative. 

The challenges to envisioning such an alternative come from two sources.  Firstly, the continuation of old Orientalist framework enhanced by a decade and more of the infrastructure of the war on terror has institutionalised Islamophobia including in the academy.  Secondly, the hegemony of neo-liberalism has strengthened liberalism in its flight from the political, as a consequence, the attempt to produce alternative frames are undermined by a refusal to comprehend the constitutive role of the exercise of power.   Thus, the liberation becomes and becomes a little endorsement of an underlying and hegemonic liberalism creating a nihilism that suspends any possibility of transforming the world as it is.

Proposals should explore themes that touch on one or more of the following:

1.     Thinking through and inclusion of diversity of epistemologies that centers the Global South.

2.     Seminal political, social, economic, religious and literary texts from the Global South so as to expand the basis of theorization for future possibilities. 

3.     Re-conceptualization of decolonial time and history and the demarcation of decolonial time.

4.     A decolonial economic theorization rooted in cooperative, transformative and co-dependent modalities that are sustainable and fair across the globe.

5.     Art, culture and modes of artistic expression that challenges commodification and uplift the human condition while being organically connected to history and society.

The Granada Summer School in cooperation with [UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department, CERS, Iqbal Centre, and IRDP] invites papers across existing disciplinary boundaries to contribute towards a prolegomenon to decolonial world history.  We welcome papers that do more than just critique and help flesh what an alternative to the Eurocentric production of knowledge.

Paper proposals should consist of a paper title and 300-word abstract and a one paragraph bio for the program if the paper is accepted.  Please send these to the attention of Professors Ramon Grosfoguel, Salman Sayyid and Hatem Bazian