International Islamophobia Studies Research Association
Islamophobia and Knowledge Production
Call for Papers
May 5-7, 2023
University of California, Berkeley
The International Islamophobia Studies Research Association supports the dissemination of academic research and publicly engaged scholarship on Islamophobia. The association accomplishes this mission through academic fora that facilitates the transnational, multidirectional flow of knowledge across academia, policy and government, media, and global civil society. By engaging in knowledge mobilization activities—such as networking, disseminating, exchanging and supporting research-based knowledge, IISRA will provide the hub for academic leadership in the field of Islamophobia Studies.
The annual conference is inviting academics, independent scholars and community based researchers to submit abstracts on any and all areas of research focusing on Islamophobia.
While research over the past few decades has highlighted the various ways discrimination, racism, and bigotry have become common occurrence in the lives of Muslims as a racialized and targeted group, the need for more systematic and persistent scholarship remains urgent. In the context of the intensified levels of violence and cases of genocide directed at Muslims and the demonization of Islam as a “non-Western” religion, the the International Islamophobia Studies Research Association’s (IISRA) vision is to form the global architecture for the field of Islamophobia Studies. In the Islamic tradition, the Arabic acronym for this academic association refers to a nocturnal journey leading to knowledge and spiritual insight known as ‘Isra.’ As an interdisciplinary scholarly network, IISRA draws on this meaning in the development of a ‘global caravan’ dedicated to mobilizing academic knowledge that documents and challenges Islamophobia on a planetary scale.
The second annual conference will be an important step toward actualizing IISRA’s mission to support the dissemination of academic research and publicly engaged scholarship on Islamophobia through academic fora that will facilitate the transnational, multidirectional flow of knowledge across academia, policy and government, media, and global civil society. By engaging in knowledge mobilization activities—such as networking, disseminating, exchanging, and supporting research-based knowledge, IISRA provides the hub for academic leadership in the field of Islamophobia Studies.
The call for papers is an open invitation for all the co-producers of knowledge, resistance, and decolonial framing of the world to gather and discuss how to bring about the future horizons to which we all aspire. We invite papers that cover any aspects of the challenge of Islamophobia in a variety of interdisciplinary and transnational contexts.
The conference seeks papers that examine how the Muslim subject is constructed in public discourses, the distinct periods (historical or contemporary), and the regional specificity of such framings. We encourage academics, research centers and organizations to submit fully developed panels that include a title for the panel, abstract for each paper and bio for the proposed participants.
Abstracts are limited to 300 words and a one paragraph (100 words) biography to be used for the program, if the paper is selected.
Submission Deadline: January 30, 2023
Response to Abstracts: February 15, 2023
Membership in the IISRA is a requirement for all accepted abstract as well as conference fees. You can also become a member, pay the conference fees and attend the conference without presenting a paper.
See membership information on the following link: https://iisrassociation.org
Hatem Bazian - President, USA
Salman Sayyid - Vice President, UK
Jasmin Zine - Vice President, Canada
Munir Jiwa- Secretary, USA
Saul Takahashi- Treasurer, Japan
Board Members at Large
Abdool Karim Vakil, UK
Amina Easaat-Das, UK
Rabab Abdul-Hadi, USA
Nadia Fadil, Belgium
Farid Hafez, Austria and USA
Elsadig Elsheikh, USA
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.