Islamophobia Conference 2017

Islamophobia Conference 2017
Fri 8 Dec 2017 6:00pm to 9:45pm
Augustine United Church41-43 George IV BridgeEdinburgh EH6 4BY

Doors open 5.30pm for a prompt 6.00pm start (late arrivals welcome)

The theme for this year's Islamophobia Conference is "Islamophobia in Education".

Anti-Muslim racism is commonplace and growing. It is reflected in hate crime, unlawful discrimination, discriminatory and hostile social attitudes and institutional racism. Schools, colleges and universities are not immune to this trend. A recent survey by Samena Dean found that more than half of Muslim school students interviewed in Edinburgh had experienced Islamophobia.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSES. Please register at the door (free) 

Islamophobia has assisted and driven the growth of other forms of xenophobia that are now being felt across the UK by EU citizens threatened by Brexit. It has paved Donald Trump’s path to the White House. Across Europe it is fuelling the growth of far-right parties that, once empowered, threaten Jews, LGBT people and disabled people.

Our educational institutions are uniquely well-placed to shape social attitudes and community relations in tomorrow’s Scotland. It is an opportunity we cannot afford to miss.

If you care about education, whether as an educator, a student or a member of the wider community, please come along to the conference. It's a chance to learn about the experiences of others and discuss the way forward.


5.30pm - 6.00pm: Registration/welcome

6-7pm: Workshops
Two simultaneous workshops on "Radicalising anti-racism" - round-table discussions on how to move towards radically anti-racist education
Workshop A facilitated by Pete Cannell (Edinburgh Stop The War Coalition)
Workshop B facilitated by Arzu Merali (IHRC)

7.00-7.20pm break for food.

7.20-8.30pm: Plenary I. "What is Islamophobia?" Speakers: Tasneem Ali (MWAE), Nasim Azad (Council of British Pakistanis (Scotland)) and Yahya Barry. Chaired by Pat Smith

8.40-9.45pm: Plenary II. "Decolonising Education". Speakers: Arzu Merali (co-founder and head of research, IHRC), Sofiah MacLeod (Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign). Chaired by Habiba Islam

(The programme above was updated on 6 December and replaces the programme printed on the flyers and elsewhere)

Admission is free. Donations are welcome.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSES. Please register at the door (free) 

Download the flyer (pdf)

The conference is organised jointly by SACC, the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and the Muslim Women's Association of Edinburgh (MWAE). It is supported by Stand Up to Racism Scotland, Unite Against Fascism Edinburgh, Edinburgh Stop The War Coalition and the Afghan Human Rights Foundation.

It is a companion event to the Islamophobia Conference organised by IHRC in London on Sunday 10 December, focused on the rise of Nativism.

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