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Programme - Islamophobia Scottish Conference 2019

More about the conference (and how to register) at SACC/IHRC Islamophobia Scottish Conference 2019.

The conference is being held in the Renfield Centre (Blythswood Hall and Garnethill room).

This year's theme is "Islamophobia and Shrinking Civil Society Space".

10.30 - 11.00: registration. Refreshments provided.

Please help us to get everyone registered smoothly by registering online (you can also register at the door).

11-12.15:  Workshops - Blythswood Hall and Garnethill.

"Round table" discussions on Islamophobia and Shrinking Civil Society Space, open to all registered conference participants and speakers.

12.15-13.15: Lunch break. Meals and snacks available for purchase in the Renfield Centre's Oasis Cafe. Space for prayers in the Garnethill room.

13.15-14.45 Plenary 1: Palestine and other taboos - Blythswood Hall.

Speakers: Ibtihal Ramadan (researcher at the University of Edinburgh and former tertiary teacher in the Palestinian occupied territories), Mick Napier (Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign), Nargess Moballeghi (journalist), Omar Afzal (Muslim Council of Scotland). Chaired by Richard Haley (SACC).

How Islamophobia, accusations of extremism and accusations of bad faith (including anti-semitism) limit discussion of Palestine and other issues.

14.45- 15.00: Break. Refreshments provided. Space for prayers in the Garnethill room.

15.00-17.00: Plenary 2: Our Movement or theirs? - Blythswood Hall.

Speakers: Ahmed Uddin (Islamic Human Rights Commission), Malia Bouattia (former NUS President), Moazzam Begg (Cage), Tasneem Ali (Muslim Women's Association of Edinburgh). Chaired by Richard Haley (SACC).

How counter-extremism policies and state racism and Islamophobia shape the way we organise and our access to decision-making bodies and the rest of civil society.

17.00-17.15: Break. Refreshments provided.

17.15-18.15: Concluding Discussion - building the movement - Garnethill room.

An informal chance to reflect on the conference and discuss ways forward. It's been a long day, so this will be a relaxed session.