11-12 October 2018

The establishment of the German right-wing party AfD (Alternative for Germany) as a parliamentary party in Germany marks a turning point in German post-war history. Similar to its European neighbors Germany is equally registering a harsh tone in debates on national security surrounding asylum and migration policies. Demands of border control, the (re-) installment of a refugee quota and deportations are all part of a rhetoric highlighting the fear of a “clash of civilizations” as well as an “Islamization” of Europe. Discourses on the “infiltration” and the alienation of Europe’s citizens fall on fertile ground. Muslims and those labelled as Muslims particularly experience institutional and structural segregation through everyday hostility. Studies on islamophobia, anti-Muslim racism have not yet fully started with incorporating experiences of discrimination, practices of quotidian resistance, counter-narratives and – movements.

The conference Living with Islamophobia puts an emphasis on the perspective of those affected by it and their way of dealing with Islamophobia and anti-Mulism racism. This two-day conference on the 11th and 12th October will therefore particularly focus on transnational perspectives and bringing an international scientific state of the art together. It will look at Processes of racialization along the categories of culture and religion, at themes of securitization as well as the role of sexuality and gender. At the same it looks at counter strategies and strategies of empowerment. While this conference is open to all, it particularly invites an expert audience in order to trigger an interdisciplinary and transnational exchange.

 

Please note that the second day of the conference (12 October) is already fully booked. Deadline for registration: 30 September.