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Upcoming symposium on Islamophobia

19 June, 2009

While I am in announcement mode, here are the details of an upcoming symposium that may be of interest to some CM readers.

SYMPOSIUM:    Sunday 19th of July

CONFERENCE:   Mon-Tue 20-21 July

Under the broad theme of ?Challenging Islamophobia: towards social
justice & inclusion?, National Social Cohesion Conference will explore
the following themes in six plenary sessions.

Muslim experiences, settling in Australia

Media and its Role in Public Hysteria

On the Borderline of Vilification and Freedom of Speech

Politics of Diversity and the Politics of Marginalisation

Muslim Women: Narrated experiences from the margins

Anti-racism: Learning from the past, new strategies

Attached are full conference details and registration form. Please
email filled registration form to, alternatively
you can register online at

For any other enquiries please email

We look forward to your attendance and participation in discussions.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 22 June, 2009 5:15 am

    I am urging women to wear green bracelets in solidarity with our Iran sisters – will you do it ? And tell others? Or do you think the people dying in the streets of Iran are Islamaphobes. This crap is not cutting edge — the people fighting Islam are fighting for freedom. If you love Islam go to Mecca and live under it. Then you can sopeak with authority as to why free people should tolerate it.

  2. 23 June, 2009 10:30 am

    Green, thanks for providing an example of the sort of thing this symposium will no doubt deal with: the conflation of unrelated issues in order to create the bogeyman of an undifferentiated and monolithic Islam.

    There is no contradiction between having a concern about prejudice against Muslims in Australia and supporting democracy in Iran.

    The fight for democracy in Iran is not a fight against Islam but a fight against a particular theocratic government. Presumably the majority of people demonstrating in the streets are themselves Muslims, so it’s hard to see how they could be fighting against Islam. No doubt, as Muslims themselves they would likely be supportive of open and democratic enquiry into the roots of prejudice against Muslim people.

  3. 23 June, 2009 1:09 pm

    Another male who does not see women as human beings. Let the dead women of Iran, not just those who have been shot but the stoned and hanged and honor killed come into your dreams and teach you about religions that seek control by force.

  4. 23 June, 2009 1:35 pm

    I don’t remember mentioning women at all so I’m not sure how you presume to divine my opinions on them. I If you’d like to have a conversation with me I suggest you address my arguments. Otherwise there’s not much to talk about.

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