Islamophobia and the End of Liberalism? 8th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

20 Apr 2017


There is a need for an approach to the study of Islamophobia which explores the way in which it is being institutionalized by policies that promote and police a conception of Western societies that appears to be becoming increasingly exclusive and exclusionary. This conference provides an inter-disciplinary platform to reflect and respond to the crisis of post-Cold war liberal order by exploring the relationship between Islamophobia and the reshaping of Western societies.

The conference addresses questions of the relationship between liberalism (and neo-liberalism) and Islamophobia. We particularly welcome presentations that respond to the following themes:

What is the relation between the discourse of ‘take our country back’ and the post-Cold war liberal political order?
What intellectual and political resources and possibilities now exist for imagining the West in contravention of Islamophobia?
Is the presence of the non-white, culturally unassimilable, rights bearing subject a political problem for western liberalism?
What is the relationship between neo-liberal economic policies and rise of Islamophobia?

Event Date: 
Friday, April 21, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, April 23, 2017 (All day)
Boalt Hall, Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley