Counter-Islamophobia Kit Symposium – Countering Islamophobia: Looking Ahead

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Counter-Islamophobia Kit Project: Countering Islamophobia through the Use of Best Practice in Counter-Narratives in EU Member States

Counter-Islamophobia Kit Symposium

Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, School of Sociology and Social Policy – University of Leeds

27th November 2018


The Counter-Islamophobia Kit project is a two-year research project led by the University of Leeds and funded by the EU Rights, Equality and Citizenship program (JUSTJUST/2015/RRAC/AG/BEST/8910). The work documents and critically analyses dominant Islamophobic narratives, and related best practices employed in eight EU member states (Belgium, the UK, France, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Portugal, and the Czech Republic) in order to produce the Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit. This Toolkit identifies and postulates narratives, arguments, strategies and actions that will be able to directly counter Islamophobia and set guidelines on best practice aimed at countering Islamophobia.

The Counter-Islamophobia Kit Symposium, hosted by the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies, within the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds brings together leading experts in Islamophobia studies, policy makers, legal experts, media professionals, artists and expert researchers from the eight cases studied within the remit of this project. The event promises to provide space for stimulating discussion related to the Counter-Islamophobia Kit project, its findings and the toolkit, along with discussion related to continued countering of Islamophobia.

Participation is free of charge. To confirm attendance please contact Dr Amina Easat-Daas (




09:00 – 09:30 Registration and Tea/Coffee
09.30 – 10.00 Welcome and Overview of the CIK Project and Toolkit

Prof. Ian Law, Prof. S. Sayyid and Dr Amina Easat-Daas

10.00 – 11.30 Panel 1: Politics of Islamophobia

Dr James Carr, Dr Abdoolkarim Vakil, Dr Katy Sian, Dr Ajmal Hussain

11.30 – 13.00 Panel 2: Countering Islamophobia (Czech Republic, Hungary & Portugal and Online)

Discussant: Prof. Ivan Kalmar

Panelists: Dr Karel Čada, Dr Zsuzsanna Vidra, Dr Max Ruben Ramos and Dr Silvia Rodríguez Maeso & Dr Irene Zempi)

13.00 – 14.15 Lunch
14.15 – 15.45 Panel 3: Countering Islamophobia (Belgium, Germany, UK and through Human Rights Law)

Discussant: Dr Waqas Tufail

Panelists: Dr Elsa Mescoli, Dr Luis Hernández Aguilar, Arzu Merali and Dr Ilias Trispiotis

15.45 – 16.00 Tea/Coffee
16.00 – 17.30 Roundtable (w/Introductory remarks from Prof. S Sayyid)

Panelists: Dr Ajmal Hussain, Dr Waqas Tufail, Dr James Carr, Prof Ivan Kalmar, Dr Katy Sian, Dr Irene Zempi and Prof Alison Scott-Baumann