Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Australasian Conference on Islam 2015

Second Australasian Conference on Islam

Radicalisation and Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships and Implications in Religiously Diverse Societies 23 - 24 November 2015

Call for Abstracts

Submission Date: 30 March 2015

Organising chairperson: Dr Derya Iner diner@csu.edu.au and A/Prof. Mehmet Ozalp mozalp@csu.edu.au

Venue: Novotel Hotel, 350 Church St, Parramatta, NSW, 2150, Australia

Background

While the themes of radicalisation and Islamophobia have been broadly addressed, to date there has been little or no investigation into the relationship between the two. Is radicalisation a response to Islamophobia? Or is Islamophobia a peripheral issue in light of the serious threat posed by radicalisation? Despite seeming to be independent from one another, there is a counter-intuitive link between radicalisation and Islamophobia as each serves to perpetuate its own radical narrative and generalisations. While radicalisation of Muslims causes fear and anxiety in the broader society, Islamophobia can be a source of excessive legal measures, discrimination of Muslims and vilification of Islam. Such Islamophobia feeding attempts are used by radical ideologues to justify their extreme narrative and recruit power which in turn increases Islamophobia.

This conference aims to explore how radicalisation and Islamophobia feed one another and work hand in hand to pull society towards polar extremes. By tackling these issues from political, sociological, psychological and theological angles, this conference aims to explore the root causes of radicalisation and in particular the significant impact of Islamophobia to that process.

2nd Australasian Conference on Islam invites abstracts for original and critical research papers addressing the theme Radicalisation and Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships and Implications in Religiously Diverse Societies.

Topics of interest for abstract submission include, but are not limited to:

  • Relationship between radicalisation and Islamophobia
  • Impact of radicalisation and Islamophobia on religiously diverse societies`
  • Exploring and contesting the legitimacy of the theological roots of radicalisation and Islamophobia
  • Social roots of youth radicalisation in Western societies
  • Roots of Islamophobia and its link to religious radicalisation within other religious communities
  • Impact of social media on extremism, radicalisation and Islamophobia
  • Alternative discourses/initiatives/movements to extremism, radicalisation and Islamophobia
  • Case studies from countries, social groups and faith based movements as alternatives to radicalisation and Islamophobia
  • Effects of Islamophobia on Muslims living in the West
  • The empirical evaluation of counter-terrorism policy, counter-radicalisation and de-radicalisation through theoretical and practical cases
  • Gender dimensions of radicalisation and Islamophobia
  • The cultural construction and consumption of the radical and Islamophobic discourse
  • Strategies and attempts to resist 'radicalisation', 'de-radicalisation' and 'counter-radicalisation' and the surrounding discourses
  • Strategies and attempts to resist Islamophobia and incompatibility theories
  • Rigorous evaluations of the local contexts fuelling radicalisation and Islamophobia
Organised By:
  • ISRA Australia, Islamic Sciences & Research Academy of Australia
  • Charles Sturt University, Centre for Islamic Studies & Civilisation
in partnership with
  • The University of Western Sydney, School of Social Sciences and Psychology
  • The University of Melbourne, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies Australia
  • Monash University, Centre for Islam in the Modern World
  • University of South Australia, International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

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