Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Derya Iner

Dr Derya Iner

BA Lit, MA, PhD

Derya Iner is the research coordinator and senior lecturer at the CISAC. Derya completed her PhD in Cultural Studies (major) and Gender and Women's Studies (minor) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), USA in 2011. While doing so, she also taught two subjects per semester. In her dissertation, she studied the intellectual debates in the Turkey's transformation era from the empire to the republic. She particularly focused on the mostly debated topics of the time by the Westernist, Islamist and nationalist intellectuals. These topics were constitutionalism, status of women, educational reforms, minorities, and nationalism. These debates were, indeed, quite reflective of the intellectual discussions of the other imminent Muslim nation-states.

Derya published on the early twentieth century's intellectual life and print culture and paid particular attention to the Ottoman women of the early twentieth century. In her following projects, Derya focused more on contemporary debates and issues on Muslims, Muslim youth, Muslim women and Islam in the West, particular in Australia. She recently conducted research on religious identity formation of Australian Muslim youth, Islamophobia in Australia, halal debate in Australia.

Derya convened the Australasian Conference (ACI) of Islam series and organised the ACI'1— Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies in 2013 and ACI'2— Radicalisation and Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships and Implications in Religiously Diverse Societies in 2015.  Under the leadership of CISAC and in collaboration with the other national and an international partner universities, ACI conferences received worldwide academic and public attention. Derya also took roles in organising international Islam conferences. The major ones are the Muslim-Christian Relations and Islamophobia: Fear of the Other Conference (2009), From Dialogue to Collaboration: The Vision of Fethullah G├╝len (2009) hosted by Australian Catholic University and Monash University and the International Conference on Islam I  (2005) and International Conference on Islam II: Islam in the Age of Globalism, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (2006). 

Derya's research interests can be listed as

  • Islam in the West: Islamophobia, Radicalisation, Muslim youth identity, religious identity formation, citizenship, social cohesion/multiculturalism in Australian and in the West
  • Women in Islam, Islamic cultures and civilisations in past and present
  • Early 20th century intellectual history and intellectuals especially the Islamists and transnational Islamic movements.

Derya is actively involved in academic associations and community organisations. Derya is currently the

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Coming from Cultural & Women studies, Derya is lecturing in sociological and contemporary topics related to Muslims and Islam and giving seminar classes on sociological research methods. Her subject specialities include Muslims, especially the women and youth, in the West, contemporary debates on Islam, historical and socio-political construction of Islam and Muslims.

Subjects:

ISL151 & ISL451- Islam in the Modern World
ISL355 & ISL455- Women in Islam, Islamic Civilisations and Cultures (for classical Islamic Studies program
ISL456- Women in Islam, Islamic Civilisations and Cultures (for Contemporary Islamic Studies program)
ISL456- Islam through West Eye
ISL599- Guided Research Seminars

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In her current research projects, Derya is particularly interested in the operation and impact of Islamophobia on targets, especially on the women, youth and children. In addition to the manifestations of Islamophobia as an individually conducted explicit anti-Muslim hate action, Derya is also interested in the institutionally conducted implicit forms of Islamophobia.

Derya's other research areas include Western Muslims' identity, religious identity formation of Muslim youth, social cohesion and citizenship practices in the West. Meanwhile, Derya continues to publish about the early-twentieth century Ottoman intellectual life, print culture and women.  

Current Research Projects

Children of Islamophobia Project

The project aims to explore the perceived impact of Islamophobia on children (under 18 years old) by investigating those who were directly (by being a target) or indirectly (by witnessing their mothers/parents' victimisation) exposed to Islamophobia.

Investigators:

Dr Derya Iner (main investigator)

Prof Linda Harrison

Prof Linda Briskman

Prof Samina Yasmeen

Islamophobia in Australia 2016-17 Project

Following the Islamophobia in Australia 2014-16 report, the second report focuses on individual and institutional manifestations of Islamophobia in Australia in between 2016-17. Alarming findings from the first report constitute the central themes of the report and enables some comparisons between the first and second Islamophobia in Australia report.    

Investigators:

Dr Derya Iner (main investigator)

TBA

Supervision

Principle Supervision

Dania Akbik, MA

Leila Khaled, PhD

Emre Celik, PhD

Co-Supervision

Muhammad Ahmad, MA

Isa Islam, PhD

Research Grants

  • Faculty of Arts and Education  Research Income and Initiatives/Seed Grant (2017)
  • Public and Contextual Theology Research Grant: Islamophobia in Australia Report 206-17 (2017-2018)
  • The Research Assistance for Sustained Programs of Research (2017-2018)
  • Arts Faculty Compact: Writing and research skills training: Writing Workshop: Research Design and Peer-Reviewed Publication (2015)
  • Public and Contextual Theology Research Grant: Islamophobia ad Halal Reports (2015)
  • Arts Faculty Compact for Conference: Australian Conference on Islam'2 (2015)
  • Arts Faculty Research Committee Publication Grant: Crosspollination of Radicalisation and Islamophobia (2015)
  • Arts Faculty Compact for Conference: Inaugural Australian Conference on Islam (2103)
  • Arts Faculty Compact: Writing and research skills training: Writing Workshop: How to Publish Workshop (2013)

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Books

  • Iner, D & Yucel, S. (Eds.) (2015). Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Iner, D. (2005). Sahnenin Iki Yuzu [Two Faces/ Sides of the Stage]: A Comparison of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and Necip Fazil Kisakurek's "Bir Adam Yaratmak [Creating a Man]. Istanbul: Karakutu Publishing.(in Turkish)
  • Iner, D & Esposito, J (Eds.) (2017).Cross-pollination of Radicalisation and Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships and Implications. USA:Springer(TBC).

Book Chapters

  • Iner, D. & Yucel, S. (2015). Identifying the Identity. In D. Iner and S. Yucel (Eds.), Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Iner, D. (2015). A Threefold Sense of Belonging: Practising Home-grown Muslims' Sense of Belonging to Religion, Ethnicity and Nation. In D. Iner and S. Yucel (Eds.), Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Iner, D. (2017). Let's Feed Radicals with Halal (debate). D. Iner & J. Esposito (Eds.), Crosspollination of Radicalisation and Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships and Implications. USA:Springer (TBC)

Reports

  • Iner, D. (Ed.) (2017).Islamophobia in Australia, 2014-2016. In Collaboration with Deakin University, the University of Western Australia, Islamophobia Register Australia, Diversity Council Australia, The Centre for Public and Contextual Theology and Just Media Advocacy.
  • Iner, D.&Dunn, K. (Eds.) (2017). Halal Food in Australia: Religious, Economic and Social Implications. In collaboration with the CISAC Research Team, The Centre for Public and Contextual Theology and Western Sydney University (in progress)

Journal Articles

  • Iner, D. (2017). Women and the City, Women in the City: A Gendered Perspective on Ottoman Urban History, Women's History Review, DOI:10.1080/09612025.2017.1285750), 13 Feb 2017 (Online)
  • Iner, D. (2015). Gaining a Public Voice: Ottoman Women's Experience with Writing for Public and Halide Edib Adivar's Achievement within the Male-Dominated Major Periodicals in the Early 20th Century Ottoman Press. Women's History Review, DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2015.1034603(A* level journal), 26 May 2015.

Conference Paper Presentations

  • Iner, D. "From the End of Liberalism to the Rise of Exceptionalism." Paper presented at The Islamophobia and the End of Liberalism - 8th Annual Conference on Islamophobia, University of California, Berkeley, 21-23 April, 2017.
  • Iner, D. & Daqiq, T. "Minorities' Experience with Citizenship: A Case study of Australian Muslims." Paper presented at The Muslim Question and Citizenship, Deakin University, 14-15 December 2015.
  • Iner, D. "Attended, Unattended and Blocked Means of Social Cohesion: Home-grown Australian Muslims' Emotional, Civic and Humanitarian Interaction Experience with the Wider Australian Society." Paper presented at Advancing Community Cohesion Conference 2015, Western Sydney University, 15-16 July 2015.
  • Iner, D. "Religious Education Means and Their Effectiveness Among the Practicing Home-grown Muslims of Australia." Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR): Religion, Diversity and Governance, 3 – 5 December 2014.
  • Iner, D. "A Retrospective Study: The Historical Meaning and Functionality of Caliphate." Paper presented at From Caliphate to Caliphate, University of Technology Sydney, 29 April 2015.
  • Ghaznavi, R. & Iner, D. "Organ Transplantation and Donation: Islamic Jurisprudential Perspectives and Recent Medical Technological Inventions on Organ Transplants." Paper presented at International Conference on Organ Transplantation in Islam,University of Western Sydney, 22 November 2014.
  • Iner, D. "A Critical Comparison of Turkish Studies within and out of Turkey." Paper presented at International Symposium on Turkish Studies' Issues and Their Solutions. Istanbul: Yildiz Technical University, 2012.
  • Iner, D. "Reading Globalization from the Reverse Side: Muslim Entrepreneurs Challenging to the 'Imaginary Borders' of Islam". Paper presented at Islamophobia: The Experience in Worlds Old and New Lessons from Europe and Australia. Monash University, Melbourne-Australia: 18-19 July, 2009.
  • Iner, D. "Invisible Women's Visibility vs. Visible Women's Invisibility (discussing the visibility of Muslim women in Ottoman and modern Turkish society)." Paper presented at International Conference on Islam II (ICI'2): Islam in the Age of Globalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA: March 24-25, 2006.
  • Iner, D. "Discovering the Richness of Halide Edip's Memoirs." Paper presented at Second Annual Post-Graduate Student Conference at MESA, Boston University, USA: November 17-18, 2006.

Other Publications

Encyclopedia Entries
  • Iner, D. (2013). Halide Edip Adivar. In Natana J. DeLong-Bas at al. (Eds.) The [Oxford] Encyclopaedia of Islam and Women, Oxford University Press, 2013.*

* Received PROSE Awards which are given annually in recognition of the very best in professional and scholarly publishing amongst distinguished books, journals, and electronic content.

  • Iner, D. (2007). Women Composers of Modern Turkey. In Suad Joseph et al. (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EVIC). (Vol.. 6, Leiden: Brill.)
  • Iner, D. (2007). Representations of Women in Turkish Music. In Suad Joseph et al. (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EVIC). (Vol.. 6, Leiden: Brill.)
Periodical Articles
  • "Islamophobia in Australia: Whose Problem Is It? How Can We Overcome It?" ABC Religion and Ethics10 Jul 2017 http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2017/07/10/4699609.htm
  • "Women Composers of the Ottoman Palace," Zaman Pazar, 2001
  • "Was Shakespeare a Mystic?" 16th century poems of Ottoman and England dedicated to male beloveds," Zaman Pazar, 2001
  • "Homeland of the Greenness & Historical Beauty: Ida," Zaman Pazar, 2001
  • "Legend of the Sari Kiz [the Blond Girl]: Festivals on the Skirts of Ida," Zaman Pazar, 2001
Papers Inserted in Readers/University Course Pack
  • "Invisible Women's Visibility versus Visible women's Invisibility" inserted in the course pack of 472, Women in Turkish and Islamic Societies (taught by Prof. Sarah G. Moment Atis). University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • "Women's Appearance in Anonymous Songs and Written Poetry" inserted in the course pack of 279, Introduction to Turkish Folk Literature (taught by Prof. Sarah G. Moment Atis). University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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