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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 Gülen (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
Derya is actively involved in academic associations and community organisations. Derya is currently the
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.
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.
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.
Dr Derya Iner (main investigator)
Prof Linda Harrison
Prof Linda Briskman
Prof Samina Yasmeen
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.
Dr Derya Iner (main investigator)
Dania Akbik, MA
Leila Khaled, PhD
Emre Celik, PhD
Muhammad Ahmad, MA
Isa Islam, PhD
* 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.