AN ANNIVERSARY PROJECT
2017 is the twentieth anniversary of the landmark 1997 Runnymede Trust Report Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All. A project is being planned to mark the anniversary. The aims of the project are:
- to renew awareness of the causes, nature, facets and dangers of Islamophobia
- to help develop and strengthen counter-narratives relating to citizenship, secularism, pluralism and justice
- to provide resources, lesson plans, activities and course outlines for schools, colleges, universities and communities, and for training and awareness-raising events of various kinds.
THREE PRINCIPAL STRANDS
The project has three strands:
- LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD: public lectures and events in Leeds and London to mark the twentieth anniversary of the 1997 report – 19 October 2017 in London and 12 November 2017 in Leeds.
- BLOGPOSTS: critique, reaction and responses hosted by ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.
- RESOURCING EDUCATORS: an archive of lesson plans, exercises, training programmes and course outlines. September/November 2017.
If you would like to contribute to the blog or the resources archive, or both, please send an indication of your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please send suggestions and requests, if you wish, about the specific topics and issues you hope this project will address.
The project is being organised jointly by the Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies at the University of Leeds, the Insted Consultancy, the Muslim Youthwork Foundation and ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.
The current members of the planning group for the project are Sameena Choudry (Equitable Education consultancy), Gill Cressey (Coventry University), MG Khan (Ruskin College, Oxford), Robin Richardson (formerly at the Runnymede Trust), S.Sayyid (University of Leeds) and AbdoolKarim Vakil (King’s College London).
The project focuses on the situation in the UK, as did the report published 20 years ago. But it also takes account of scholarship, issues, activism and creative developments in other countries as well.
The 1997 Runnymede report can be accessed via the following link: http://www.runnymedetrust.org/companies/17/74/Islamophobia-A-Challenge-for-Us-All.html.
A follow-up report published by Trentham Books in 2004 can be found at http://www.insted.co.uk/islambook.pdf
Many key theoretical issues are discussed in Thinking through Islamophobia: global perspectives, edited by S. Sayyid and AbdoolKarim Vakil, Hurst Publishers 2011.
The project has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Islamophobia2017
A website is being built at http://islamophobia2017.org.uk/
A poster about the project can be downloaded from http://www.islamophobia2017.org.uk/pdf/islamophobia2017-finalweb.pdf