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Monday 15 June 6pm: The Islamophobic university

This panel explored the way in which free speech is being increasingly instrumentalised for Islamophobic ends, a case in point being the #JesuisCharlie response to the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

At the same time there is a literal policing of the speech of Muslim students on university campuses. This trend is encapsulated in the UK Counter-terrorism and Security Act 2015, which places a statutory duty on universities to prevent radicalism by monitoring student activity.

In view of the pervasive Islamophobia now affecting British and other European societies, it is likely that the Act will have a disproportionate and discriminatory effect on Muslim students. This panel brought together academics, students and activists from across Europe to interrogate the Islamophobic University.

Organisers: Dr Nadine El-Enany (@NadineElEnany) and Dr Sarah Keenan (@sarahjkeenan). Speakers included:

Malia Bouattia

NUS Black Students' Officer, representing students of African, Asian, Caribbean and Arab descent in colleges and universities in the UK.  Malia is currently studying for her MPhil in Postcolonial Theory and Language at the University of Birmingham.

Souhail Chichah

Souhail is a lecturer at University de Lyon-2 (France).

Nadine El-Enany

Lecturer in Law, Birkbeck Law School

Arzu Merali

Arzu is a writer and researcher based in London, UK. She is one of the co-founders of the Islamic Human Rights Commission, and was the editor of the web journal Palestine Internationalist. Her latest book on hate crimes and discrimination against Muslims in the UK will be published in September.

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