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Teaching against Islamophobia Seminar

Call for Proposals

We seek papers from scholars in any discipline or subfield that address questions related to the theme “Islamophobia - Connecting the Global and the Local,” with a focus on teaching. An epidemic of anti-Muslim bigotry and racism has emerged not only in the United States and Europe, but globally. Often, however, these events that are important to engaged scholars may feel distant to our students.

We are soliciting submissions that address any of the following aspects of this theme and welcome related topics and inquiries that go beyond these questions as well:

  • What are techniques and strategies that are effective for contextually locating Islamophobia that occurs outside North American cultural contexts?
  • How do we begin to overcome the tendency of students to distance themselves from a shared responsibility for Islamophobia when they are confronted by either global or local instances of anti-Muslim bigotry?
  • What are the competing challenges and advantages of using education about Islamophobia to stimulate interreligious dialogue?
  • When addressing major news stories featuring anti-Muslim policies, what skills do students need to develop in order to move ‘beyond the headline?’ How might these skills be transferable or adapted to contexts where scholars are asked to address wider publics?
  • What are the professional and scholarly risks and challenges we face when we name anti-Muslim bias in our educational setting or local communities? How do we begin to address these challenges or mitigate these risks?

Papers and other documents related to presentations will be pre-circulated to the seminar listserv. Please contact a member of the leadership of the seminar for access. Since materials will be pre-circulated, preference will be given to presentations that go beyond the traditional ‘paper-reading’ structure. We seek presentations that will dynamically introduce teaching modules, pedagogical practices, teaching reflections, slides, professional documents, or other materials during the time of the seminar.

Statement of Purpose


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members