Islamophobia 2017: Challenges for us all – Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Introduced and chaired by Head of School Prof S. Sayyid 'Looking Back, Looking Ahead' marks the 20th anniversary of the Runnymede report on Islamophobia, 1997.


18.00 – 18.30: Registration and refreshments.
18.30 – 18.35: Welcome by Prof S. Sayyid.
18.35 – 18.55: Baroness Warsi – The Enemy Within:  A Tale of Muslim Britain.
18.55 – 19.30: Robin Richardson – Us and Them in this Age of Anxiety: past, present and possible futures.
19.30 – 19.50: Response: AbdoolKarim Vakil, Kings College, London.
19.50 – 20.30: Audience Q&A.
20.30 – 21.00: Chair to close; followed by refreshments.

Notes on speakers

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi is a former co-Chair of the Conservative Party and a former Minister of State for Faith and Communities. In 2017 her first book was published, The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain, billed as “a vital book at a critical time”.

Robin Richardson is a former director of the Runnymede Trust. Publications for which he has acted as editor or co-editor include A Very Slight Sleeper – the persistence and dangers of antisemitism (1994), Islamophobia—a challenge for us all (1997), The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain – the Parekh report (2000), Pointing the Finger – Islam and Muslims in the British media (2011) and Living with Difference – community, diversity and the common good (2015).

AbdoolKarim Vakil is Head of Department in the Department of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies at King’s College London. AbdoolKarim has recently also been appointed Lecturer in the Department of History at King’s College London. He is co-editor of Thinking Through Islamophobia: Global Perspectives, published by Hurst, and is currently involved with ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.

Location Details

The Carriageworks
3 Millennium Square

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Find out more about the School's two year Counter-Islamophobia Kit (CIK) project that brings together experts from across Europe.