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Upcoming International Conference


        “Representing Islam”

University of Manchester with the University of Surrey
5-6 September 2008

Representations of ‘Islam’ have a profound influence on political cultures and national identities, as well on attitudes to immigration, security and multiculturalism. The complexity of the notion of ‘Islam’ and the heterogenous responses that it elicits are such that there is no uniform approach to its representation and social construction. The conference addresses this complexity by treating the comparative dimension of recent representations of Islam, encompassing different nations, political institutions, media institutions and cultures. The conference will be primarily concerned with the press, television, radio, film and the internet, but may include other channels of communication, such as translations, speeches or pamphlets, political discourse,and the visual arts.






Breakfast (Weston Hall residents)
Breakfast (Weston Hall residents)
Plenary Session
Coffee break
Parallel session 1
Parallel session 3
Lunch + film screening
Plenary session
Parallel session 4
Coffee break
Plenary session
Parallel session 2
CLOSING REMARKS/ Publication plans
Plenary session
Conference dinner


* The registration desk will be open throughout the conference in the main foyer (5th September: 9:00- 16:00; 6th September: 8:45- 12:00)




Keynote Speakers

Representing Islam: Comparative Perspectives


Thomas Deltombe (France, journalist)


In his book “Imaginary Islam: The media’s construction of Islamophobia in France”, the political scientist and journalist Thomas Deltombe reveals certain parallels in the way Islam is perceived by the French media and by ultra-conservative Muslims. In France most of the members of Muslim minority hail from the former French colonial possessions of Morocco, Tunisia, and especially Algeria. Deltombe’s preparation for the book included analyses of numerous press articles and of the two most important TV stations in France: the privatised “Channel One” TF1, and the public broadcaster France 2. Deltombe examines their coverage of Islam in the period from 1975 to 2005.


Alisher Khamidov (Kyrgyzstan, journalist)


Alisher Khamidov is a journalist originally from Kyrgyzstan. From June 1998 to July 2001, he served as Director of the Osh Media Resource Center (OMRC), a nonprofit independent media association in southern Kyrgyzstan. He has also acted as the regional coordinator of the Central Asian Media Support Project. Khamidov has written a series of articles on religious and ethnic conflict in the Ferghana Valley and political developments in Kyrgyzstan and in Central Asia, and is a frequent contributor to Eurasianet and IRIN. Khamidov is pursuing his PhD in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. More here.



Kenan Malik (England, writer and broadcaster)


Kenan Malik is an Indian-born British writer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is Senior Visting Fellow at the Department of Political, International and Policy Studies at the University of Surrrey. He is a presenter of Analysis on BBC Radio 4 and has written and presented a number of radio and TV documentaries. His books include The Meaning of Race (1996) and Man, Beast and Zombie (2000). He is trained in neurobiology and the history of science. His main areas of interest are the history of ideas; the history and philosophy of science; the philosophy of mind; theories of human nature; science policy; bioethics; political philosophy; race, immigration and multiculturalism. More here.


Prof Tariq Modood (England, Bristol University)


Professor Tariq Mohood is the Bristol Director of the Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship, with UCL, which consists of 8 projects running between 2003-08. He is directly involved on projects on social capital and gender; national identity and religion; and higher education and globalisation. He is completing two books on Muslims and multiculturalism, and co-editing three books: on ethnicity and social mobility in the US and UK; on nationalism, identity and minority rights; and on multiculturalism in Europe. He is co-editor of the journal Ethnicities and a regular contributor to the media and to policy discussions. More here.


Prof Greg Philo (Scotland, Glasgow University Media Unit)


Professor Greg Philo is based at Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences, University of Glasgow. He is also Research Director of Glasgow University Media Unit (Glasgow Media Group). The Media Unit is a research based grouping of academics within the sociology department of Glasgow University. The purpose of the Groups work is to promote the development of new methodologies and substantive research in the area of media and communications. Professor Philos research interests are in the area of the media and cultural reception. Greg Philo has recently written a report on Cultural Transfer between Britain and China for the British Council.

Dr. Elizabeth Poole (England, Staffordshire University)


Dr Poole is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the School of Humanities and Social Science, Staffordshire University, UK. She is an Award Leader of MA Media Management and Media Futures. She specialises in the area of race and representation, new media and audiences. Dr Poole has significant postgraduate teaching experience and published widely in the area of Muslims and the news. (Reporting Islam: Media Representations of British Muslims, 2002;  Muslims and the News Media, co-edited with John E. Richardson, 2006). More here.


Prof Tariq Ramadan (England, France, academic and theologian) 


Professor Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Islamic Studies. He is currently Senior Research Fellow St Antonys College (Oxford), Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and at the Lokahi Foundation (London). He is a Visiting Professor (in charge of the chair : Identity and Citizenship) at Erasmus University (Holland). Through his writings and lectures he has contributed substantially to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active both at the academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on social justice and dialogue between civilizations. Professor Tariq Ramadan is currently President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels. More here.          



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