Islamophobia in the Czech Republic and Europe

An international conference organized by the Institute of International Relations and Insaan: Czech-Arab Centre for Cultural Dialogue.


Datum: 23.05.2013
Čas: 09:00
Místo: Mirror Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Loretánské náměstí 5, Prague
Spolupráce: Insaan: Czech-Arab Centre for Cultural Dialogue, Embassy of the State of Kuwait in the Czech Republic, Anna Lindh Foundation


09:00-09:30  Registration

09:30-11:00  Panel I: Islamophobia: Definitions and manifestations
Is it possible to objectively define Islamophobia and to what extent does it make sense to use this term? Is anti-Semitism comparable to Islamophobia? Is the Muslim world overblowing the issue?

Robin Richardson, Consultant, Insted, United Kingdom
Juliane Wetzel, Researcher, Center for Research on Anti-Semitism, Germany
Sami Al-Faraj, Director, Kuwait Centre for Strategic Studies, Kuwait

11:00-11:15  Coffee break

11:15-12:45  Panel II: Islamophobia in the Czech Republic
What is the nature of anti-Muslim sentiments in the Czech Republic? Are there already some victims of Islamophobia in the country? What is the potential of violence by extreme right groups under the banner of a “resistance to Islamization”?

Bronislav Ostřanský, Research Fellow, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Klára Kalibová, Analyst, In IUSTITIA, Czech Republic
Miroslav Mareš, Researcher, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

12:45-13:45  Buffet lunch

13:45-15:30  Panel III: Who are the Muslims in Europe and how do they perceive Islamophobia?
What do Muslims in Europe want from and think of the society they live in? Central European Muslims – an uncharted territory? Do European Muslims experience similar conditions regarding Islamophobia as Muslims in the US?

Tufyal Choudhury, Senior Policy Advisor, At home in Europe Project - Muslims in EU Cities, United Kingdom
Konrad Pedziwiatr, Assistant Professor, Tischner European University, Poland
Nadia Marzouki, Research Fellow, European University Institute, Italy

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the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in the Czech Republic

Anna Lindh Foundation

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