Winter/Spring 2015 Colloquium Series

Rima Berns-McGown (Simon Fraser University)

“‘Imported Conflict,’ Imported Trauma: Myth, Reality, & Islamophobia”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7 PM

Rima Berns-McGown is Associate Director of the CCSMSC-SFU and the Jack & Doris Shadbolt Fellow (SFU). She was the research director of the Mosaic Institute’s recently released “Perception & Reality of ‘Imported Conflict’ in Canada” and is the author of Muslims in the Diaspora: The Somali Communities of London and Toronto.

Itrath Syed (Simon Fraser University)

“Between Competing Secularisms: Muslims in the Canadian Public Sphere”

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7 PM

Itrath Syed is a doctoral candidate in the School of Communication (SFU).  She has published and presented numerous articles and papers, including "The Great Canadian 'Shari'a' Debate" in Islam in the Hinterlands: Muslim Cultural Politics in Canada.

Sunera Thobani (University of British Columbia)

“Gender, Feminism, and Islamophobia”

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 7 PM

Sunera Thobani is Associate Professor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice (UBC), the author of Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada, and the co-editor of States of Race: Critical Race Feminist Theory for the 21st Century.

Adel Iskandar (Simon Fraser University)

“Confronting Collapsible Categories: Islam and the Media”

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 7 PM

Adel Iskandar is Assistant Professor of Global Communication (SFU) and the author or editor of numerous books, including Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution; Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism; Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation; and Mediating the Arab Uprisings.

Summer Pervez (Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

“On Being a ‘Muslim’ Filmmaker: Expectations and Assumptions”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7 PM

Summer Pervez is a filmmaker, screenwriter, poet, and academic who also teaches in the Department of English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Hawa Y. Mire (York University)

“Blackness in Islamophobia: Missing the Interlocking Nuances in a Young Somalia Diaspora”

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7 PM

Hawa Y. Mire is a diasporic Somali storyteller, writer, and academic strategist whose work focuses on the implications of indigeneity, oral history, and resistance. Her research looks to incorporate traditional Somali stories with discourses of constructed identity.

All Colloquia held at 7 PM in Room 1600, Canfor Policy Room,

SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Seating is limited, first-come, first-served.