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The Bridge Initiative and CANZPS: Mapping Islamophobia in U.S. and Australia with Rhonda Itaoui

November 12, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

The Bridge Initiative and the Center for Australian, New Zealand & Pacific Studies at Georgetown University are excited to host Rhonda Itaoui for a talk on:

Mapping Islamophobia:
Navigating geographies of Islamophobia in U.S. and Australia

*Lunch will be served*

*Limited Seating*

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A rise in anti-Muslim sentiment in the ‘West’ has invoked wide debate on
the impacts of Islamophobia on Australian and American Muslims. In this talk, UC Berkeley
Visiting Scholar Rhonda Itaoui will present the results of two recent
independent research studies, comparing young Muslims’ ‘mental maps’
of Islamophobia and existing evidence of Sydney’s ‘geographies of racial
attitudes’. This comparative analysis seeks to
highlight the similarities and differences in Islamophobia’s manifestation in
public spaces in Australia and the United States while illustrating the need
for culturally specific, empirical examinations of (in)tolerance across
Australian cities.

Rhonda Itaoui is a Research Fellow with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, working in the Global Justice program on range of projects that document and challenge the effects of Islamophobia. As a Fellow, she has focused on developing a resource pack for a range of stakeholders, on the study of Islamophobia in the United States as well as contributed to the release of the Legalizing Othering report. In addition to her appointment at UC Berkeley, Rhonda in the final year of a PhD program in Social Sciences at Western Sydney University in Australia, and a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project. Her international PhD fieldwork explores the impact of globalized Islamophobia on the spatial mobility of young Muslims in the California Bay Area, and Sydney, Australia. This work is interested in documenting how perceptions of Islamophobia affect the way young Muslims engage with public spaces within cosmopolitan cities across the world. Rhonda aims to use this research to share narratives on the everyday effects of Islamophobia, and also influence policy interventions across a range of spaces that challenge Islamophobia and ultimately advances the belonging of Muslim communities.

The event space is wheelchair accessible. 

For more information or accommodation requests for the event related to accessibility
please contact Sanaa Anwar at bridge@georgetown.edu.


November 12, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Georgetown University, ICC 270