14th Annual Michigan State University Muslim Studies Program Conference

Wed, April 7, 2021 8:00 AM - Fri, April 9, 2021 12:00 PM at Zoom Webinar

Registration is now open for the 14th annual Muslim Studies Program Conference:



Michigan State University Muslim Studies Program  

14th Annual Conference 

April 8-9, 2021 


Global Islamophobia and the News Media, Entertainment Media, and Social Media 

Thursday, April 8    


8:15am-8:30am EST  Welcome  


8:30am-10:00am EST  Panel 1
              Imed Ben Labidi — Eternally Unwelcomed: Race, Representation, and Transnational  

Sanctioning of Racism  

              Nofret Berenice Hernández Vilchis — Facing Islamophobia before It Existed? The Case  

of Palestinian Journalists  

  1. Mohibul Haque and Abdullah Khan — Mapping Islamophobia: The Indian Media  


              Giuliano Bifolchi — Islamophobia in Russia: The Role of the Media in Presenting Islam  

and the Muslim Community  


10:15am-11:45am EST  Conversation with Khaled Beydoun and Nazita Lajevardi 


12:45pm-2:15pm EST  Panel 2 

              Muniba Saleem — How Media Representations of Muslims Affect American-Muslim  

Intergroup Relations  

              Michael Bevers — Valorizing the Self: Islamophobia’s Inverse Function  

              Samaah Jaffer — Before ‘Creeping Shari‘a’: From Shari‘a as the Court to Shari‘a as the  


              Marta Panighel — Gendered Islamophobia in Italy: The Silvia Romano Case  


Friday, April 9  


8:00am-9:30am EST  Panel 3  

              Brian Van Wyck — Competing Islamophobias in Media Depictions of Qur’anic  

Education in West Germany, 1975-1984 

              Sana Aziz — The Iraq War in Hollywood War Films  

              Mohammed Reza John Vedadipour — Does Hollywood’s Representation of Iranian  

Identity from 1979 to 2019 Reflect U.S. Foreign Policy?  

              Angeliki Koletsou — Views of Iran in the American Film Industry and Television Series,  

from 2001 to the Present  


9:45am-11:15am EST  Panel 4  

              Russell Lucas — (Mis)representing Arab Public Opinion: Polls or Phobias?  

              Nazita Lajevardi and Caleb Lucas — Shifts in Group Salience and Target Substitution  

by Far-Right Extremists Explain a Contemporaneous Fall and Rise in Hate Crimes  

              Sabah Firoz Uddin — British Muslim Self-Making on Social Media: Responding to  

Islamophobia in Britain   

              Felipe Freitas de Souza — Islam on the Brazilian Timeline: Islamophobia in a Social  



11:15am-12:00pm EST  Open Conversation and Closing Remarks  


Register here: https://muslimstudies.isp.msu.edu/about/reg-links 


Organized by the Muslim Studies Program and cosponsored by the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, College of Arts and Letters, College of Social Science, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Political Science, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, James Madison College, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, and Peace and Justice Studies.