Albania- Juliana Ajdini:

Juliana Ajdini is a fellow at the Department of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Tirana since 2004. She graduated in 2000 as a social worker from the same department. From 2013 she holds a PhD in Social Work and Social Policy, obtained at the Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Faculty of Social Science, University of Tirana. Her doctoral thesis was a study of assessment of needs of incarcerated parent in Albania and their children. Her main areas of interest and expertise include research in social problems and respect and promotion of the rights of incarcerated persons. Her working experiences in these areas include teaching at Bachelor and Masters level studies and academic research focused especially on issues related to rights of prisoners/detains, gender equality, community organization, etc. Her working experience is also rich in consultancy service to national and international institutions and organizations in conducting research, preparing training manuals and materials, conducting training’s, monitoring and evaluation. She is author and co-author in several articles and books published in Albania and abroad. Currently she lectures on social problems, methods and skills in social work, social work with families, and theories and social change. jajdini@gmail.com


Austria – Farid Hafez:

Farid Hafez is a researcher at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Salzburg. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Vienna. Hafez has been teaching at a number of universities in the world. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Hafez is the editor of the German-English Islamophobia Studies Yearbook, (www.jahrbuch-islamophobie.de). He was awarded with the Bruno-Kreisky-Award for the political book of the Year 2009 for his German anthology “Islamophobia in Austria” (co-edited with Prof. John Bunzl). He has published more than 10 books and 20 articles. His last publications include ‘From the Far Right to the Mainstream: Islamophobia, Party Politics and the Media’ (Campus Verlag, 2012, together with Humayun Ansari), an introduction to the history of Islamic Political Thought and ‘Shifting borders: Islamophobia as the cornerstone for building pan-European right-wing unity’ (in: Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 48, no. 5, October 2014). farid.hafez@sbg.ac.at


Belgium – Amina Easat-Daas:

Amina Easat-Daas has recently completed her PhD at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Her doctoral research is entitled Muslim Women’s Political Participation in Francophone Europe: A Comparative Analysis of France and Belgium, and it specifically examines the motivations, opportunities and barriers to political participation by Muslim women in the two cases. Amina’s broader research interests include the study of Muslim political participation and representation, Muslim women’s dress, ‘European Islam’ and anti-Muslim prejudice or Islamophobia in Europe, and has several forthcoming book chapters and articles related to these topics. Amina has worked alongside prominent European NGOs. She regularly participates in academic conferences throughout the UK and has also previously presented some of her work related to anti-Muslim prejudice at the European Parliament in Brussels. aeasat@gmail.com


Bosnia and Herzegovina – Đermana Šeta, Nedim Begović, Zehra Alispahić, Mensur Karadža, Emir Kovačević, Ekrem Tucaković, Mehmedović Nihah

Đermana Šeta holds a BA in English language and literature from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo and an MA in Religious Studies from the Center for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies, University of Sarajevo. She is the Head of the Commission for Freedom of Religion of the Islamic Community in B&H, a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies, Sarajevo and president of the assembly of Center for education and research “Nahla”. Her research focus is on sociology on religion, sociology of gender and women’s studies, sociology of family, religion and human rights. She has authored several researches and articles. Her master thesis was published as a book entitled “Why the Headscarf: B&H Muslim women on their life and work with the headscarf” (Zašto marama: B&H muslimanke o životu i radu pod maramom) 2011, CNS & CIPS. Previously she worked as Executive director of Association for language and culture „Lingvisti“, and Head of research department at CER Nahla. She is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Sarajevo. She is a senior research associate at the Institute for Islamic Tradition of Bosniaks. Currently she is engaged as a project leader in establishing and organizing Department for Marital and Family issues (women’s activism/marriage and family) in Administration for Religious Affairs, Riyasat/Seat of the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, djermana@yahoo.com.

Zehra Alispahić, PhD is a professor of the Arabic language at the Faculty of Islamic Science in Sarajevo. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, Department for Oriental Philology (Arabic, Turkish and Persian languages). As ISESCO’s (Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) scholarship holder, she completed post-graduate studies in Arabic language and Islamic pedagogy at the Kingdom of Morocco in Rabat, at the University Muhammed V, Faculty of Pedagogic Science. Since 2005, she has worked as the Arabic language professor at the Faculty of Islamic Science in Sarajevo. For more than twenty years, she has been present in electronic and printed media in BiH. She has been a long-standing editor of religious program on the Federal radio and an expert collaborator for the religious program of BHRTV.

Emir Kovačević is a lawyer. He is actively engaged in the work of the Inter-religious Council on behalf of the Islamic Community. As a coordinator of the legal expert group he worked on the drafting law on the Legal status of churches and religious communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Anti-discrimination Law. He is a member of the Commission for religious freedom in the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is author of the two books on the topic: Freedom of religion in judgments of the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg which was published in 2013. Freedom of religion in the workplace in USA published in 2015.

Ekrem Tucaković, PhD in journalism, editor-in-chief of Preporod magazine

Mehmedović Nihad, legal adviser in Riyasat of Islamic community

Mensur Karadža, head of legal department in Riaysat of Islamic community

Nedim Begović, PhD, Professor at Faculty of Islamic studies


Croatia – Vedran Obucina:

Vedran Obućina is a researcher and secretary at the Society for Mediterranean Studies at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. He is political scientist, and finishes his PhD about the political semiotics of Islamic Republic of Iran. He is guest lecturer at the Faculty of Political Sciences at University of Zagreb, Croatia, and was visiting University of Tehran and University of Mofid, Qom. He works also in Matrix Croatiae, the oldest Croatian scientific and cultural institution. He published more than 15 scientific articles, and is authoring two books (Political Semiotics of Tehran Murals; Political system of the Islamic Republic of Iran). He participated in numerous international and Croatian scientific conferences, seminars and projects. His narrow scientific interest includes political semiotics, Islamic Studies, and Iranian Studies, but has done work on radical right parties and movements in Europe, nationalism, broader Middle East studies, comparative politics, and political culture. v_obucina@yahoo.com


Czech Republic – Selma Muhic Dizdarevic:

Selma Muhič Dizdarevič is an assistant professor at Charles University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Civil Society Studies in Prague, Czech Republic. She is also a visiting scholar on Fulbright scholarship at UC Berkeley, School of Social Welfare in California, United States. Her main research interests are nonprofits, immigration and integration policies, feminism, social exclusion and intersectionality. She holds degree in public policy and political philosophy. selma.muhic@gmail.com


Finland – Linda Hyökki, Pia Jardi:

Linda Hyökki is a PhD Student at the Alliance of Civilizations Institute at the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf Univeristy in Istanbul. She graduated in the Masters Program “Language, Culture and Translation” from the University of Mainz, Germany. She has worked as a freelance translator and is a certified teacher of German as a Foreign Language. Her postgraduate studies and research interests are focused on Muslims in European contexts, multiculturalism and plurality, identity formation, qualitative research methods and Islamophobia particularly in Finland. Besides her native language Finnish she speaks English, German, Swedish and Turkish and reads French. lindahyokki@gmail.com

Pia Jardi is secretary working currently as debt collection secretary in the Social- and Health department in the City of Helsinki. She has been activist in the Islamic orgnizations from 2006 after establishment of Islamic Council in Finland. She has been active in the graveyard issues in Finland and moved to other matters as general rights of Muslims in Finland. She is a member of the OECD/ODIHR network for preventing hate crimes against Muslims in Europe. She is a manager in the project to build a Grand Mosque and Multipurpose Center to Helsinki. She is member of the Network of Muslim affairs in Finland. piajardi@hotmail.com


France – Olivier Esteves:

Olivier Esteves is a professor of British studies at  Lille  University. He works on the sociology and history of immigration and race relations in Britain, and on British intellectuals (George Orwell, Bertrand Russell). He is the author of Une Histoire populaire du boycott,  Paris : L’Harmattan, 2006 (two volumes). He edited with Denis Lacorne et Emmanuelle Le Texier Les Politiques de la diversité : expériences anglaise et américaine (Paris : Presses de Sciences-Po, 2010). He also published De l’invisibilité à l’islamophobie : musulmans britanniques (1945-2010), Presses de Sciences-Po, 2011, with a preface by Gérard Noiriel. He has edited, with Jean-Jacques Rosat (Collège de France) and translated into French, with Claire Esteves, Bertrand Russell’s World War I texts :  Le Pacifisme et la révolution, texts politiques (1914-1918), Marseille : Agone, 2014. His last book is with Sébastien Lefait, La Question raciale dans les séries américaines (Presses de Sciences-Po, 2014). He is currently doing research on the history of (ethnic) bussing in England for a book entitled Babylon by Bus? Dispersal and the Desegregation of English schools (1960s-1970s), which will be published by a British press by 2018-9.

He frequently publishes press articles in Le Monde,  Libération, Rue89, Huffington Post (France), on issues of racism and Islamophobia in France and  Britain. He is a member of the editorial board of the sociological news website: www.laurent-mucchielli.org founded by sociologist Laurent Mucchielli.


Germany – Anna E.Younes

Anna-Esther Younes has finished her PhD on “Race, Colonialism and the Figure of the Jew in a New Germany” at the Swiss Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, IHEID, Geneva. Her research topics include Critical Race Theory, Post-Colonialism, Psychoanalysis, and Critical German Studies. Anna-Esther Younes is currently based in Berlin and taught at the Gender Institute of Humboldt University. She was the recipient of a research fellowship from the Tokyo Foundation for the University of San Diego with Prof. Fatima El-Tayeb and is currently applying for post-doc positions in Europe and elsewhere. Younes has also recurrently published journalistic articles.


Greece – Alexandros Sakellariou:

Dr Alexandros Sakellariou is a post-doctoral researcher at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences of Athens. He holds a PhD on Sociology from Panteion University. He studied at the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens and he obtained his M.A. from Panteion University. He has worked as a researcher in a 4 year research project on young people’s socio-political engagement MYPLACE 2011-2015 (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement. He currently works in two European research projects on young people’s well-being, MYWEB (Measuring Youth Well-Being); and on the evaluation of innovative policies, InnoSI (Innovative Social Policies: Strengthening Communities in Europe). His scientific interests include among others politics and religion, religious communities in Greek society, religious freedom, religion and globalization, youth activism and civic participation, and right-wing extremism.  He is a member of the Network against the far-right of the Athens Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Since 2014 he is a co-author of the national report regarding Islam in Greece for the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe (Brill). sociology.panteion@gmail.com


Hungary- Zsolt Sereghy:

Zsolt Sereghy is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Political Science, Vienna University, Austria.  His current research focuses on the nexus between Europe’s Muslim communities, migration, and political and medial securitisation. He holds a Magister degree in Oriental Studies from the Vienna University and an M.Litt. degree in Middle Eastern  and Central Asian Security Studies from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His research interests include the securitisation of Islam and Muslim migrant communities in Europe, as well as Middle East politics in general and Lebanese politics, educational policies and pop culture in particular. Sereghy published a number of articles, most recently ‘Vienna Must Not Become Istanbul – The Securitization of Islam and Muslims in Austria’ (in: Suleiman, Yasir (ed.), Muslims in the UK and Europe , Centre for Islamic Studies of the University of Cambridge, May 2014). Currently, Sereghy is also working on a project exploring socio-political activism in Lebanese pop culture. He resides in Beirut and Vienna.  zsolt.sereghy@gmail.com


Ireland- James Carr:

Dr James Carr teaches and researches at the Department of Sociology in the University of Limerick. In 2010 he was awarded a three year scholarship from the Irish Research Council to engage in research into racism directed towards Muslim communities in Ireland. He is a well-known speaker on the topics of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism in Ireland. Building on previous publications, in 2016, James published his book Experiences of Islamophobia: Living with racism in the neoliberal era (London and New York: Routledge) which focused on anti-Muslim racism in Ireland set to the international context. James has also recently undertaken and published research with the Immigrant Council of Ireland entitled ‘Islamophobia Dublin: Experiences and how to respond’, which was supported by the Open Society Foundations.


Italy – Grazia Alessandra Siino, Nadia Levantino:

Grazia Alessandra Siino is an international legal expert. She holds a Ph.D in Law and Politics of the Euro-Mediterranean Region from the University of Enna (Italy). Prior to that, she graduated in Law from the University of Palermo and spent one semester at the International Institute for Human Rights in Strasbourg (France) and an academic year at the University of Salamanca (Spain). While Grazia Alessandra is currently a staff member at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France), this paper is not part of her activity at the Council of Europe and is written in a personal capacity, unrelated to her work. Her previous experience includes working within the Italian Embassy in Mexico City (Mexico). She is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Her mother tongue is Italian. siino.grazia.alessandra@gmail.com

Nadia Levantino is an Italian lawyer specialized in International Law and Human Rights with a specific focus on children’s and migrants’ rights. Having graduated at the University of Palermo (Italy), she attended a post-master Programme in European and International Law at the Faculty of Law in Strasbourg (France). She is a former trainee of the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union in Brussels and, as from 2014, is the volunteer worker responsible for the Legal aid service at “Save the Children Italy” in Palermo. Nadia is a native Italian speaker. She is fluent in English and French and offers legal assistance in both languages.


Kosovo- Arber Fetiu:

Arber Fetiu is a PhD student at Universite de Montreal, Canada. His project explores the images of the future after 9/11 in dystopian fiction and political discourse.  More specifically, he is interested in the images of the future that predict, foresee and anticipate the ‘takeover of Europe’ by immigrants; how the portrayal of Europe’s futures in dystopian literature and anticipatory political discourses creates or constructs the present; the inclusion of these images of the future in official texts; how the future is talked about in the service of governance and control of subjects and their bodies. His work examines the terrains of convergence between dystopian literature and non-fiction discourse on immigration in the West. He is concerned with the role and dilution of fiction and non-fiction narratives of the future(s) in the production of new knowledge and the making of new or enhancing of old forms of control, stigmatisation and othering. Fetiu has worked with International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) in Washington DC as well as for the International Center for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) where he was a research assistant for the production of a report on literature review for radicalisation, published in January 2016, “International comparative study on prevention of radicalisation”. He has written on secularism, radicalisation, counter-radicalisation politics and related issues.


Latvia – Anita Stasulane:

Anita Stasulane (1962), Professor of history of religions, Director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Daugavpils University (DU), graduated from the University of Latvia (1985) and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy (1998). She has been working mainly on the new religious movements and youth culture; currently she is conducting research on religious fundamentalism and Islamophobia. She has expertise in qualitative, including ethnographic, research methods and experience of working in international collaborative projects, including three EU Framework projects with her appointed as the DU team lead: FP6 project ”Society and Lifestyles: Towards Enhancing Social Harmonisation through Knowledge of Subcultural Communities” (2006-2008), FP7 project “Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement” (2011-2015), and FP7 project “Measuring Youth Well-Being” (2014-2016). Anita Stasulane has an extensive management experience, and since 2006 she is the editor of Kultūras Studijas (Cultural Studies) issued by Daugavpils University.


Lithuania – Birutė Sabatauskaitė, Karolis Žibas, Eglė Tilindiene:

Birutė Sabatauskaitė, director of the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights (LCHR), lawyer, wrote shadow reports on racism and discrimination for the European Network Against Racism, coordinates the activities of the European Network Against Racism in Lithuania.

birute@lchr.lt

Eglė Tilindienė (Eglė Urbonaitė), Office of the Equal Opportunities Ombudsperson, worked as a lawyer in Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights in 2011-2015, wrote shadow reports on racism and discrimination for the European Network Against Racism, currently is working in equal opportunities field.

egle.tilindiene@lrs.lt

Karolis Žibas, founder of ‘Diversity Development Group’, is sociologist, researcher and NGO activist in areas of human rights, equal opportunities, social integration, fight against human trafficking and migration. As a project partner, leader and independent expert, Karolis Žibas is involved in different projects and researches on national and international levels. Karolis holds PhD in Social Sciences (Sociology).

info@diversitygroup.lt


Macedonia- Mitre Georgiev:

Mitre Georgiev is a human rights advocate, lawyer and researcher born in Bitola, Macedonia. Graduated in Law at the “Iustiniana Prima” Law Faculty in Skopje, Macedonia, and finished an Advanced Master of European Studies at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. He has worked for several Civil Society Organisations in Macedonia, Croatia and abroad. His research interests are discrimination, human rights, migration, asylum, extradition, EU law, citizenship etc.mitre.georgiev@googlemail.com


Netherlands- Ineke Van Der Valk:

Dr. Ineke van der Valk (Political Sciences, University of Amsterdam/ Anti-Discrimination Bureau region Amsterdam) specializes in the study of racism, islamophobia, extremism, (de)radicalization, ethnic relations and diversity in multicultural societies and the history of immigrants in the Netherlands. She holds degrees in Educational Studies and Ethnic Studies and a Ph-D in Discourse Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Previously she was a senior researcher at the Anne Frank House where she studied processes of (de)radicalization, rightwing extremism, jihadi extremism and islamophobia. She obtained her doctorate on the interface between social sciences and discourse analysis with a comparative study of the perception of ethnic issues in the political discourse of the Netherlands and France, paying special attention to the extreme right: Difference, Deviance,Threat (Aksant 2002). She participated in a joint research project with the University of Vienna/ University of Amsterdam on racism in European countries. She was a community worker and human rights activist in the 70-ies and 80-ies and worked as a policy advisor for institutions, municipalities and NGO’s. Supported by the Open Society Foundations and Stichting het PALET Ineke van der Valk currently works on islamophobia in the Netherlands and manages the project Monitor Islamophobia in the Netherlands.


Norway – Sindre Bangstad:

Sindre Bangstad is a social anthropologists with a PhD from Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and currently works as a Researcher at KIFO, Institute For Church, Religion and Worldview Research in Oslo, Norway. He is the author of inter alia Anders Breivik and The Rise of Islamophobia (2014), The Politics of Mediated Presence: Exploring The Voices Of Muslims in Norway’s Mediated Public Spheres (2015) and the forthcoming Anthropology in Our Times: From A Series In Public Anthropology (2016).


Poland- Konrad Pedziwiatr:

Konrad Pędziwiatr holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and MA in European Studies from the University of Exeter (UK) and in Sociology from the  Jagiellonian University (Poland). He is author of monographs The New Muslim Elites in European Cities: Religion and Active Social Citizenship Amongst Young Organized Muslims in Brussels and London (2010) and From Islam of Immigrants to Islam of Citizens: Muslims in the Countries of Western Europe (2005, 2007) and co-author of Polish Migration Politics (2015). He has authored numerous scientific publications on Islam and Muslims in Europe, religions, migrations, minorities and social movements in Europe and Middle East and North Africa. He was  a Research Fellow at Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Bradford and Open Society Institute’s Civic Education Project Fellow.  He is currently Assistant Professor at the Cracow University of Economics (Poland) and researcher collaborating closely with the Södertörn University (Sweden).


Serbia – Bojan Perovic:

Bojan Perovic is a PhD researcher at the University of Hamburg, Faculty of Law. He recieved his BA in Law from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law and obtained his Master degree in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences. Prior to joining University of Hamburg he spent two years as a research assistant at the Institute of Social Sciences, Center for Legal Researches in Belgrade. During his studies Mr. Perovic gained an extensive non-formal education and practice in the fields closely related to human rights and humanitarian law through participation in numerous number of prestigous non-degree schools and voluntary work in various human rights and humanitarian non-governmental organizations (Regional Academy on the United Nations; University of Groningen- Summer School on Transitional Justice and Politics of Memory; International School for Holocaust; Duke University- International Human Rights Law: Prospects and Challenges etc.). His latest conference papers and published articles (2015/2016) include: 14th SSEES International Conference at the University College London (UCL); International Conference, Genocide in Srebrenica: Towards a Long lasting memory, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Academic Council on the United Nations System- Vienna 2015, Annual Conference – Lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals and Perspectives for the Post 2015 Development Agenda, Vienna, Austria; Balkan Social Science Review, Vol. 6, 2015; Global Humanities Vol.4: Stereotypes and Violence. His academic interests and research areas extend to international public law, especially human rights and international humanitarian law as well as other fields such as discrimination, nationalism, transitional justice.


Spain  – Alfonso Casani Herranz:

Alfonso Casani is a researcher at the Islamic Culture Foundation (FUNCI). He is currently working at FUNCI’s Twistislamophobia project (www.twistislamophobia.org) and has collaborated in the book “Islam and Constitutionalism: an open dialogue” (edited by the Islamic Culture Foundation). He has also taught several workshops on “Social protocol in the Gulf countries”, organized by the FUNCI in collaboration with the Foundation Personas y Empresas. Alfonso is also working on a Ph.D. on the convergence of religion and political science in Morocco, at the Autonomous University of Madrid, and is a member of the International Mediterranean Studies Workshop (TEIM). Throughout his Ph.D. investigation, he has published several articles and given different lectures on the topic, the last one “Stability and change: al Adl wal-Ihsan after the Arab Spring in Morocco” (presented in the XIX Congress of the Forum of Researchers on the Arab and Muslim World, FIMAM). He has made several stays in Morocco and has worked in the Spanish Consulate in Tangier (Morocco).  research@funci.org


Sweden- Aroma Abrashi, Åke Sander, Göran Larsson:

Aroma Abrashi is a former student at Gothenburg University, from where she obtained a MA degree in Global Studies. Having a BA in law from the University of Hull, she always had a keen interest in justice and equality. The combination of her two degrees resulted in a MA thesis discussing Islamophobia in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, defended in November 2015- a topic she had first written about during her law degree. She has a multidisciplinary understanding of global political economy, and sees a future in the research field of Islamophobia. Currently Aroma is also admitted to the Granada Summer School teaching ‘Critical Muslim Studies’ organized by UC Berkley professor Ramon Grosfoguel. In this report Aroma has been supervised by Prof. Åke Sander and Prof. Göran Larsson from the Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion at Gothenburg University. aroma_abrashi@hotmail.com

Dr. Åke Sander is currently Professor of psychology and sociology of religion at the department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion, Gothenburg University, Sweden. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Gothenburg. He has previously been lecturer in philosophy, the Director of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Contact and International Migration, and senior lecturer in systematic theology at the same university.  Over the years, the defining feature of Professor Sander’s research has been the attempt to know and understand the phenomena of religion and religiosity and their influence on people’s ways of experiencing, thinking, feeling and acting. Sander has also been teaching at a number of universities in the world. He has published several books and close to 100 book chapters and articles. His latest publications include Larsson, G. ; Sander, Å. (2015). “An Urgent Need to Consider How to Define Islamophobia”. Bulletin for the Study of Religion. 44 (1) s. 13-17; Sander, Å. (2015). Norm and Value Changes in a Globalized World. Den Trogne Arbetaren i Vingården. Festskrift till Bo Claesson. s. 119-144. Göteborg: LIR skrifter; Sander, Å. (2015). Phenomenological reduction and yogic meditation: commonalities and divergencies. Journal of East-West Thought. 5 (1) s. 29-60. aake.sander@religion.gu.se

Göran Larsson, Dr., Professor in Religious Studies, Gothenburg University. While Larsson’s research is focused primarily on Islam and Muslims in Europe, he has also written about Islamic theology, Quranic studies and issues related to religion and the media. In addition to his academic work he was also secretary to the Ministry of Education’s 2008-2009 inquiry into the training of Imams in Sweden.

Larsson’s most recent publications are the edited volume, Muslims and the New Information and Communication Technologies: Notes from an Emerging Field, published by Springer in 2013 (edited together with Thomas Hoffmann) and Muslims and the New Media: Historical and Contemporary Debates, published by Ashgate in 2011. He has also collaborated with professor Åke Sander on the publication Islam and Muslims in Sweden: Integration or Fragmentation? A Contextual Study, published by Verlag in 2007.  goran.larsson@religion.gu.se


Switzerland-  Saira Bano Orakzai:

Saira Bano Orakzai is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, University of Free States , South Africa. She earned her Ph.D in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of New England, Australia. She won Australian Award Scholarship for Ph.D. studies 2009-2013 . She is also a Higher Education Commission Visiting Assistant Professor at the Institute of Peace and Conflict studies, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. In 2015, she has been selected as the Centre for Strategic and International Studies International fellow, Washington D.C. She has been Charles Wallace Trust fellow at the Human Rights Consortium 2013-2014 , University of London and Visiting scholar at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. In 2010 , she was the Caux Scholar, Peacebuilder forum, Initiative of Faith, Switzerland. She has 11 journal publications and working on two edited volumes on peace and conflict studies. Her latest publication includes ‘Islamophobia and the Making of Discourses’, Islamophobia Yearbook 2015, Cultural Resources of Peacebuilding for the Conflict in FATA: The Philosophy of Abdul Ghaffar Khan and KhudaiKhidmatgar Movement”, Journal of Conflict Engagement and Negotiations, 2015, The Post 2011 Insurgency in Libya and Neo- Liberal Peacebuilding: Sketching the Path to Reconciliation, John Idriss Lahai and Tanya Lyons (ed) African Frontiers: Insurgency, Governance and Peacebuilding in Post-Colonial States, Ashgate publishers, 2015. orakzai.saira@gmail.com


United Kingdom- Arzu Merali:

Arzu Merali is a writer and researcher based in London, UK. She is one of the founders of Islamic Human Rights Commission (an NGO with consultative status with the United Nations, set up in 1997) and heads its research section. She has authored various academic and journalistic articles, reports and books on human rights and social justice issues, including and especially Islamophobia. Her latest publications include Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK (2015) with Saied R. Ameli and ‘La cooptación del feminismo islámico en el euro-islam y La pérdida de La Liberación’ in Tabula Rasa. No.21: 91-109, Julio-Diciembre. She has presented her work at various fora including the United Nations. Merali is a permanent faculty member of the Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies summer school. She focuses on Islamic Feminsim, human rights and grammars of human dignity.