The event will be hosted by SOAS Turkish Society and panellists will be, Dr Enes Bayrakli, Director of European Studies of SETA, Dr Farid Hafez from the University of Salzburg, Dr Aleksandra Lewicki from the Free University of Berlin, Professor Salman Sayyid from the University of Leeds and Dr Sebahattin Abdurrahman from SOAS University of London.
During the last debates in Europe, xenophobic, discriminatory and racist discourse and actions against the foreigners and Muslims living in many countries of European Union. Following the Elections in the USA, Brexit process in the UK and the recent wave of migrants to the country, xenophobia and Islamophobia became an acute risk and a threat to the peace, stability and multiculturalism in the EU.
To increase the awareness towards Islamophobia, in 2016 SETA started to publish an annual report, namely “European Islamophobia Report”, which covers the Islamophobia and related events in approximately 25 European countries. Up to now, to share the findings of “European Islamophobia Report 2015”, SETA has organised events in Ankara, Brussels, Sarajevo, Vienna, Washington D.C. and Warsaw.
On November 15, 2016, SETA will organise a panel in London/ UK in cooperation with British Institute of Turkish Affairs (BITAF). In this event, findings of the past year’s European Islamophobia Report and the events related to Xenophobia and Islamophobia happened so far in Europe.
The event will serve to draw attention to the rising level of Xenophobia and Islamophobia in the EU.