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Conference Final Programme

 Monday 20th September 2010


10:00 – 10:30

Coffee and Welcome

10:30 – 10:45

Background: The ESRC Project and Conference

10:45 – 12:15

Panel 1 “Women from Muslim Communities: Beyond Europe” (Chair: Daniele Joly)

  • Cassandra Balchin (Researcher & activist; part of MWNUK, Musawah and WLULM, London)Title: “Women’s transnational engagement for equality and justice in the Muslim Family”
  • Afiya Zia (Independent researcher and activist, Karachi, Pakistan)
    Title: “The politics of researching the organic Muslim woman”
  • Nicola Pratt (Associate Professor in Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick) Title: “Middle East women’s activism”

12:15 – 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:00

Panel 2 “Women from Muslim Communities: Private and Public Spaces” (Chair: Nicola Pratt)

  • Amel Boubekeur (Associate Research Fellow, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
    Title: TBC
  • Nacira Guénif-Souilamas (Associate Professor, University of Paris 13)
    Title: “How can one be a female, French Muslim? On the invention of an oxymoron”
  • Maleiha Malik (Professor in Law, Kings College London)
    Title: “On headscarves: accommodating religious symbols in schools and the workplace”

15:00 – 15:30

Tea Break

15:30 – 17:00

Panel 3 “Local Perspectives: Building Political Engagement and Movements Around Political, Socio-Economic and Cultural Issues” (Chair: Nacira Guénif-Souilamas)

  • Nadia Falfoul (Local Councillor, Bobigny; Doctoral Candidate in Law, University of Paris 13) Title: TBC
  • Shaista Gohir (Director: Muslim Women’s Network UK, Birmingham)
    Title: “Cultural taboos related to sexuality: getting difficult issues onto public agendas”
  • Rokhaya Diallo (Director: Association Les Indivisibles, Paris)
    Title: “Representing Muslim women in French public space”


 Tuesday 21st September 2010


09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 11:00

Panel 4 “Women from Muslim Communities in Europe: With or Against the State” (Chair: Faeeza Vaid)

  • Sara Silvestri (Senior Lecturer in Religion and International Politics, City University, London)
    Title: “From categories to human beings: Muslim women in the variable geometry of Europe”
  • Katherine Brown (Kings College London)   
    Title: “Muslim women and proscribed political violence”
  • Dr Laura McDonald (Lecturer in Sociology, University of Birmingham)
    Title: “Engaging with security: challenges for activist Muslim women in the UK”

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45

Panel 5 “Women from Muslim Communities and Politics”  (Chair: Katherine Brown)

  • Daniele Joly (Professor in Ethnic Relations, University of Warwick)
    Title: “Muslim women: theatres of action”
  • Khursheed Wadia (Senior Research Fellow, University of Warwick)
    Title: “Women from Muslim communities in Britain and France: political participation and issues”
  • Giulia Fabbiano (Associate Research Fellow, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) and Alexandra Poli (Research Fellow, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris)
    Title: “Who are ‘Muslim women’ in France? Deconstructing the implicit evidence of a category”

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30

Round-Table Session 1: Issues of Concern to Women from Muslim Communities (Chair: Khursheed Wadia)

15:30 – 16:00

Tea Break

16:00 – 17:00

Round-Table Session 2: Engagement and Mobilisation Strategies and Shaping Public Agendas (Daniele Joly)


Close of conference