Victoria: ISIS, Sectarianism and Islamophobia: Middle East Studies Forum

The Middle East Studies Forum, the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation and the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights invites you to a public workshop: ISIS, Sectarianism and Islamophobia on Tuesday 16 June 2015 at Deakin University, Burwood Campus.

The issue of ISIS has presented Australia’s Muslim population with uncomfortable challenges. On the one hand community leaders have to address tensions along sectarian lines at the grass root level and on the other fend off the resurgence of anti-Islam rhetoric in the public space. In 2014, the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights launched a project to bridge the sectarian gap in Victoria. The Speaking across the Sectarian Divide project worked with Muslim youth to develop their capacity to deal with the complex environment and growing sectarianism tensions around the post-Syrian and post-Iraq IS incursion. This forum is an opportunity to contextualise this project and launch a set of fundings and recommendations.

The Honourable Robin Scott, Minister for Multicultural Affairs will be launching the Speaking across the Sectarian Divide Evaluation Report at 12:45pm.


  • Prof Kevin Dunn (University of Western Sydney): Islamophobia in Australia
  • Dr Benjamin Isakhan (Deakin University): ISIS origins and Heritage Destruction
  • Dr Virginie Andre (Deakin University): ISIS in Social Media
  • Ghaith Krayem (President of the Islamic Council of Victoria): Anti-Terrorism Laws and Racism
  • Saara Sabagh (Founding Director of Benevelonce Australia): Community and Leadership in the current environment
  • Albert Fatileh (Multicultural Liaison Officer at Victoria Police): Local Community Policing in the current security environment

What: ISIS, Sectarianism and Islamophobia

When: Tuesday 16 June 2015, 10:00 – 3PM

Where: Burwood Corporate Centre, Level 2, Building BC, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood


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