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Monday 23 June, 20146:30pm – 9pmLondon Muslim Centre – The Seminar Room46 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JX Nearest tube: Aldgate East or Whitechapel.

The recent May European elections saw dramatic gains by far-right parties across the continent, including outright fascists, Islamophobes and neo-Nazis. Join this timely seminar to discuss the immediate to long-term impact and consequences of the surge in the far-right on community relations. Could this be described as a one-off protest vote or a permanent trend leading to further racism, Islamophobia and a more divided society?


Professor Raphael Liogier – Sociologist and Philosopher, Director of the “Observatoire des Religions” (Observatory of the Religious Phenomenons), Raphaël Liogier is a fully tenured French University Professor at the Political Studies Institute of Aix-en-Provence (Sciences Po Aix)  and teaches at the International College of Philosophy in Paris (Collège international de philosophie). He is Expert-Evaluator with the European Commission (FP: Framework Programmes in Humanities and Social Sciences) and a member of the Editorial Board of Social Compass: (International Review of Sociology of Religion). He is mainly working on belief systems, values, the theory of knowledge and cultural globalization, and he has recently produced extensive work on the rise of populism in Europe and the ideologies that sustain the anti-Muslim sentiment.

Alan Murray – President of the European Network on Religion and Belief (ENORB), and chairs the trustees of the All Faith and None (AFAN) programme. He was the Churches’ National Adviser on Further Education at the Archbishops Council from 2003-2008; a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Education at Kings College, London in 2008. He maintains a special interest in inter-faith work which he first developed working with Muslim colleagues whilst teaching in Algeria in the 1970s.

Shenaz Bunglawala – Head of Research at iEngage, which promotes engagement of British Muslims in British national life. She has taught undergraduate courses in political science at the LSE and King’s College, London. She sits on the Research Excellence Framework 2014 expert sub-panel for Theology and Religious Studies and advises on various AHRC/ESRC research projects. She is a Non-Resident Executive to the Razak School of Government in Malaysia and sits on the executive committee of Faith in Europe.

Dr Glyn Robbins – Chair of the United East End (UEE) coalition, which has been campaigning against Islamophobia and racism in Tower Hamlets, especially in response to threats from the English Defence League.  He has over 20 years of experience in community work, housing, urban regeneration, the voluntary sector and defending public services. He has a doctorate from the London Metropolitan University.

All welcome. Registration not required.

Info: | 020 7 456 1062

Supported by: European Network on Religion and Belief – Enough Coalition Against Islamophobia – United East End – The Cordoba Foundation