Lectures and discussions

Two public lectures: Leeds: 9th November 2017 and London: 20th November 2017



Sayeeda Warsi

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi was co-chair of the Conservative Party from 2010 to 2012, and served as Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Minister of State for Faith and Communities under David Cameron, before her resignation in August 2014.

She chaired the Government’s Task Force for Islamic Finance and was responsible for the issuance of Britain’s first Sukuk, Islamic bond.

She is Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, an Advisor to Georgetown University Washington DC and Visiting Professor at St Mary’s – the oldest Catholic university in the UK.

In 2017 her first books was published, The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain, billed as “a vital book at a critical time”.

AbdoolKarim Vakil

AbdoolKarim Vakil is Lecturer in Contemporary History in the departments of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies and History at King’s College London. He co-editor with S. Sayyid of Thinking Through Islamophobia: Global Perspectives (2010) and co-author of Moçambique: Memória Falada do Islão e da Guerra (2011), an archival and oral history exploration of Portuguese colonial and counterinsurgency policies towards Muslims during the decolonisation war in Mozambique.

His research interests have ranged over Portuguese intellectual and cultural history, nationalism and national identity, Islamophobia and the comparative history of contemporary Muslim communities in Europe, and is currently involved with ReOrient: the Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.

AbdoolKarim has been academic advisor to Muslim organisations in Portugal and the UK.

Robin Richardson

Robin Richardson is a former director of the Runnymede Trust, and the manager of the Insted website on equality and diversity in education. He was the editor of the landmark Runnymede report on Islamophobia in 1997.

Valerie Amos

Baroness Valerie Amos joined as Director of SOAS University of London in September 2015. From 2010, she served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN. She served in a number of roles in the public sector including in local government and as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

Valerie was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership, change, management and strategy issues between 1994 and 1998. She was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 1997 and became a member of the Government in 1998. She was a Foreign Office Minister, Secretary of State for International Development, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She also served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN. In June 2016, she was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Julia Neuberger

Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE, is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue, second woman rabbi in the UK, and first to have a congregation of her own worldwide.

Baroness Neuberger chaired Camden & Islington Community Health Services Trust and was CEO of the King’s Fund. She is a cross bench Peer, Deputy Chairman of the Van Leer Group Foundation, and a Trustee of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and chaired the Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients, published in July 2013.

She is also a founding Trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable Trust, set up in memory of her parents, a Trustee of Full Fact and of the Rayne Foundation.

She is also an author and broadcaster, who is particularly interested in refugees and asylum seekers, mental health, housing and homelessness, and health inequalities.

S. Sayyid

S. Sayyid is Professor of Social Theory and Decolonial Thought at the University of Leeds.

He is the author of numerous works on Islamism, Islamophobia, critical theory; and the founding editor of ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.