Lectures and discussionsTwo public lectures: Leeds: 9th November 2017 and London: 20th November 2017
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 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.
Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger
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.
Karima Laachir is the Senior Researcher and leader of the Maghreb case study of MULOSIGE. Her research area focuses on cultural studies in the Middle East North Africa region and on the intersection between culture and politics (cultural politics) in the Arabic speaking region.
She also works on the connected multi-lingual literary history of modern and contemporary Arabic literature with a particular focus on the Maghreb region.