Lecture and Discussion

An event to mark the 20th anniversary of the Runnymede report on Islamophobia, 1997

Introduced and chaired by Abdoolkarim Vakil.

Welcome address by Baroness Valerie Amos CH PC.

Baroness Julia Neuberger – Looking back, looking ahead.

Lecture by Robin Richardson, Us and Them in this Age of Anxiety: past, present and possible futures, with responses by S. Sayyid.

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London Programme

Welcome – Chair Abdoolkarim Vakil.

19.00 – 19.15: Welcome address by Baroness Valerie Amos.

19.15 – 19.35: Baroness Julia Neuberger – Looking back, looking ahead

19.35 – 20.05: Robin Richardson – Us and Them in this Age of Anxiety: past, present and possible futures.

20.05 – 20.25: Response: S. Sayyid.

20.25 – 21.00: Audience Q & A.

21.00: Chair to close:  followed by refreshments.

Lecture Details:

Date: 20th November 2017

Time: 19:00 – 21:00

Location:  Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University of London, Thornhaugh Street,  Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Notes on speakers

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.


Baroness Julia Neuberger is the Senior Rabbi at the West London Synagogue. In the 1990s she was a trustee of the Runnymede Trust and was instrumental in setting up the Runnymede Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia. Her publications include The Moral State We’re In (2005). She was raised to the peerage in 2004 and sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher.


Robin Richardson is a former director of the Runnymede Trust. Publications for which he has acted as editor or co-editor include A Very Slight Sleeper – the persistence and dangers of antisemitism (1994), Islamophobia—a challenge for us all (1997), The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain – the Parekh report (2000), Pointing the Finger – Islam and Muslims in the British media (2011) and Living with Difference – community, diversity and the common good (2015).


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.


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