The Changing Face of Racism

SACC and the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) are presenting twin conferences in London and Edinburgh. The twin conferences follow the successful Islamophobia Conference held by IHRC in London in 2014, supported by SACC.


The conference in 2014 focused on analysing institutional and structural forms of prejudice and hatred. Academics and activists from all over the UK attended the event, to take part in a discussion with an international panel of speakers. This year we hope to discuss how Islamophobia has evolved from and replaced biological racism from the colonial period. We will also place Islamophobia within the wider xenophobic narrative currently on the rise in Europe. Furthermore, the aim of the conference is to develop a discussion around ways we can articulate why Islamophobia is racism and how we can utilise this to fight against the rise of racism in Britain and Europe.


SACC and IHRC are committed to opposing state racism and islamophobia and to standing against the government’s Islamophobic ‘PREVENT’ strategy. The Edinburgh conference will include discussion of the escalating threat posed by ‘PREVENT’ in Scotland, and ways to resist it. Sheku Bayoh’s death in police custody in Kirkcaldy appears to have been at least partly a consequence of the Islamophobia-inspired  prejudices of officers who believed they were dealing with a terrorism incident, coupled with blatant anti-black racism that has apparently gone unchallenged within Police Scotland. We will be looking at the connections between these strands of racism, and at ways of fighting them.


Presented by SACC and IHRC. Supported by the Muslim Council of Scotland, the Stop the War Coalition Scotland, CAGE, the Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh (MWAE) and Unite Against Fascism Edinburgh (UAF Edinburgh).



11:00am to 5:00pm, Sat 12 Dec 2015



Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2JL


Moazzam Begg will be speaking at this event amongst many other speakers. 


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