Conference Programme

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Programme for PREVENT, Islamophobia and Civil Liberties conference


11-12.30 Opening Plenary – Prevent, Islamophobia and Civil Liberties

Facilitated by Nadine Almanasfi, President KCLSU

–       Arun Kundnaniauthor, The Muslims are Coming 

–       Rahmaan Mohammadi, student, ‘Palestine badge case’

–       Gareth Peirce,human rights lawyer

–       Malia Bouattia,NUS Black Students’ Campaign


12.30-1.45pm Sessions:


  1. Prevent and the assault on learning

Facilitated by Nadine El-Enany, Educators Not Informants

–       Alex Kenny, NUT Executive 

–       Ifhat Smith, parent of ‘eco-terrorism’ case

–        Patricia McManus, UCU NEC

–       Shelly Asquith, NUS VP Welfare


2. Defending health, welfare and equalities from the security state

Facilitated by Rachel Williams, KCLSU VP Welfare and Community 

– Dereck Summerfield, BJPsych Bulletin

– Suman Fernando, Royal College of Psychiatrists

– Dr Siema IqbalGP, Manchester


  1. Prevent as an attack on dissent

Facilitated by Kevin Blowe, NETPOL

–       David MillerSpinwatch

–       Karma NabulsiOxford University

–       Rachel Harger,Defend the Right to Protest

–       Chris Nineham,Stop the War Coalition


  1. Prevent, Islamophobia and the stigmatisation of muslim women

Facilitated by Rup Pahar. London Campaign Against Police and State Violence (LCAPSV)

–       Mariya Hussain, KCLSU VP Education-elect

–       Zlakha Ahmed, Apna Haq 

–       Amrit Wilson, South Asia Solidarity Group

–       Shenaz Bunglawala, MEND


1.45-2.15 Lunch break


2.15pm – 3.45pm Sessions: Getting organized


1.Legal Strategies and know your rights –

Facilitated by Milly Williamson, Brunel UCU 

-Haras Ahmed,Prevent Watch

-Vajahat Sharif, criminal litigator & Bindmans consultant


  1. HE –making our opposition effective

Facilitated by Noha Abou El Magd, Bristol SU

– Shuwanna AaronEdinburgh University

– Des Freedman,Goldsmiths UCU

– Yusuf Hassan,FOSIS


  1. Connecting together – Building community and regional networks

Facilitated by Waqas Tufail, Leeds Beckett University

– Irfan Raja, Waltham Forest Council of Mosques

– Rob Ferguson, Newham Stand up to Racism

– Caroline Russell, Green Party Councilor

– Aadam Siciid Muuse, NUS Black Students’ Officer-elect


    1. A Lost Decade – What is prevent preventing?

Facilitated by Gholam Khiabany, Goldsmiths College

–       Arun Kundnani, author

–       Rizwaan Sabir, Liverpool John Moores University

–       Liz Fekete, Institute of Race Relations

–       Jahan Mahmood, former Home Office counter terrorism adviser


4pm-5.30pm Prevent, Islamophobia and Institutional Racism

Facilitated by Hannah Dee, Defend the Right to Protest/Students Not Suspects

– Arzu Merali, Islamic Human Rights Commission

– Maz Saleem, daughter of late Mohammed Saleem

– Dr Jim Wolfreys, KCL author Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France (forthcoming 2017)

– Moazzam Begg, Former Guantanamo prisoner and Outreach Director CAGE

– Yasser Louati, Collective Against Islamophobia in France

– Yasmin Qureshi, MP Bolton South East


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