CeASR Seminar- “Why do you have a mask on? Have you got a really ugly face?”: Veiled Muslim Women’s Experiences of Islamophobia, Misogyny and Sexual Harassment
Crime, Justice and Society Programme
Speaker: Dr Irene Zempi, Nottingham Trent University
Veiled Muslim women occupy intersecting positions in terms of religion, gender and appearance. They are commonly portrayed as oppressed, ‘culturally dangerous’ and ‘threatening’ to notions of public safety and security by virtue of being fully covered in the public sphere. Veiled Muslim women are also seen as ‘other’ to the Western way of life in terms of how women dress and behave. Drawing from qualitative data elicited through a UK-based study, this paper reflects upon the lived experiences of veiled Muslim women of Islamophobia, misogyny and sexual harassment, and examines the impacts of this victimisation upon themselves. Nottinghamshire Police is the only police force in the country to categorise misogyny as a form of hate crime - a decision that has created national and international interest. In light of this, this paper will also discuss the importance of expanding hate crime categories to include misogyny and the importance of this for veiled Muslim women themselves.
Irene is the Director of the Nottingham Centre for Bias, Prejudice & Hate Crime, and a Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Sociology, Nottingham Trent University. Irene has published widely on issues of gendered Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime. She is the co-author of the books: Islamophobia: Lived Experiences of Online and Offline Victimisation (Policy Press, 2016 with Dr Imran Awan) and Islamophobia, Victimisation and the Veil (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 with Dr Neil Chakraborti). Irene is also a board member of Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), Nottinghamshire Hate Crime Steering Group and Leicestershire Police Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel. Additionally, Irene has extensive experience as a practitioner working with victims of hate crime, domestic violence, volume crime and anti-social behaviour at Victim Support.
Refreshments available from 4.45pm