Monthly Archives: November 2014

UoB Islamophobia Awareness Week begins today

This week is UoB Islamophobia Awareness Week, in collaboration between BEMA, University of Birmingham Islamic society and University of Birmingham Ahlul Bayt society.
Come to the events being held this week, look out for the ‘What Islamophobes Say’ social media campaign and join in the discussion using #UoBIAW14

UoB Islamophobia Awareness Week

Mon 24 Nov – 6pm – Nuffield G17

‘Discussing Islamophobia’
Student-led seminar with Muslim students at UoB, Abdel Rahman Mussa and Chris Allen (Professor).

Tue 25 Nov – 7pm – Arts LR7
Documentary screening ‘Zone of Nonbeing: Guantanamo’

Documentary on Guantanamo Bay, Drone warfare and the institutionalisation of Islamophobic racism within the USA.
Followed by Q&A + discussion with Turab Shah (Writer/Director) and Arzu Merali (Producer)

Wed 26 Nov – 5pm – Arts LR5
‘Challenging Islamophobia’
workshops, including deconstructing Islamophobia and challenging Islamophobic stop & search
led by
Taher Gulamhussein (STOPwatch), Alaa Elaydi (NUS) and Hilary Aked.

Thu 27 Nov – 6pm – Arts LR2
The ‘Good-Muslim’/’Bad-Muslim’ Myth
panel discussion
featuring Salman Sayyid (Author of ‘Thinking Through Islamophobia’),
Malia Bouattia (NUS Black Students’ Officer),
Oliur Rahman (Deputy Mayor of Tower Hamlets),
Afroze Zaidi-Jivraj (Researcher in Islamophobia)

All events are free and open to all.


UoB Islamophobia Awareness

Voting intention for Guild Council 13/11/2014


Hi all,
here’s how we intend to vote at the first Guild Council of the year, as representatives of BEMA.

On the student-run side of things, Guild Council is the highest democratic body of the Guild and is used to hold Guild Officers to account and decide the policy and campaigning direction of the Guild, through motions voted on by elected Councillors.

If you have any input or views on the motions we’d be happy to take them into consideration – also if you have views that you want shared at Council we can do that on your behalf.
Just contact us at

Guild Council is open to all members of the Guild, and takes place from 6-10:45pm on Thursday the 14th of November in the Guild Council Chambers (1st floor of the Guild).


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Applications for BEMA Reps and Black History Month 2014 feedback

*BEMA Reps applications & Black History Month 2014 feedback*
Deadline: Wednesday 12th November, midnight

Deadline extended to Friday 14th November, midnight
Applications are open to students in all years who self-define as BME.

BEMA rep positions provide a chance for BEMA members to get more actively involved with the Association, working alongside the committee to help develop, organise and promote events and campaigns that BEMA holds, and you can work on whatever aspect of our operations you feel most comfortable with.
Applications should take no more than 10-15 minutes.

Also please provide feedback for our Black History Month if you attended, at the link (even if you don’t want to apply to be a Rep), it’ll help us hold events/address topics in the future that matter to our members most.