Spheres of Influence is hosting a new workshop entitled “Muslim Representation in Western Media” on Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 PM (PDT).

In recent years, media outlets have become substantially powerful. As media channels have become a salient part of our society, individuals primarily rely on the media for information. Thus, the media greatly influences the way we perceive the world around us. Although varying forms of media benefit us in many ways, scholars argue that the media we consume project specific messages including messages with racist undertones. This workshop will analyze the representation of Muslims in “Western” media such as popular media, news media, and social media. Further, the workshop will take into account the impact of the varying representations and how to critically assess the media we consume.

The workshop will feature Sabah Ghouse, a MA student at SFU studying Equity Studies in Education. Her research primarily centres on hate crimes and violence against religious minorities, with a concentration in Islamophobia. In order to demonstrate the complexities surrounding Muslim experiences, her work further unravels the gendered and racialized dimensions of Islamophobia. Moreover, she also explores and recommends tangible solutions to address religious discrimination. Outside of school and work, she loves going to the beach, watching documentaries, and finding new cafes.

The workshop will be hosted on Zoom and is free for all SOI members and volunteers, and accessible for others through donations. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.