Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker discusses the anti-Muslim backlash following the Woolwich attack
CLOSE

Campus Map

Working with Coventry University

Working with Coventry University

Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

View current job vacancies.

We are currently experiencing some intermittent issues with our Web Recruitment System. Any vacancies which are due to close between today and Sunday have therefore been extended to Monday 15 September. If you do experience any problems over the weekend please email futures.hr@coventry.ac.uk and we will respond to you on Monday. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

LOG IN TO THE COVENTRY UNIVERSITY SITE

Staff portal:

Access the central point of information for all staff across the University

LOG IN TO THE STAFF PORTAL

student portal:

Check your assessments, access solar and get course information.

LOG IN TO THE STUDENT PORTAL
Back to News Results

Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker discusses the anti-Muslim backlash following the Woolwich attack

Date: 21/06/2013
News Category:


     

    The Centre’s Deputy Director Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker was interviewed for ITV Central News shown today on ITV1.


    Commenting on the recent reaction to the Woolwich attack and the impact on tensions within communities, Dr Elsdon-Baker said:

    The Woolwich attack highlighted an underlying problem, and it is really important to build a better understanding of the ways anti-Muslim sentiment is potentially becoming more normalised after all, the more everyday prejudice that can be most corrosive within society.


    We have to remember that hate crime is underreported. It is vital not to overlook the role of third party projects like Faith Matters’ Tell Mama project, which are really important in shedding at least some light on the real nature of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the UK. However, given the underreporting of such crimes, these kinds of project will still only give us indicative data. In short, this may be the tip of the iceberg. There was an initial spike in anti-Muslim hate crime immediately after the Woolwich attack - between the incident and the 6th June there were 252 hate crimes incidents logged with the Tell Mama project. Though the number of crimes being reported looks as though it may be returning to previous levels (which are still unacceptable), what is new is the intensity and severity of the hate crimes; for example the setting of fires at the Islamic centre in Muswell Hill and at a Muslim School in Kent. We did not see this kind of aggression over such a short period of time before the Woolwich attack.


    The most important thing to take away from this is that the brutal and unforgivable attack in Woolwich, and the equally unforgivable response of far right groups to it, are not simply a ‘Muslim community’ problem, but a societal problem, which we all need to take responsibility for tackling.

    The Centre for Social Relations is co-ordinating a workshop 'Woolwich and Beyond: Future action on social cohesion, the role of the British State and Muslim communities' in London on the 27th June in London working in partnership with Faith Matters, the Intercivil Society, the National Association of Muslim Police, and Lancaster University.


    For more information on the event please contact us socialrelationsevents@coventry.ac.uk or for anything else please email us at socialrelations@coventry.ac.uk


    To watch the report please visit the ITV news page here

    Related news