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Derya Iner is the research coordinator and senior lecturer at the CISAC. Derya completed her PhD in Cultural Studies (major) and Gender and Women's Studies (minor) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), USA in 2011. While doing so, she also taught two subjects per semester. In her dissertation, she studied the intellectual debates in the Turkey's transformation era from the empire to the republic. She particularly focused on the mostly debated topics of the time by the Westernist, Islamist and nationalist intellectuals. These topics were constitutionalism, status of women, educational reforms, minorities, and nationalism. These debates were, indeed, quite reflective of the intellectual discussions of the other imminent Muslim nation-states.

Derya published on the early twentieth century's intellectual life and print culture and paid particular attention to the Ottoman women of the early twentieth century. In her following projects, Derya focused more on contemporary debates and issues on Muslims, Muslim youth, Muslim women and Islam in the West, particular in Australia. She recently conducted research on religious identity formation of Australian Muslim youth, Islamophobia in Australia, halal debate in Australia.

Derya convened the Australasian Conference (ACI) of Islam series and organised the ACI'1— Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies in 2013 and ACI'2— Radicalisation and Islamophobia: Roots, Relationships and Implications in Religiously Diverse Societies in 2015.  Under the leadership of CISAC and in collaboration with the other national and an international partner universities, ACI conferences received worldwide academic and public attention. Derya also took roles in organising international Islam conferences. The major ones are the Muslim-Christian Relations and Islamophobia: Fear of the Other Conference (2009), From Dialogue to Collaboration: The Vision of Fethullah Gülen (2009) hosted by Australian Catholic University and Monash University and the International Conference on Islam I  (2005) and International Conference on Islam II: Islam in the Age of Globalism, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (2006).

Research Interests

Derya's research interests can be listed as

  • Islam in the West: Islamophobia, Radicalisation, Muslim youth identity, religious identity formation, citizenship, social cohesion/multiculturalism in Australian and in the West
  • Women in Islam, Islamic cultures and civilisations in past and present
  • Early 20th century intellectual history and intellectuals especially the Islamists and transnational Islamic movements.


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