Lecture: Islamophobia, Racism, Surveillance, and Empire
February 27, 2014
UMass Amherst Campus
In response to the events of 9/11, the Bush administration launched a “war on terror” ushering in an era of anti-Muslim racism, or Islamophobia. However, 9/11 did not create Islamophobia, an ideology which has become the handmaiden of imperialism.
Our two speakers for this event are:
Dr. Deepa Kumar - Associate Professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire. Deepa Kumar's book examines the historic relationship between Islamophobia and the agenda of empire-building. She has offered her analysis on Islamophobia to numerous outlets around the world including the BBC, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Mexico's Proseco, China International radio, and Gulf News from Dubai.
Arun Kundnani - Author of The End of Tolerance Racism in 21st Century Britain and the forthcoming book, The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror. Arun Kundnani's work is about immigration from the Middle East and South Africa and the ways in which the War on Terror has cast brown people in the West. He looks at the experience of immigration but also how counter-terrorism policies in the US and UK reduce the complexity of immigrant experiences.
This event is FREE and open to the public! Books both by authors will be available. There will be time for Q&A and book signing by both authors.
Organized by: The UMass Amherst International Socialist Organization - ISO
Co-Sponsored By: Graduate Employee Organization (GEO), Graduate Student Senate (GSS), Black Student Union (BSU), Latinos Unidos (LU), Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success (CMASS), Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC), Political Science & Legal Studies Programs, Middle Eastern Studies Program, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.