White Supremacy in the Age of Terror

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm




What does the anthropology of white supremacy have to say about the Global War on Terror? Junaid Rana will discuss the concepts of racial becoming and racial infrastructure as part of an ethnographic description of everyday life in a working class Pakistani neighborhood in New York.

More broadly this work examines how white supremacy has conjured Islam and Muslims as an object of racecraft that under current rubrics of policing solidify a wide range of law enforcement of communities of color.

Junaid Rana is Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with appointments in the Department of Anthropology, the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.

Professor Rana is the author of Terrifying Muslims: Race and Labor in the South Asian Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2011), winner of the 2013 Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in the Social Sciences. Terrifying Muslims highlights how transnational working classes from Pakistan are produced, constructed, and represented in the context of American empire and the recent global War on Terror.  Drawing on ethnographic research that compares Pakistan, the Middle East, and the United States before and after 9/11, this study combines cultural and material analyses to chronicle the worldviews of Pakistani labor migrants as they become part of a larger global racial system. He explains how these migrants’ mobility and opportunities are limited by colonial, postcolonial, and new imperial structures of control and domination.

Professor Rana served as the inaugural editor of Critical Ethnic Studies (2014-2016), the journal of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association.  His publications have appeared in American Quarterly, Cultural DynamicsJournal of Asian American StudiesSocial Text, Souls, and the edited anthologies Pakistani Diasporas (Oxford, 2009), State of White Supremacy (Stanford, 2011), Reinventing Race, Reinventing Racism (Brill, 2012), Dispatches from Pakistan (Leftword, 2012; Minnesota, 2014), Between the Middle East and the Americas (Michigan, 2013), and The Sun Never Sets (NYU, 2013).  

Sponsored by the Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC), and the Social Science Matters Speakers Series.

Bernie Dallas Room in Goodall Hall


Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall
Amherst, MA 01003
United States
Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Hall Amherst MA