MIT Presentation: Is Islamophobia Accelerating Global Warming?

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TN Note: The headline itself is incredulous. The content of the class is even more so. Nevertheless, it has standing and credibility because it is being sponsored by the prestigious MIT. 
Monday, May 9, 2016 – 5:00pm

The Ecology and Justice Forum In Global Studies And Languages Presents:

Ghassan Hage

Ghassan Hage is Future Generation Professor in the School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry, University of Melbourne

Introduced By Bettina Stoetzer, Global Studies And Languages

Mon. May 9
5:00 pm

This talk examines the relation between Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today and the ecological crisis. It looks at the three common ways in which the two phenomena are seen to be linked: as an entanglement of two crises, metaphorically related with one being a source of imagery for the other and both originating in colonial forms of capitalist accumulation. The talk proposes a fourth way of linking the two: an argument that they are both emanating from a similar mode of being, or enmeshment, in the world, what is referred to as ‘generalised domestication.’

Ghassan Hage has held many visting positions across the world including in Harvard, University of Copenhagen, Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and American University of Beirut. He works in the comparative anthropology of nationalism, multiculturalism, diaspora and racism and on the relation between anthropology, philosophy and social and political theory. His most well-known work is White Nation: Fantasies of white supremacy in a multicultural society (Routledge 2000). His is also the author of Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropology and the Radical Imaginary (Melbourne University Press 2015). He is currently working on a book titled Is Islamophobia Accelerating Global Warming? and has most recently published a piece in American Ethnologist, titled: “Etat de Siege. A Dying Domesticating Colonialism?” (2016) that engages with the contemporary “refugee crisis”  in Europe and beyond.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Global Studies and Laguages, Global Borders Research Collaboration, MIT Anthropology

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Ray Songtree

I think the speaker is just fishing for attention. I guess he is getting it.

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Doug Harrison

For a start Islamaphobia is not racism. Islam is a political system which, while it was started by an Arab, is not confined by race. Like most political ideas it uses religious fervour to indoctrinate its young and its converts to a set of ideas that may have had some value when they were first proposed but have not been refined to deal with the realities of modern life