[act-ma] 5/09 Is Islamophobia accelerating global warming?

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Sat May 7 07:36:15 PDT 2016

Is Islamophobia accelerating global warming?

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 5:00pm

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

      Ghassan Hage

Ghassan Hage 
<http://ssps.unimelb.edu.au/about/staff/professor-ghassan-hage> is 
Future Generation Professor in the School of Philosophy, Anthropology 
and Social Inquiry, University of Melbourne

Introduced By Bettina Stoetzer 
<http://mitgsl.mit.edu/faculty-staff-detail/bettina-stoetzer>, Global 
Studies And Languages

        Mon. May 9  5:00 pm
        MIT Building 2-105(room) <http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=2>

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 

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 Languages, Global Borders
        Research Collaboration, MIT Anthropology

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