Nijmegen September 15, 2016

“Islamophobia – rooted in our politics?”, a lecture and discussion as part of the Radboud Reflects series at Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, Holland.

Dublin January 20, 2016

A conversation on Islamophobia, extremism and the War on Terror with Dr David Landy of the Department of Sociology, Trinity College, Dublin.

New York April 2, 2015

A discussion of political prisoners, resistance, and mass incarceration with Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Laura Whitehorn as part of the Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series at the Schomburg Center. (In the video below, my presentation begins at 48.30.)

Washington, DC October 28, 2014

A discussion of The Muslims are Coming! at the New America Foundation, moderated by Peter Bergen.

Chicago June 27, 2014

A panel discussion with Deepa Kumar on racism, surveillance, and empire, at the Socialism 2014 conference, hosted by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change.

New York June 20, 2014

A panel discussion with Sohail Daulatzai and Nermeen Shaikh on the War on Terror and domestic oppression, at the Bluestockings bookshop.

London March 13, 2014

Discussion on “The Uses of Extremism” with Arun Kundnani, Liz Fekete, and Asim Qureshi. Hosted by the Institute of Race Relations and the International State Crime Initiative at King’s College, London.

Bradford March 7, 2014

Discussion of “The Costs of the War on Terror” with Hamja Ahsan, Arun Kundnani, Nisha Kapoor, Bobby Sayyid, and Mohammad Shabir. Hosted by Just West Yorkshire and University of Bradford Students’ Union.

Amherst Feb 27, 2014

Discussion of Islamophobia, racism, surveillance, and empire with Arun Kundnani and Deepa Kumar, held at UMass Amherst.

2 thoughts on “Events

  1. Greetings Arun,
    I just heard you or a soundbite statement from you on JULY 19th Takeaway Radio show. Although I agree with your statement about the escalation of islamophobia from top anti Muslum groups but do want to point out that I lived through the Iran Hostage Crisis during the Carter administration and watched it unfold on TV like the nightly news and then again on the Nightline news show. Anti American demonstrations, flag burnings, shouts of kill Americans and Iran demonstrators hatred and anger to America and American was very raw and NEW to me and friends and family. It seemed that formed many Americans fear of Islam. I wanted to know what you thought of that time period events an it’s impact on our thoughts and beliefs.

    • Thank you for your comment. I think you’re right that the 1979 Iranian revolution and its aftermath was a key event in the emergence of Islamophobia. But it wasn’t the event itself that caused Islamophobia but the way it was presented within the US. After all, why should what protestors are saying in one country be taken as representative of Islam as a whole? And why should the anger at those demonstrations be taken as expressive of the inherent nature of Islam? The fact that you and many others in the US understand the hostage crisis as your first “encounter” with Islam is the result of a media discourse presenting it that way, more than anything to do with those events in themselves. And that was the point I was trying to make on the radio.

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