Politics Theory Other podcast September 1, 2022

Alex Doherty interview on “The racial constitution of neoliberalism.” We talked about how neoliberalism has generated novel forms of racism that cannot be understood simply as residual phenomena from the pre-neoliberal era, why it was that the key neoliberal thinkers were as fixated on defeating leftist movements in the global south during the Cold War as they were on defeating the European and American Labour movements, and finally we talked about whethzer it is possible to imagine a form of capitalism that is able to dispense with racialisation.

Conjuncture podcast February 17, 2022

Interview by Jordan T. Camp on racial capitalism, counterinsurgency, Islamophobia, surveillance, and national security policies in the United States and the United Kingdom.

The Majlis podcast January 19, 2022

A discussion with Adnan Husain on the intersections between imperialism and military invasion abroad, and their effect on the security and surveillance of Muslims to understand how Islamophobia underwrote both foreign and domestic policies in the US, UK, Canada and beyond.

WRFG radio October 4, 2021

Interview with Heather Gray on the Just Peace radio show, discussing the imprisonment of Jamil Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown.

Conspiracy Games and Countergames podcast May 31, 2021

A discussion with Max Haivan, A.T. Kingsmith, and Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou on two decades of Islamophobic conspiracy fantasies of the War on Terror and thinking about radical responses to a world of neoliberal warlordism.

Havens Wright Center for Social Justice, Madison, WI October 15, 2020

In recent years, activists and scholars have used the term ‘racial capitalism’ to describe the symbiosis between racism and capitalism. The promise of the term lies in its apparent bridging of the class struggle and the struggle against white supremacy, allowing us to understand police violence and mass incarceration as linked to but not reducible to capital accumulation. This presentation offers a clarification of what the term ‘racial capitalism’ might mean. It suggests that we reconstruct the term’s meaning from the work of scholars based in the UK in the late 1970s and early 1980s: exiles from the movement against South African apartheid, who first used the term ‘racial capitalism’ at that time; the African-American scholar Cedric Robinson, who was then based in the UK working on his influential book Black Marxism; and Stuart Hall, the British-Jamaican scholar who never used the term but, in his work during this period, offered the most effective account of racism’s imbrication with capitalism.

Radboud Universiteit, 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.

Trinity College, 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.

CNN December 8, 2015

Arun Kundnani, Scottie Hughes, and Kurt Schlichter discuss Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US.

BBC Radio November 18, 2015

Richard Bacon interview, BBC Radio 5

Schomburg Center 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.)

New America Foundation October 28, 2014

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

Fox Radio April 8, 2014

Alan Colmes interview, Fox Radio

2 thoughts on “Speaking

  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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