Is Islamaphobia accelerating global warming?

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


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

11 thoughts on “Is Islamaphobia accelerating global warming?”

  1. But, but, but…I thought global warming was a major CAUSE of Islamophobia – do they just keep powering each other along, like a perpetual-motion thingy?

  2. How could anyone expect anything less from an entity labeled “The MIT Ecology and Justice Forum In Global Studies And Languages”. They necessarily have a biased viewpoint in all that they do.

    Their very existence & funding depends on anti-white, anti-free market capitalism hate mongering.

  3. Islamaphobia is the dominant form of racism today, until someone kills you, your family or your your neighbors in the name of the religion.

    Usually racism involves a lack of rationality. I hate blue people just because. If blue people were going out of their way to kill me, and my family because I wasn’t blue, or was a Jew, and routinely said so, I think I would have good reason to be apprehensive, at least in some situations.

  4. The speaker has “held many visting positions:” translation: the guy is a grifter.

  5. “Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today” could only be uttered by someone totally ignorant of the racism inherent in Islam itself, a belief system nominally adopted by nearly one-third of the world population.

  6. Jacob – I agree with you. MIT has certainly lowered its standards for credible speakers and topics. I guess they couldn’t find a Mullah to dish out this hyperbole.

  7. Mmmm remind me are those Gulf States that produces all that oil the same Gulf States that follow Islam? Or is it April 1st? Oh my!

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