Islamophobia Across the Atlantic: Trump, Europe's Far Right, and the Place of Civil Society: CRG Thursday Forum Series

Lecture | March 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 691 Barrows Hall

 Dr. Farid Hafez

 Center for Race and Gender

Islamophobia Across the Atlantic: Trump, Europe's Far Right, and the Place of Civil Society
Dr. Farid Hafez, Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project

This talk discusses the emergence of Islamophobia in Europe and the USA and its specific role in party politics. It discusses the announcement and introduction of Trump's anti-Muslim policies at the backdrop of precedent policies in Europe. This talk will put Trump's anti-Muslim politics in a global context, looking at the 'Muslim ban', the criminalization of Muslim organizations, and other GOP policy claims from the perspective of transnational networks. At the same time, Hafez discusses the placement of current protest in the implementation of anti-Muslim politics. Although we can speak of a "global post-racial culture" (S. Sayyid) that has taken hold of Western societies, imagining them as post-racial, Hafez argues that the long-standing history of racism in the USA also implies much more resistance to overtly racist speech and acts. In contrast, the wide consent of a post-racial European imaginary allows European dominant societies to implement anti-Muslim legislation without major facing much dissent.

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