Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 00:00 to 02:30

Dr. Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, is to speak in Vancouver in March on how Islamophobia in America is rooted in centuries of conquest and colonialism, from the Crusades to the War on Terror.

An associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, Dr. Kumar provides a primer on how racism is as central to contemporary American imperialist policies as it was when war was waged against North America’s original inhabitants.  She explores historical encounters between Islam and the west, debunking the myth that it can be understand in terms of a “clash of civilizations” framework.

Dr. Kumar has written numerous articles in both scholarly journals and alternative media. Other books she has written include Outside the Box: Corporate Media and Globalization and the UPS Strike.

She has been featured as an expert in a range of media outlets from the BBC to NPR, USA Today, Iran Fars News and Hurriyat Daily News in Turkey.  Examining Islamophobia in the film Zero Dark Thirty, Dr. Kumar wrote recently in Mondoweiss that the controversy over whether the torture depicted was necessary to track Osama bin Laden ignores “a more significant message of this film: that extra judicial killing is good.  The film teaches us that brown men can and should be targeted and killed with impunity, in violation of international law.”

 

Schedule of presentations:

  • Sat., Mar. 2 at 7 p.m. at SFU Harbour Centre in Room 1700;
  • Mon., Mar. 4 at 12:30 p.m.at UBC in the Student Union Bldg. in Rm 207;
  • Mon., Mar. 4 at 7 p.m. at Kwantlen Polytechnical University in Surrey at the Conference Centre, Room A (CEDAR 1205A).
  • Tues., Mar. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at Langara College (Room TBA). 

The speaking tour is organized by the Seriously Free Speech Committee, a group committed to free expression of views on Israel/Palestine who are concerned about the growing intimidation, censorship and legal threats against individuals and organizations who criticize Israel's actions.

Dr. Kumar’s tour is supported by Hari Sharma Foundation. UBC Social Justice Committee and the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group; endorsed by Canada Palestine Association, Canada Palestine Support Network, South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), UBC Colour Connected, UBC Solidarity with Palestinian Human Rights Committee, Boycott Israel Apartheid Committee, Independent Jewish Voices, Siraat.

For more information, contact Brian Campbell, co-chair of the SFSC.  Phone: 604 254 1803  Email: [email protected]  To contact Dr. Deepa Kumar:  Email: [email protected]  Website: www.deepakumar.net

SFU Harbour Centre, UBC, Kwantlen, Langara College Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 15' 40.4136" N, 123° 6' 50.1372" W
British Columbia CA
Brian Campbell

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