Actual MIT Lecture: ‘Is Islamaphobia Accelerating Global Warming?’

Posted by on May 10, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Spoiler: No.

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).

Yeah, OK, he seems credible.

Children everwhere must arpire to be a “Future Generation Professor in the School of Philosophy, Anthropology and Social Inquiry,” whatever the hell that is. For a guy sniveling about alleged Islamophobia and so-called global warming, he sure does to have hangups about white people.


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