Revisiting Fanon: Lessons for Critical Race & Decolonial Struggles – presentation

Tonight Free University of Western Sydney is hosting a screening of Concerning Violence, the Goran Olsson film which uses archival footage of anticolonial struggles to contextualise Chapter 1 of Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. Omar Bensaidi and I will be chairing the discussion. Here is the presentation we have prepared with the text below.

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On making refugees work for us

ImmigrantTwo recent comments summarise the problem with responding to Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s base level Powellian dog-whistling racism with pictures of successful refugees.

Somayra Ismailjee‘s Engaging with Dutton’s Rhetoric is a Slippery Slope.

Somayra Ismailjee 19 May 2016

Somayra Ismailjee 19 May 2016

And this from Rise Refugee

RISE Refugee 20 May 2016

RISE Refugee 20 May 2016

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Revisiting Fanon: Lessons for Critical Race & Decolonial Struggles

IMG_5107On Thursday May 26 the Free University of Western Sydney will be hosting a special screening of the documentary Concerning Violence by Goran Hugo Olsson. Omar Bensaidi and I will be hosting a discussion afterwards at the Bankstown Arts Centre. All Welcome.

More details here.

State Murder – Updated

This post has had to have been updated to another death of a young man – a victim of state racism leading directly to the neglect of his health and ultimately the loss of his life – on Nauru on May 11 2016. Rakib – from Bangladesh, died of multiple heart attacks at Nauru hospital, age 26.

On 29 April 2016, another young man was killed by the Australian government’s policy of mass punishment by forced, indefinite incarceration. 23 year old, Omid is added to the list of deaths, Nauru concentration camp.

Reza Berati

Reza Berati

Reza Berati, killed on 17 February 2014, Manus Island concentration camp, age 23

Hamid Kehazaei

Hamid Kehazaei

Hamid Kehazaei, died due to negligence in the Manus Island concentration camp, Brisbane, 4 September 2014, age 24.

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Divestment protestors occupy Australian Council of Superannuation Investors Conference

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 14.23.07Reposting news of this very important action by Divest from Detention activists:

Text of pamphlet distributed at meeting of Australian Council of Superannuation investors annual conference, Melbourne, 10th May 2016.

This morning, 10th May 2016, the Divest from Detention network has targeted the annual conference of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) in Melbourne:

Mandatory detention cannot be risk managed: close the camps
In August 2015, in the wake of HESTA’s decision to divest from Transfield, it was reported that ACSI was “seeking more information” on the situation in the Manus and Nauru detention camps. Just in case ACSI and its member funds haven’t noticed, people are still being raped, illegally detained, tortured and are still dying on Manus and Nauru, all on the dime of some of Australia’s largest super funds. Compensation for illegal detention on Manus Island is likely to run into the millions if not billions.
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Free Speech and Religious Freedom after Charlie Hebdo and Section 18C

On April 7, I was invited to participate in a round table on ‘Free Speech and Religious Freedom after Charlie Hebdo and Section 18C’ at the University of Wollongong by Tanja Dreher and Michael Griffiths on the occasion of Anshuman Mondal‘s visit to the University. Here are the slides from my brief presentation which touched on recent events in France and made an attempt to connect them to issues arising from the theorisation of the postracial.

I also gave a response to Mondal’s lecture, ‘Freedom of Expression and Religious Freedom in Contemporary Multiculture’, the text of which I reproduce here. Continue reading

Free Speech and Religious Freedom after Charlie Hebdo and Section 18C

Roundtable-ŒFree-Speech-and-Religious-Freedom-after-Charlie-Hebdo-and-Section-18C¹-1bix0wm-723x1024I am speaking at this event at the University of Wollongong. My brief talk will be looking at racism denial as central to postracialism. My main focus will be the recent, openly Islamophobia, editorial by Charlie Hebdo, the Islamophobic and anti-Black statements by French Minister for Families Laurence Rossignol, and the ‘successful’ law suit for ‘anti-white racism’ taken by French republican antiracist organisations. I will be basing my comments on the activism and scholarship of figures central to the French decolonial antiracist movement principally, Houria Bouteldja, Sadri Khiari, Ndella Paye, and Brigade Anti-Negrophobie.