Excerpts on French anti-racism

Given recent concerns with racism in France following the Charlie Hebdo attacks on January 2015, I revisited some of the segments on anti-racism in France from my 2004 book, Racism and Anti-racism in Europe. The contemporary analyses of French approaches to race would have done well…

On State Racism and Philosemitism by Houria Boutledja

This is one of the singularly most important pieces I have read about racism in recent times. I will shortly post a longer commentary. However, suffice it to say that Houria Boutledja of Les Indigenes de la Republique, in this intervention made recently in Oslo, blows…

Sunrise by Partho Sen-Gupta Bound for Tribeca

I am happy to present the trailer for Sunrise, the beautiful film by my partner, the Indian director Partho Sen-Gupta. The film premiered at the Busan International Film Festival, Mumbai Film Festival, Dharamshala Film Festival, the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights and has…

Hello dear Reza

So begins the letter sent by detainees of Manus Island detention centre to their friend, Reza Berati, killed by his jailers, the agents of the Australian state one year ago today on the 17th of February, 2014. No one has yet stood trial for his murder,…

Politics in the Pub

I will be participating in Politics in the Pub, speaking on the topic ‘Islamophobia in Australia: The politics of race hate in neoliberal Australia’ on February 19 2015. The other speakers are Yassir Morsi and Jock Collins. The event is held at the Harold Hotel, Glebe…

Post-Race, Post-Politics among ‘most read’ for 2014

I was pleased to find out that my article, ‘Post-Race, Post Politics: the paradoxical rise of culture after multiculturalism’ made the list of ‘most-read’ articles among Taylor and Francis journals. The article was published in Ethnic and Racial Studies in which I have two more articles…

My Comment on ‘Blood’ by Gil Anidjar

I was asked to participate in an event recently organised by the Philosophy @ UWS initiative, Encountering the Author, a discussion of Blood: A Critique of Christianity by the Columbia University Professor of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Gil Anidjar. I could…

New Book: Racism & Sociology

My new edited collection, Racism and Sociology, co-edited with Wulf D. Hund is out.  It is part of the Racism Analysis Yearbook series published by Lit Verlag. The book includes cutting edge papers by Les Back and Maggie Tate, Sirma Bilge, Barnor Hesse, Silvia Maeso and…