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Race, class, gender and the ‘white left’

BHMI was invited by Luqman Onikosi at Sussex University to address Black History Month, an event I used to enjoy immensely during my time there. I highlight for me was chairing the Black Panther speaking tour back in 2008. Luqman asked me to speak on the problematic separation between race, class and gender, and I’m not sure how much justice I did to that massive subject. However, the following text include some reflections on the question of what race is, the problematic misunderstanding of race in the approach taken by Lisa McKenzie in her recent Guardian article, ‘The Refugee crisis will hit the UK’s working class areas the hardest‘, and what I see as the blindness of the white left opposition to identity politics. Please note that these reflections are schematic and I might work it up into a longer article in due course.

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Racism, Western Sydney & Responses

I was delighted to be asked to participate in the panel on Racism, Western Sydney & Responses organised as part of Diversity Fest at Western Sydney University in September. The panel asked the hard questions about race, visibility, the white left, the curriculum. As Linda Martin Alcoff who honoured use…

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Postracial Silences

On September 17, I gave a talk at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University, Postracial Silences. In it I explored the themes I have taken up in four recent papers on the occlusion of race in mainstream sociology and the foreclosure of racism, which has become…

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Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

I’ll be on the panel discussing the documentary Evaporating Borders at the Melbourne Human Rights Arts and Film Festival on Monday May 11. I’ll be speaking alongside Angela Mitropoulos. Evaporating Borders is directed by Iva Radivojevic and is set in Cyprus. Cyprus is one of the easiest entry points into…

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Being Creative/Resisting Islamophobia

The Sydney Seminar for Culture and Society on creative responses to Islamophobia, a conversation between myself, race critical scholar, Yassir Morsi, novelist and researcher, Randa Abdel-Fattah and visual artist, Abdul Abdullah will be broadcast on the ABC Radio National Big Ideas show on April 8 at 20h05. Listen in or…

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Politics in the Pub

Politics in the pubI 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 and begins at 18.30. I hope to see you there.


Here is the text of my talk from last Thursday’s event. A video will be made available soon.

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