Arun Kundnani: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War of Terror (in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas)
Thursday 6th March 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Bristol, Foyles, 6 Quakers Friars, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BU
Literary Event, Chargeable Event
Since 9/11 the War on Terror focused on targeting foreign enemies in faraway places. It has now set its sights on a new enemy - the 'homegrown' or domestic terrorist. Arun Kundnani, an expert in this area, critiques the root of domestic anti-terror policies to expose the anxiety, intolerance and racism that inform them. In this Bristol Festival of Ideas talk he discusses his book The Muslims are Coming!, which looks at the extent of national security surveillance used in both the UK and the US and argues that this is a systematic violation of the rights of Muslims, and that the War on Terror could not be sustained without the racialized dehumanization of its Muslim victims.
Arun Kundnani is Adjunct Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, and teaches terrorism studies at John Jay College. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Leiden University, Netherlands, an Open Society Fellow, and the Editor of the journal Race and Class. He is the author of The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain.
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