Liz Fekete – Islamophobia and the politics of hate in Europe
Liz Fekete is
Executive Director of the Institute of Race Relations, author of A Suitable
Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe and is part of the
collective that publishes the international quarterly journal Race & Class.
She has written and spoken widely on issues of migration, race and security in
Europe and was an expert witness at the Basso Permanent People’s Tribunal and the
World Tribunal on Iraq.
In this lecture,
Liz Fekete will ask whether Islamophobia serves a function; drawing on her
recent research into the Oslo massacre and the European-wide assault on
multiculturalism, Liz will contextualise Islamophobia in terms of the policies
that give credence to the new politics of hate.
She warns that as austerity measures begin to bite, processes which
scapegoat and stigmatised foreigners, vulnerable minorities and anyone deemed
‘different’ for society’s ills are strengthened and the politics of fear and
the manipulation of division are part and parcel of wider pro war, neo-liberal
and neo-conservative agendas.
- 5.30 – Arrival
- 6.30 – Lecture
- 7.30 – Drinks and networking
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