Monday, February 06, 2006

After 7/7

This popped into my inbox last week - looks good:


A Panel Discussion: After 7/7

The Race Forum (British Sociological Association) in collaboration with the new Xenos research initiative (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College) has organised a panel of leading thinkers to consider the aftermath of the July 7 2005 bombings in London Wednesday 15th February 2006, 5.30pm., Lecture Theatre, Ben Pimlott Building, Goldmiths College, New Cross

• Have anti-war, anti-racist and other progressive critics of a new phase of Western global military hegemony articulated an effective response to the events of 7/7?
• Have progressives adequately considered the nature, reach and challenge of the geopolitics of ´Islamist terrorism´?
• Do existing varieties of anti-racist politics offer anything in understanding and responding to the precarious conditions of a perpetual ´war against terror´?
• What are the challenges faced in rejecting UK government policy and discourse, based on a valuing religious group identities (such as Muslim communities), while forging local and transnational alliances with groups under threat and saturation surveillance?
• What political and ethical spaces are available to critics of both a US-led ´Empire´ and transnational jihadist movements?

Panellists:

Avtar Brah (Birkbeck College, Univesity of London) - Chair / Discussant

Chetan Bhatt (Goldsmiths College, University of London)

Suresh Grover (The Monitoring Group, London)

S.Sayyid (University of Leeds)

Nira Yuval-Davis (University of East London)

Programme:

5.30pm Introduction and Panel Discussion

7.30pm Launch of Xenos Research Initiative

This is a free event but spaces may be limited. You must register in advance to reserve a place - for further information, email: sanjay.sharma@brunel.ac.uk or a.toscano@gold.ac.uk

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