Wednesday 13 November, 11.00-15.00 Radboud University 

David Theo Goldberg Workshop

Tuesday 15 October,  20.00, De Balie Amsterdam

‘Multiculturalism is not dead: Tariq Modood & Fouad Laroui in discussion about multiculturalism & secularism’

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Thursday 9 May, 17.00-18.30, Spui 25 Amsterdam

‘Israel has a Jewish Problem: Self-Determination as Self-Elimination’

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Friday March 8th 2019

Honouring and Celebrating the Life of Saba Mahmood

commemorating saba mahmood

Monday October 22nd – University of Amsterdam

9:30-11:30: Sarah Bracke (University of Amsterdam, Sociology) EnGendering Europe’s Muslim Question

Sarah Bracke is Associate Professor of Sociology of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Amsterdam. She has written extensively about gender, religion (Islam and Christianity), secularism, and multiculturalism in Europe, with a focus on questions of subjectivity and agency. She is the principle investigator of the research project EnGendering Europe’s Muslim Question, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Vici grant), and is an executive editor of the journals Religion and Gender and Ethnography. 

14:30-16:00: Cengiz Barskanmaz (Max Plank Institute Berlin, Law) Framing Race and Law in Europe

This lecture will start with the following basic questions: 1) What is Race? 2) What is Law? and 3) What is Europe? In doing so, the historical, epistemological, sociological and legal connections among these three questions will be elaborated, without equating or reducing race to racism, without reifying law as a monolithic field, and without homogenising Europe. Furthermore, race will be discussed from an intersectional perspective, i.e. including gender, ethnicity, religion and sexuality. This lecture will conclude with a critical assessment of the potentials and pitfalls of race in today’s post-Holocaust and “secular” Europe.

Cengiz Barskanmaz has a PhD in Law. In his doctoral dissertation he analysed the race case law of the European Court of Human Rights and other High Courts. Currently, he works at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in the Department ‘Law and Anthropology’ in Halle/Saale. His field of research include: constitutional, European and international Law, particularly non-discrimination law, race and intersectionality and dispute resolution.

20:00 Public Panel Discussion on Entanglement of Race, Religion and Secularism @ Spui25

Tuesday October 23rd – Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

10:00-12:00:  Falguni Sheth, Emory University, The Hijab, Neoliberalism, and the Production of Acceptable Muslim Women

In this paper, I explore the some of the elements by which Muslim women who wear the hijab in the U.S. are managed so as to produce and distinguish “unruly” from “good” Muslim female citizens within the context of American liberalism. While the US does not explicitly prohibit the hijab or niqab, it nevertheless regulates it through a laissez-faire approach, which relies on a range of public and private institutions to determine acceptable public presentations of the liberal female subject. I refer to this form of management as “neoliberalism.” Neoliberal management works in conjunction with biopolitics to produce existential/moral (ontopolitical) categories that continually reinscribe visual and social hierarchies that preserve the threat of vulnerability in order to distinguish between good and bad liberal citizens.

Falguni A. Sheth is a philosopher who is a faculty member in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Her research is in the areas of continental & political philosophy, legal and critical race theory and philosophy of race, post-colonial, theory, and sub-altern and gender studies. She has published numerous articles and two books, Race, Liberalism, and Economics (coedited, U. Michigan Press, 2004) and Toward a Political Philosophy of Race (SUNY Press, 2009). This year, she is on a fellowship to finish a book manuscript on liberalism, political violence, and the subtle logics of white supremacy. Her other book manuscript, from which this talk emerges, is entitled, The Hijab, Neoliberalism, and the Production of Acceptable Muslim Women. This project explores the racial and gendered effects of neoliberal regulation on Muslim women of different backgrounds in the U.S.