No, it’s not satire – an American institute actually allowed this professor to give a lecture linking Islamophobia to climate change.
“Is Islamophobia Accelerating Global Warming?” This was a real lecture given at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, sponsored by the school’s Global Studies and Languages department on Monday, May 9. It was free and open to the public, but information is lacking on how many actually attended.
Here’s what it was all about:
“This talk examines the relation between Islamophobia as the dominant form of racism today and the ecological crisis. It looks at the three common ways in which the two phenomena are seen to be linked: as an entanglement of two crises, metaphorically related with one being a source of imagery for the other and both originating in colonial forms of capitalist accumulation. The talk proposes a fourth way of linking the two: an argument that they are both emanating from a similar mode of being, or enmeshment, in the world, what is referred to as ‘generalized domestication.’”
The lecture was given by Professor Ghassan Hage from the University of Melbourne. A search of his profile reveals the following:
“He works in the comparative anthropology of nationalism, multiculturalism, diaspora and racism and on the relation between anthropology, philosophy and social and political theory. His most well-known work is White Nation: Fantasies of white supremacy in a multicultural society (Routledge 2000). His is also the author of Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropology and the Radical Imaginary (Melbourne University Press 2015). He is currently working on a book titled Is Islamophobia Accelerating Global Warming?”
There are some who say the very real connection is that neither global warming nor Islamophobia are real.
But Obama said in his State of the Union address that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”
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