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A Crisis in Paris - Audio

Cameron McKee, History and History of Art
Prof. Tyler Stovall, History

A Crisis in Paris: Xenophobia, Stigma, & Empire in France
CRG Thursday Forum: October 4, 2012

Mon petit chien de guerre: Conflating Jewish and Homosexual Identity during the Dreyfus Affair
Cameron McKee, History and History of Art

A New France?: Race, Class, and Gender in the Aftermath of World War I
Prof. Tyler Stovall, History

More details: http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/crisis-paris

Mapping Colonial Amnesia - Audio

Thea Quiray Tagle, UC San Diego
Prof. Sarita See, UC Davis

Mapping Colonial Amnesia: Filipino/American Cultural Landscapes
CRG Thursday Forum: October 18, 2012

Blues Narratives & Indigenous Imaginaries: On a Critical Filipino/American Poetics of Place
Thea Quiray Tagle, UC San Diego

Gambling with Debt: Lessons from the Illiterate
Prof. Sarita See, UC Davis

More details: http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/mapping-colonial-amnesia

Islamophobia in the Netherlands

Islamophobia in the Netherlands
by Ineke van der Valk
published by Amsterdam University Press

Since 11 September 2001 – and especially since the murder of Theo van Gogh – Muslims and Islam have frequently been unfavourably portrayed at the heart of public debate. Manifestations of Islamophobia can be found on the Internet, in comments by the PVV, and in acts of violence committed against mosques. Dutch anti-discrimination policies are coming under pressure now that this ideology has forced its way to the centre of the political stage. How do negative connotations about Muslims come about? Where are the acts of violence taking place? Is the Netherlands the front line in the ‘clash of civilisations’, as has been claimed by politicians, opinion formers and others in the international arena? Or is it all about an exclusion mechanism? The author states that shifts in the political climate can only be fully understood if racism, ideology, and language are involved in the analysis. Her research for Islamophobia and Discrimination consisted of a study of relevant literature, an analysis of documents, and the gathering of data on the various methods people use to express their views. 

Links for the free download of the English and French translations:

English version:
http://www.aup.nl/do.php?a=process_visitor_download&editorial_id=3629

version Francais:
http://www.aup.nl/do.php?a=process_visitor_download&editorial_id=3630

Excerpt from the Introduction:

On 22 July 2011, a Norwegian Islamophobic right-wing extremist1 carried out a massacre of young social democrats on the island of Utoya near Oslo, resulting in the deaths and injuries of dozens of people. He also planted bombs in Norwegian government buildings, which also led to fatalities. The perpetrator’s motives were ideological: he wanted to bring an end to the Islamisation of Norway and to hit back at those people he believed were responsible for it. His attack was political in nature. His actions were aimed not just at a young multicultural generation and the future politicians among them, but also at the institutions of Norwegian democracy, against the basic values of diversity and openness.2 As far as is known, the marksman operated alone, but his views and motives are shared by a wider, mostly virtual network that has set itself against Islam and Muslims, as revealed by a widely distributed manifesto with many references, which was written by him. It concerns an Islamophobic ideology that many people and movements all over the world share and disseminate, not least through new media. A significant part of this virtual movement depicts not only Islam and Muslims as the enemy, but also holds social democracy responsible for the perceived Islamisation of Europe. This ideology comes in different guises. There are extremist, extreme, and moderate versions. It was primarily the extremist version that prompted the Norwegian attacker to commit his acts of violence. He is an extremist, in terms of his deeds, his words, and his agenda. Hardly anyone in the Netherlands openly voiced support for what he had done, although a few people did.3 Messages of approval and understanding for his ideas and motives were more frequently found on Internet forums. There is a ready audience in the Netherlands for an Islamophobic ideology in different variants, be they extremist, extreme, or moderate, as demonstrated from the statements and messages of support in the various new media. Traditional national boundaries count for very little, and they are becoming increasingly meaningless.  Worldwide, the Netherlands is regarded by Islamophobic ideologues as the front line in the ‘clash of civilisations’.4 When the attacks took place in Norway, this book was already taking shape. It was not the attacks themselves that prompted the need to conduct further research into this ideology, but they did provide an extra reason for doing so.

For more info about CRG's Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project, visit:
http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/islamophobia

Vexed Histories: Rethinking Trajectories of Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, & Women's Studies - Audio

Ziza Delgado, Ethnic Studies
Dr. Nick Mitchell, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, African American Studies

Vexed Histories: Rethinking Trajectories of Black Studies, Ethnic Studies, & Women's Studies - Audio
CRG Thursday Forum, 4/12/12

The Third World Liberation Front at UC Berkeley 1969: A Counter-Hegemonic Struggle for Radical Pedagogy & Revolutionary Curriculum
Ziza Delgado, Ethnic Studies

Curricular Objects: “Women of Color,” Feminist Anti-Racisms, and the Consolidation of Women’s Studies
Dr. Nick Mitchell, UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow, African American Studies
 

A Spotlight on Undergraduate Student Research - Audio

Sarah Leadem, Ethnic Studies; Sophia Wang
, Sociology & Political Science
Son Chau, Ethnic Studies & American Studies; Maia Wolins, 
Middle Eastern Studies

Political Encounters & Engagements: A Spotlight on Undergraduate Student Research
CRG Thursday Forum: April 5, 2012

Moderated by Prof. Keith Feldman, Ethnic Studies

PART 1

The Changing Face of Labor: Immigrant Women, Domestic Work and Labor Unions in California in the 21st Century
Sarah Leadem, Ethnic Studies

Civic and Political Engagement of Chinese Americans in Ethnic Suburbs
Sophia Wang
, Sociology & Political Science

PART 2

“AzNpRyDE”: Pan-Asianism and Youth Culture in an Age of Cyberspace
Son Chau, Ethnic Studies & American Studies

Iraqi Refugees, Islamophobia, and "Mexicanization"
Maia Wolins, 
Middle Eastern Studies

More info: http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/political-encounters

Family Sacrifices: Chinese American Neo-Confucianism - Audio

Prof. Russell Jeung, San Francisco State University

Feminism, Family, and Confucianism in Asian America
CRG Thursday Forum: March 22, 2012

 

 

Family Sacrifices: Chinese American Neo-Confucianism
Prof. Russell Jeung, San Francisco State University

This paper explores the worldviews and moral frameworks of non-religious Chinese Americans, with a particular focus on Confucian values. Through in-depth interviews of 20 Chinese Americans, this research explores the decline of Chinese popular religious practice among the 2nd generation and the rise of a secular worldview among them. At the same time, they do not discard all of the practices and values of Chinese popular religion. Rather, they selectively maintain Confucian values of filial piety, reciprocity, and mutual responsibility which provide them ultimate meaning. Through the discourse and rituals of family sacrifice, they construct identities and a sense of belonging that function much like religion. However, I argue that these Chinese Americans are not very Confucian in philosophy, but more simply Confucian in very narrow domains.

Visual Constructions of Race and Stigma in Europe - Audio

Prof. Paola Bacchetta, Gender & Women's Studies
Noémi MICHEL, University of Geneva; Switzerland

Visual Constructions of Race and Stigma in Europe
CRG Thursday Forum: 2/23/12

(Un-)naming Racism in Switzerland: A Critical Analysis of the “Black Sheep” Poster Controversy
Noémi MICHEL, University of Geneva; Switzerland

Here are images that Noemi used for the presentation:

 

Gay Poster-Posturing: Queer Racialized Disjunctions in the (French) Hom(m)o-Republic
Prof. Paola Bacchetta, Gender & Women's Studies

More info: http://crg.berkeley.edu/content/visual-constructions

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