POSTPONED- ‘Anti-Palestinian Racism: Re-examining Race and Racism’s ‘Conceptual Double-Bind’ with Dr Shaira Vadasaria.

*** Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been postponed. We will be in touch with those who registered once a revised date has been confirmed. ***

Addressing the monumental, vital imperative to reckon with structural racism, the events in this series will consider the possibilities of social justice in our collective present; from cross-disciplinary perspectives, across different organisations and economies of violence, and in forms of resistance, survival, and endurance.’ – International Institute of Cultural Enquiry and Exeter Decolonising Network Lunchtime Seminar Series

*Edit: Once a revised date has been confirmed*, we will be welcoming Dr Shaira Vadasaria, Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies at the University of Edinburgh, for a seminar onAnti-Palestinian Racism: Re-examining Race and Racism’s ‘Conceptual Double-Bind.’ This seminar will ask: ‘What explanatory power does the concept of race yield for the question of Palestine? Specifically, upon what epistemic centre do ideas about racism and anti-Palestinian racism find legibility in Western law and politics?’ Ultimately, the seminar will question ‘what it means to approach race and racism in Palestine/Israel on its own terms’, illuminating and critiquing the ‘conceptual and genealogical foreclosures that prohibit naming violence against Palestinians as a form of racism.’

Expanding on Barnor Hesse’s critique of what he coins, ‘racism’s conceptual double bind,’ in – a 2005 article which proposes ‘the international concept of racism [as] doubly bound into revealing its imprints in nationalism and concealing its anchorage in liberalism; or recognising extremist ideology while denying routine governmentality’ – Dr Vadasaria will discuss the discursive, structural, cultural, political & pedagogical frameworks through which anti-Palestinian racism becomes an ineffable subject.

The lecture will outline and critique the position of the Global North as the anchorage point from which ‘burgeoning scholarship that engages race and racism as analytical registers to examine asymmetrical relations of power in Israel/Palestine’ emerges, and re-situate its analysis within a critique of racial power. Through centring knowledge production generated from the pedagogical experience of the Palestinian classroom, Dr Vadasaria will reflect upon ‘what the constancy of racial violence in Palestine introduces to the canon of critical race scholarship emerging from the Global North’. Find out more about the lecture, and register (for free) here.

Dr. Shaira Vadasaria is a lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies, Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. She also serves as the Associate Director of RACE.ED: A cross-university network concerned with race, racialization and decolonial studies. Her research is shaped by interdisciplinary and methodologically focused approaches to the study of race, coloniality and decolonial praxis. She has published in in edited book collections and journals that include: At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour Theorize Terror, eds. Suvendrini Perera and Sherene H. Razack; Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture; Critical Studies on Security and most recently Oñati Socio-Legal Studies (see ‘1948 to 1951: The racial politics of humanitarianism and return in Palestine’).


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