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#BeyondTalkingBack: final thought by Robbie Shilliam

In our fourth and final instalment of this week’s #BeyondTalkingBack, Olivia Rutazibwa gives the last word to Robbie Shilliam, Professor in International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. He discusses our tendency to overemphasize the short term in our framing and handling of questions regarding refugees. >>> “I’m answering your question about sedimentations in light of the Trump victory, the executive order for immigration targeting a set of Muslim-majority countries, the relative enthusiasm that said order garnered amongst European publics, and the most recent decision by the UK government to close the “Dubs amendment” that, last year, committed Britain to taking its fair share of child refugees. What I’m going to say might immediately be interpreted, counter-intuitively, as nativism. But I hope you will stick with it just for a moment. I’m not into a radical politics that formulates itself around “emergencies”. The refugee issue always carries those terms. Materially, these are – no doubt – emergencies; and the humanitarian impulse should rightly be seen as addressing refugee issues in all practicality as emergencies. But a radical politics formulated around the sensibility of “emergency” won’t cut it. We need to strive for a bit more longevity in our bodies – […]

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#BeyondTalkingBack (2) Ghassan Hage: Is racism an environmental threat?

In the second of Olivia Rutazibwa’s four interviews appearing this week on the December 2016 Race after the Postracial conference, the speaker is Ghassan Hage. Mr Ghassan Hage is the Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne, Australia. In the monologue below he explores how the terminology used by the Austrialian government in her dealings with the refugee crisis links to our framing of ecological problems. Hage argues that ‘the classifications and the practices that constitute colonial racism and the practices that have generated the destruction of the natural environment are mutually self-reinforcing’. Find Professor Hage’s full monologue here.

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