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Monday, February 18, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm
A. D. White House, Guerlac Room
29 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Drawing on recent events in Europe and the US, Dorian Bell, UC Santa Cruz, will chart the new relationship developing between antisemitism and Islamophobia as economic anxiety grips the West in a lecture titled "Viral Populism: Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and the Refugee 'Crisis'." European popular discourse threatens to turn the migration question into a referendum on whether Islam belongs in Europe. Meanwhile, anti-migrant sentiment is enlivening conspiracy theories about Jews. The results, Bell argues, threaten to harden antisemitism and Islamophobia into the enduring poles of a global populist reaction.
Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, French Studies Program, Institute for Comparative Modernities (ICM), Comparative Muslim Societies Program (CMS), The Society for the Humanities, Ottoman and Turkish Studies Initiative (OTSI), the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa, and Africana Studies & Research Center.