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Class and Xenophobia in Europe at the Time of Refugee Crisis.

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  • Mon 30 Oct 2017 15.00 - 17.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-10-30 15:00 2017-10-30 17:00 Europe/Paris Class and Xenophobia in Europe at the Time of Refugee Crisis.

Lecture for the seminar series ‘History and Social Sciences’ organized by Alexander Etkind and Stéphane van Damme

The issue of contemporary migrant-phobia, and Islamophobia in Central and Eastern Europe is addressed. The argument is based on the assumption that both historical developments and contemporary socio-economic circumstances condition responses to immigration in post-socialist societies. The combination of several factors has led to the emergence of xenophobic attitudes towards ethnic and religious “distant Others”. These phenomena are interpreted in anthropological terms of cultural apartheid and fundamentalism. The figure of ‘distant Others’ is considered as a rhetorical device which helps to create exclusive moral unity of the ‘true patriots’ opposed to ‘internal Others’, i.e. ‘pinkos/left wingers’, ‘gender ideologists’, and ‘cosmopolitans’.

Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati

Lecture for the seminar series ‘History and Social Sciences’ organized by Alexander Etkind and Stéphane van Damme

The issue of contemporary migrant-phobia, and Islamophobia in Central and Eastern Europe is addressed. The argument is based on the assumption that both historical developments and contemporary socio-economic circumstances condition responses to immigration in post-socialist societies. The combination of several factors has led to the emergence of xenophobic attitudes towards ethnic and religious “distant Others”. These phenomena are interpreted in anthropological terms of cultural apartheid and fundamentalism. The figure of ‘distant Others’ is considered as a rhetorical device which helps to create exclusive moral unity of the ‘true patriots’ opposed to ‘internal Others’, i.e. ‘pinkos/left wingers’, ‘gender ideologists’, and ‘cosmopolitans’.


Location:
Sala del Camino, Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Seminar

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Organiser:
Alexander Etkind (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
Stephane Van Damme (European University Institute)

Speaker:
Prof. Michal Buchowski (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan & European University Viadrina, Frankfurt)

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