Reimagining Australia: Islamophobia and reimagining landscape and sustainability

Randa Abdel-Fattah: ‘Racial Australianisation’ and the affective registers and emotional practices of Islamophobia Abdel-Fatteh talks about the ways in which the Lakemba area has been racialised as a dangerous, Muslim space of otherness. Even a modified shop dummy becomes a symbol of threat. Racial meanings have been embedded across a range of symbols, including halal … Continue reading Reimagining Australia: Islamophobia and reimagining landscape and sustainability

Reimagining Australia: language, decolonisation, borderscapes, and belonging

This conference creates an important space for reflecting on key challenges in Australia today, and for thinking about alternatives. My notes are quite partial and rough, so I encourage you to look for more information on the speakers (and the panel sessions I couldn't attend) on the conference website. Kim Scott spoke in 'Circles and … Continue reading Reimagining Australia: language, decolonisation, borderscapes, and belonging

Precarious Times: Banal Precarity

The symposium opened with a panel on Banal Precariousness. Anne Allison, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University, spoke on "Cleaning up dead remains in times of living/dying all alone: social singlification in Japan", building on her book, Precarious Japan. As demographic changes happen in Japan, many older people have become worried about dying alone rather … Continue reading Precarious Times: Banal Precarity

Intersectional feminism and online harassment

Thinking Beyond ‘Free Speech’ in Responding to Online Harassment just came out in issue 10 of Ada: a journal of gender, new media, and technology.  This article is an attempt to consider what it might mean to take the possibilities and challenges of intersectionality seriously in our approaches to online harassment/abuse. In particular, I argue … Continue reading Intersectional feminism and online harassment