Panel 6 - Comparative Politics: The International Political Economy of Islamophobia

Date: Monday, 26 September 2016
Time: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm
Location: Mathews Theatre B
Chair: Cameron Smith, Macquarie University

How does racial power function within the global political economy? Critical scholars across international political economy (IPE) have produced incisive work on the various ways in which class, gender and sexuality are woven into the workings of global capital. However, as Lisa Tilley and Robbie Shilliam have argued in their Raced Markets project, the productions and economic functions of race and racisms have, to this date, received less analytical attention within IPE, and the humanities more generally. In response, this panel seeks to shed light on the productions and functions of race in global capitalism, with a specific empirical focus on the phenomenon of Islamophobia. Across diverse sites, Islamophobia, underwritten by raced constructions of ‘Arab/Muslim’ identity, is irrevocably inscribed in the militarised activities of Western powers abroad and the innovation and intensification of surveillance and national security policies at home. Recognising this, we aim to highlight the import of race and Islamophobia in state and societal responses to the spectre of Islamic extremism, along with the functions of these responses within the broader context of global capitalism.