The Politics of Life: Rethinking Resistance in the Biopolitical Economy Presented by Technē:
Wilfrid Laurier University Biopolitical Research Group https://technebiopoliticalrg.com
Balsillie School of International Affairs Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo, Ontario March 2-4, 2017
I will be presenting a paper on Saturday during Session 1 – Decolonizing Biopolitics (CIGI 1-32)
from 1 :45 to 3:15.
Title and abstract for my paper:
Islamophobia, Genocide, and the Civilization of Death: Or, the Birth of the Modern/Colonial World System
This paper contends that the modern/colonial world-system is based on a civilization of death. Two basic arguments support this contention: (1) that Western European hostility towards Muslims is a constitutive element of this world-system: and (2) that modern Islamophobia arose in the long sixteenth century with other forms of racism, as well as modern patriarchy. Historically, the global civilization of death emerged through four early-modern genocides: (1) against Jews and Muslims in Al-Andalus/Spain; (2) against indigenous peoples in the Americas; (3) against enslaved Africans; and (4) against European women accused of sorcery. The theoretical framework for this paper is decolonial world-system analysis, developed by scholars like Enrique Dussel from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico), and Ramón Grosfoguel from the University of California, Berkeley (United States).