The term Islamophobia has always been a highly contested term. The debate about whether it actually exists gained prominence since the 9/11 attacks in the US, 7/7 here in the UK, and a host of other violent attacks during the age of the ‘Global War on Terror.’ For a good part of the past two decades, Islamophobia was considered to be either a figment of our imagination, or a justified response to ‘violent Muslim behaviour,’ or merely a fleeting phenomenon as an understandable reaction to particular events, and would eventually disappear. The fact that Islamophobia has not vanished but only intensified and ‘travelled’ throughout the world compels us to critically assess the claims of its roots and ongoing persistence.
Junaid S. Ahmad is Secretary-General of the International Movement to Create a Just World (JUST-Kuala Lumpur); a PhD candidate in decolonial thought at the School of Sociology, University of Leeds; a fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA-Istanbul); and the Director of the Center for Global Studies at the School of Advanced Studies, University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore, Pakistan.
is a monthly gathering where expert speakers bring a mixed Headingley audience up to date on current issues in society. The speakers are often drawn from local university departments or similar organisations and their talks are followed by a series of comments and questions from the audience.
Talking Heads at HEART is an initiative between HDT and HEART. It benefits the community of Headingley and beyond and aims to stimulate, inform and enliven.
Recent topics include:
• Islamaphobia: Rooted in their Religion or our Politics?
• Post Brexit
• The DUP and Britain’s Broken Politics – A Tangled Web
• Disability and Human Rights
• From Mao to Xi Jinping – Utopias and Purgatories in Modern China
• Unlocking Sustainable Cities
• Restorative Practice in Leeds
• Food inequality and food waste – what can be done?
• The Overdevelopment of London/Underdevelopment of Britain
• Climate Change
• The Brexit Crisis
• Understanding North Korea
• Leeds: Cradle for Innovation
• Have things got better for women?
• Understanding homelessness
• Social cohesion, resilience, and community mediation
• What does culture mean to Leeds?
• The housing crisis- and how people power can solve it
• Ethics in business,
• Can we solve poverty?
• Unemployment, jobs and new technology
Donald Trump in the White House. Growing inequality worldwide. Forty million people affected by catastrophic flooding in South Asia. The media is full of stories of the rise of authoritarian politics; economic inequality; and the effects of climate change. It can sometimes feel that the world around us is dangerous, unpredictable, and in permanent crisis.
However, beyond the mainstream media’s obsession with ratings, celebrity and spectacle, people around the world are attempting to challenge economic and social injustice and fashion alternatives to the current state of affairs.
New urban enclosures, housing privatisation, gentrification, PFI, privatisation of public space and citizen auditing. All of these issues touch on important issues for those living in Headingley and Leeds. Stuart will talk about his new book which links these issues together with a focus on housing policy before and after Grenfell.
We meet in HEART at 7.30 on the second Thursday of each month, except August – suggested donation £3-5.
After a [usually lively!] discussion on the issues raised people often repair to the HEART Cafe or local bar.
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