Religion, Race and Racism - Transnational Conversations: Encounters of Race, Religion and Biomedicine
This is the first webinar in the Seminar Series: Religion, Race and Racism - Transnational Conversations. The topic is 'Encounters of Race, Religion and Biomedicine'.
This event will take place on 3 March 2021 at 3.30pm.
- 'Suspicion and resentment: Gender, race, and religion in the context of clinical care', Dr Mwenza Blell, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, University of Newcastle
- 'Race and Religion as Selective Reproductive Technologies in US Embryo Adoption', Dr Risa Cromer, Department of Anthropology, Purdue University
- 'Indigenous African Jewishness and Genetic Knowledge Production', Dr Noah Tamarakin, Department of Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
- Dr Lea Taragin-Zeller, Technion Institute of Technology (Haifa) and Woolf Institute (Cambridge)
- Katie Gaddini, Dunya Habash and Lea Taragin-Zeller
From the rise of white Christian nationalism in the United States to anti-immigration rhetoric against 'Muslim refugees' in Europe, the imbrication of race, racism and religion extends across geographic locations, social settings, and political contexts. As xenophobia and discrimination surge around the globe, religion and race are often conflated in everyday violence, yet their relationship is undertheorised in scholarly research. While scholars of religion and critical race theorists are rarely in conversation about these intersections, recent works have pushed for more analysis of the race-religion interplay. Inspired by pioneering scholarship such as Kathryn Gin Lum, Nasar Meer, and Esra Özyürek, this Seminar Series: Religion, Race and Racism - Transnational Conversations, brings emerging and senior scholars into conversation. In doing so, we reject a single-issue approach to the study of key social and political events, and push for an intersectional approach to the study of race, racism and religion. Through ethnographic, sociological and historical case studies, the series engages with the following questions:
- What informs the relationship between religion and racial inequality in different contexts?
- How are specific forms of discrimination, such as Islamophobia, understood in both racial and religious terms?
- How are historical configurations of race and religion reconfigured through present day technologies such as: DNA and ancestry tests, immigration policies and right-wing politics?
By facilitating conversations between leading scholars examining the relationship between race and religion, this series offers divergent perspectives, opposing views, and creative theorisations to offer fresh analytical tools for an urgent area of study.
Mwenza Blell is currently a Rutherford Fellow affiliated to Health Data Research UK, a Newcastle University Academic Track Fellow, and a Grant Researcher at Tampere University. Her research draws from ethnography to examine intransigent and often invisible structures of injustice.
Risa Cromer is a cultural anthropologist and feminist science studies scholar whose research investigates the intersections of reproductive medicine, technologies and politics in the United States. She is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University and affiliate faculty in the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Critical Disability Studies programmes. She is working on her first book manuscript, Ex Utero: Frozen Embryo Politics in the United States, which examines the practice of embryo adoption led by white evangelical opponents of abortion.
Noah Tamarkin is an assistant professor of Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University and a research associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the author of Genetic Afterlives: Black Jewish Indigeneity in South Africa (Duke University Press 2020). Genetic Afterlives ethnographically examines the politics of race, religion and recognition among Lemba people, Black South Africans who were part of Jewish genetic ancestry studies in the 1980s and 1990s.
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