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Antisemitism and Hate Movements After Trump

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The Jewish Studies Program and the School of Religion at Queen’s University will host an important discussion on the future of antisemitism and hate movements in the post-Trump period.

The Anti-Defamation League, as well as several researchers, have noted a marked rise in Antisemitic attacks and hate crimes during the Trump administration. The ADL, for instance, reported that according to their research, there was a 12% rise in Antisemitic incidents from 2018 to 2019 in the United States. The FBI also noted that hate crimes in general surged nearly 20% during the Trump administration. Much of this social polarization, misinformation, and loss of trust in social institutions also culminated in the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, which involved numerous neo-Nazi, alt-right, and conspiratorial movements. Several individuals were also spotted wearing blatantly antisemitic clothing. As the Biden administration begins their work, it will be important to not only take stock of what happened over the last four years in the United States, understand racial and religious fault lines that pre-dated Trump, and work as much as possible to heal these divides going forward.

The Jewish Studies Program and the School of Religion have invited four distinguished speakers, with deep personal experience, to engage in this important discussion. The talk will be moderated by Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam, an Assistant Professor in the School of Religion.

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Made Instrument, an Introduction

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In this talk, Dr. Ashon Crawley describes his book-in-progress, Made Instrument, about the sound of the Hammond organ and its relation to black spirituality, black sexuality, black queer possibility. What can attending to a specific instrument tell us about histories of refusal, histories of confrontation, histories of desire? Imagined as the sound of the black church, and the sound of the black church imagined as the affective desire of transformative potentiality of black social life and relation in general, the Hammond organ gives a shadow history of black life on the move, in motion.

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The Present Life of Blasphemy: Kanye West in American Popular Culture.

The School of Religion wishes to acknowledge a disturbing incident took place that marred the question and answer period of our Donald Mathers Memorial Lecture by Dr. Kathryn Lofton of Yale University entitled “The Present Life of Blasphemy: Kanye West in American Popular Culture,” Tuesday afternoon February 2nd.  This public and widely advertised lecture-- attended by over 160 students, staff, faculty, and community members—was meant to enrich the content of our courses and curriculum and to foster intellectual and critical discussion on important issues of religion and race in public discourse and popular culture.  While Dr. Lofton’s presentation certainly accomplished that, it was also the target of malicious hacking that caused the event to be ended abruptly.

Because the circumstances of the ending did not allow for communication with those attending at that time, the School of Religion wishes now to recognize that the hackers’ vulgar language, obscene and violent images, and racist insignia displayed to our community was shocking, offensive, and terribly injurious.  As director, I deeply regret that many students of several of our courses, our colleagues, co-workers and the public experienced this distressing violation.  ITS is investigating the incident, which has been reported to all the relevant university and municipal authorities and offices.  I am so sorry that this happened.  We will take further measures in future to ensure that a space safe for critical inquiry and discussion can be preserved from such malign attempts.  We will endeavour to safeguard online public events with enhanced security measures.

We encourage you to avail yourselves of university resources. We would like to thank the RELS DSC for consulting on these resources that we think may be helpful. 

Adnan Husain

Director, School of Religion

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Student Wellness Services https://www.queensu.ca/studentwellness/

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What is Kanye West? This talk will think about the career of the American rapper, songwriter, record, producer, entrepreneur, fashion designer and presidential candidate as an instance in the longer history of blasphemy. Dr. Lofton suggests that you cannot understand the secular without understanding Ye's particular brand of offense.

 

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Introducing Dr. Jorge Legoas P

We are so thrilled to introduce our new faculty member Dr. Jorge Legoas P. To welcome Dr. Legoas to the department and get to know more about him we completed a virtual interview. Dr. Legoas is also teaching RELS 227- Indigenous traditions in N. America as well as RELS 809- Readings in Religion ll. The course descriptions for both of these courses will be available soon! Click here to read the full interview.

 

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Introducing Dr. Ryan Anningson

We are so thrilled to introduce our new Flora Jane Baker Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ryan Anningson. To welcome Dr. Anningson to the department and get to know more about him we completed a virtual interview. Dr. Anningson will also be teaching a new topics course this spring called "Religion, Race Creation, and Colonialism" so be on the lookout for the course description coming soon! Click here to read the full interview.

 

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*CANCELED* The Present Life of Blasphemy Kanye West in American Popular Culture

Unfortunately due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 virus, among other things, Katherine Lofton will not be able to be in Kingston to give the Mather’s lecture. We will reschedule her for the Fall.


The Present Life of Blasphemy: Kanye West in American Popular Culture

What is Kanye West? Is Kanye a deluded misogynist or a sui generis artist -- or both, or neither? This talk will think about the career of the American rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer as an instance in the longer history of blasphemy. Kanye West (b. 1977) is known for many things, but perhaps none more prominently than his sacrilege. The man who rapped, "I made Jesus Walks, I'm never going to hell," is also the man who said on TMZ: "When you hear about slavery for 400 years...for 400 years? That sounds like a choice." Situating his impiety in his artistry, placing his voice in the history of the African diaspora, American religious history, and pop culture prognostication, I suggest you can't understand the secular without understanding Ye's particular brand of offense. This talk has no debate about whether Kanye is (as he says he is) God’s vessel. God is the subject on which blasphemy's offense has been defined throughout history. God is also the source of Kanye West's recent hopeful creativity an evangelical productivity. Long would ask us to think about how these two forms -- blasphemy's offense and evangelical power -- came to co-creation in his dream.

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Visiting Scholar Dr. Biko Mandela Gray presentation

“Sacred Blackness, Mystical Resistance: Religion and Blacklivesmatter.”

Dr. Biko Mandela Gray, an assistant professor of religion at Syracuse University, and a FAS Visiting Scholar in the School of Religion will be delivering a public talk entitled
"Sacred Blackness, Mystical Resistance: Religion and Blacklivesmatter" on February 26th from 2:30pm to 4pm.  The event is co-sponsored with the English Department and there will be a small reception following his talk.

More details to follow...

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