Workshop ‘Race, Religion, Culture: Connecting Racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism’ – Annelies Moors (GRADE Center Gender)
10:00 bis 14:00

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming digital workshop with Annelies Moors (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) on Race, Religion, Culture: Connecting Racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism” on May 5, 2020, from 10 am to 2 pm via Zoom. 


Race, Religion, Culture: Connecting Racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism

Recent debates about racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism often highlight the differences between these phenomena. Some argue that criticizing Islam is an exercise of the freedom of opinion. Negatively stereotyping Muslims is considered as a form of discrimination, but is not labelled as racism, because Muslims are ‘not a race’.

In this seminar, in contrast, we investigate how racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism function in similar ways as technologies of categorization, classification, domination and exclusion, that is, as part of configurations of power. Rather than considering the concepts of race, religion and culture as bounded and separate, we elaborate on how, in practice, they tend to overlap and become entangled. Tracing the genealogies of concepts such as ‘Jews’, ‘Muslims’, ‘Arabs’ and ‘Semites’, we focus on how variously categorized people have become defined as Europe’s internal and external Other under conditions of empire and colonization. We engage in these discussions to better understand the effects of the contemporary disentanglement of various forms of racialization and racism, including Islamophobia and antisemitism. One of these effects it the displacement of antisemitism from ‘Europe’ onto ‘Muslims’ and other racialized Others.




ANNELIES MOORS  is an anthropologist and professor emerita of contemporary Muslim societies at the University of Amsterdam. She studied Arabic in Syria and has done fieldwork in Palestine, in Yemen and in the Netherlands. She has written about migrant domestic labor, Muslim dress and fashion, marriage and gold, Muslim family law, and the racialization and securitization of Muslims.




  • Said, Edward, 1978, Orientalism. New York: Pantheon. Pp. 1-9.
  • Lentin, Alana, 2020 Why race still matters, Chapter 4: Good Jew, Bad Jew
  • Shohat, Ella, 1992. „Rethinking Jews and Muslims: Quincentennial Reflections.“ Middle East Report 22: 25-29.
  • Jansen, Yolande and Nasar Meer. 2020. „Genealogies of ‘Jews’ and ‘Muslims’: Social Imaginaries in the race–religion Nexus.“ Patterns of Prejudice 54 (1-2): 1-14.


You will get access to the readings after your registration.


The workshop will take place via Zoom, is open for all (advanced) master students, PhDs and Postdocs and will be held in English.


Please register under the following link until April 28

The number of participants is limited which is why we recommend that you register as soon as possible.


If you have any more questions regarding the event please do not hesitate to contact us.