Ghassan Hage

Ghassan Hage is Pro­fessor of Anthro­pology and Social The­ory at the Uni­ver­sity of Mel­bourne. Ghassan is the author of, amongst others, White Nation (1998) and Against Para­noid Nation­al­ism (2003).

How do you recognise an Assadist?

Some people whose interest in the Middle East is recent think that Assad is a uniquely Syrian phenomenon. I think the excessively harsh despotism and the equally excessive ability to cruelly exterminate your own population while believing yourself to be setting your nation on the road to modernity are quite unique in terms of their…

Terrorism, Brussels, etc … Think Before you Hunt

Look at the swamps created by the differential of exterminability and mournability between Muslims and non-Muslims. It is in those and similar dips in the affective tectonic plates in which we are all embedded where some of the emotional propellors of Islamic terrorism grows. Those affects do not necessarily lead to terrorism but Islamic terrorism…

‘Not Afraid’

‘Ils sont tous Charlie,’ in all its colonial narcissistic splendour.There is a close relation between satire and secularism as the latter came to emerge in Europe. Secularism, as is well-known, gained strength historically as a reaction to an era of European inter-religious violence and massacres. It was not only a desire for the separation of…

Racism as Excessive Legalism

Ex­cessive leg­ality can make the ra­cial­ised live in a world that has been slowed down, made dys­func­tional and even un­bear­able.We rightly celebrate that we live in a society where law and order prevail. The capacity to follow established rules allows for the smooth operation of the many necessary transactions that make up our everyday life.…

Against Colonial Rubbishing

Alwy Fadhel "Psychosis" | www.therefugeeartporject.com

Exterm­in­at­ing people by ‘rub­bish­ing them’ is always less dra­matic than when it is done through mas­sacres. As my facebook friends know, I take my status updates seriously. This does not mean that I only treat serious topics, or that I take myself overly seriously. Indeed I can be very frivolous and I always maintain a…

Towards a Critical Arab Social Science

Keynote presented to the inaugural conference of the Arab Council of Social Sciences, Beirut, March 2013 What does being a critical social scientist mean in the Arab world today? Or to ask the question differently: How can social scientists think Arab societies critically following or amidst the upheavals of the last few years? Such questions…