Claremont Discourse Lecture: "From Trafficking to Terror"

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Please join us in the Honnold/Mudd Library Founders Room at 4:15 PM on Wednesday, November 13th, for another Claremont Discourse Lecture, sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Library.

From Trafficking to Terror: Constructing a Global Social Problem
Pardis Mahdavi, Anthropology Department, Pomona College


The year 2011 marked the 10th anniversary not only of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center - arguably resulting in the beginning of the U.S. "war on terror"- but also the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Trafficking in Persons report (TIP), demarcating the re-emergence of the global "war on trafficking. The "war on terror" and the "war on trafficking," two seemingly separate initiatives, have become interwoven in recent years and conspire to castigate Muslim majority countries as sites of depravity, difference and danger, fueling Islamophobic rhetoric about what Samuel Huntington has termed the "clash of civilizations." Pardis Mahdavi, Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College, and author of From Trafficking to Terror will discuss the current rhetorical discourses about trafficking and terror and how they are resulting in policies and militarized response that hurt vulnerable populations.

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