Fri, January 28, 2011 • 1:00 PM • ACES Auditorium
Transatlantic Intolerance: The Rise in Anti-Islam, Anti-Immigrant and Racist Sentiment in Europe and the U.S.
From our vantage points as students, scholars, journalists, and politicians, we should be deeply concerned about the impact of intolerance on immigrants and ethnic minorities in Europe and the U.S.
From the 2009 European Parliament election, where parties like the British National Party won seats for the first time, to the success of Geert Wilders' Freedom Party in the Netherlands in June of 2010, there has been a noticeable and disconcerting rise of support for anti-immigrant and anti-Islam politicians throughout Europe. At the same time, in the U.S., bills similar to Arizona's SB 1070 are being introduced across the country, including in the Texas legislature. Although these bills include language to discourage racial profiling, Mexican immigrants tend to be the target of discourses around immigration control, as was particularly evident during the 2010 election campaign, when ads appeared featuring Mexican-looking immigrants sneaking across the border.
The goal of this conference will be to examine these trends from a transatlantic perspective and from the perspective of academics and professionals in the field. Through a series of roundtable discussions, participants will examine political trends, as well as the methods and the means of intolerance, in the context of the current economic crisis in Europe and the U.S.