You may not know it, but due to space issues, the UWaterloo English department is currently spread across three floors of Hagey Hall. While I wouldn’t mind seeing more of my colleagues on the second and third floors, I’m lucky to be in a first-floor hallway filled with amazing English faculty. Right next door to me is Dr. Frankie Condon, who is giving the talk cited above, on Islamaphobia and racecraft. Never heard of racecraft? Barbara Fields has defined it as:
the process by which racism becomes race. You don’t start with a perception of people being different, you start with racism which is a practice and an ideology out of which race emerges. You learn to recognize people as belonging to a race because you have been in the rituals of racism with them.
Dr. Condon’s talk is Wednesday, November 18th. For more information see the poster above.