The international political economy of Islamophobia

Below is a panel proposal that myself and my doctoral supervisor (Dr. Noah Bassil) have been working on for the 2016 Australian Political Studies Association conference. The proposal is a pretty concise summation of a part of my broader research agenda - to interrogate the question of what functions state racism (esp. Islamophobia) serve in the broader context of the globalisation of capitalism.

If you're an academic who wants to get involved, or simply a keen observer who wants to ask questions about the subject matter in general, do get in touch!


APSA 2016 Panel Proposal
26-28 September 2016, UNSW (Sydney, Australia)

The international political economy of Islamophobia

How does racial power function within the global political economy? Critical scholars across international political economy (IPE) have produced incisive work on the various ways in which class, gender and sexuality are woven into the workings of global capital. However, as Lisa Tilley and Robbie Shilliam have argued in their Raced Markets project*, the productions and economic functions of race and racisms have, to this date, received less analytical attention within IPE. In response, this panel seeks to shed light on the productions and functions of race in global capitalism, with a specific empirical focus on the phenomenon of Islamophobia. Across diverse sites, Islamophobia, underwritten by raced constructions of ‘Arab/Muslim’ identity, is irrevocably inscribed in the militarised activities of Western powers abroad and the innovation and intensification of surveillance and national security policies at home. Recognising this, we aim to highlight the import of race and Islamophobia in state and societal responses to the spectre of Islamic extremism, along with the functions of these responses within the broader context of global capitalism.

Please send abstracts (no longer than 250 words) to The due date for panels and individual papers is 30 April 2016. For more information on the conference, see

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