ICS-UWSaahmerThe Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) and Sydney Seminar will jointly host the inaugural Sydney Seminar for Culture and Society on Monday December 2 (6pm–7.30pm), at the NSW State Library (Metcalfe Auditorium).

Themed ‘Race and the Politics of Performance’, the seminar will present a conversation with Associate Professor Sohail Daulatzai and award-winning comedian Aamer Rahman, and will be Chaired by Professor Suvendrini Perera.

Seminar overview

It is never easy to talk about race, much less so systemic racism in the age of the global ‘war on terror’. Two areas where it has been possible to cut across public sensitivities are popular music and comedy. Hip hop and critical stand-up comedy are spaces in which caustic criticisms of the violence of race have constantly been held up to scrutiny. This unique event brings together an analyst of the world of hip hop with a comedian known for his ‘unflinching political and racial commentary’.

Sohail Daulatzai is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California Irvine and author of Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America.

Aamer Rahman is an award-winning comedian and part of the comedy duo, Fear of a Brown Planet.

Suvendrini Perera is Professor of Cultural Analysis at Curtin University. She is the author of Australia and the Insular Imagination.

Booking is essential. Please RSVP via the State Library website (http://bit.ly/1bH5rKh). 

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