aamir muftiThe Philosophy Research Initiative at Western Sydney University is announcing this year’s Thinking Out Lectures: The Sydney Lectures in Philosophy and Society in collaboration with ABC RN, the State Library of NSW and Fordham University Press.

Aamir Mufti – Strangers in Europa: Migrants, Terrorists, Refugees

A growing sense of unease pervades Europe. Migrants moving in numbers have destabilised a shared self-image of civilisation. At core is the fear of a growing Muslim population. In this timely series of lectures Aamir Mufti puts Europe’s new strangers into a necessary long-view perspective in which Europe’s past is inescapably conjoined to the present. Only then, contends Mufti, can an honest discussion be properly had. The future of a post-colonial understanding of the world depends on it.

  • “Europe: An Imperial Idea” – Lecture 1, Monday, September 11, Metcalfe Auditorium, 5.00-7.30pm – (reception at 5pm, lecture starting at 5.30pm)
  • “The New Pariah: Between Citizen and (Colonial) Subject” – Lecture 2, Wednesday, September 13, Metcalfe Auditorium, 5.30-7.30pm
  • “Muslim as Minority” – Lecture 3, Friday, September 15, Metcalfe Auditorium, 5.30-7.30pm

$10 per lecture; $25 for the series. Bookings essential.

For booking and further details go to: www.westernsydney.edu.au/thinkingoutloud


Professor Aamir R. Mufti (University of California, LA), received his PhD at Columbia under the supervision of Edward Said. His work has spanned such concerns as secularism, minorities, exile and statelessness, the cultural politics of Jewish identity in western Europe, the partition of India, modern Urdu literature, global English, and world literature. He is the author of Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture (Princeton, 2007) and Forget English! Orientalisms and World Literatures (Harvard, 2016), coeditor of Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives (1997, Minnesota), and editor of a number of special issues of the journal boundary 2, of whose editorial collective he is a member.