Gil Anidjar

Gil Anidžar je profesor na Odseku za religiju, te na Odseku za srednjeistočne, južnoazijske i afričke studije, kao i na Institutu za uporednu književnost i društvo na Kolumbija univerzitetu. Predavao je na Fakultetu za medije i komunikacije u Beogradu. Dve njegove knjige prevedene su na srpski jezik: Jevrejin, Arapin: Istorija neprijatelja (Beogradski krug, 2006); Semiti – rasa, religija, književnost (Fakultet za medije i komunikacije, 2014). Poslednja objavljena knjiga mu je Blood: A Critique of Christianity (Columbia University Press).

Race, Nation, Religion

Advancing at distinct velocities, and seemingly belonging to different temporalities, the three collective forms “Race, Nation, Religion” are rarely considered as one and the same phenomena. Whether a perversion of one another (race and nation), an anachronism in relation to each other (first religion, then race), or joined to each other by unholy alliances (nation and religion), they appear to defeat any attempt at a “grand unified theory.” This talk will reflect on some of the mechanisms (historicism, secularism, and more) that have ensured the strange division of labor that persists to this day among the three categories in spite of their indissociable co-incidence. Constructions of the other or practices of self-fashioning, there is a not so covert unity to “Race, Nation, Religion.” Freud’s Moses and Monotheism will provide a guiding hand in our inquiry.

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