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1. October 2020

Panel Discussion – Radical Solidarity

online panel discussion

With Alana Lentin (Western Sydney University) and Anaheed-al Hardan (American University of Beirut)

Chair: Nahed Samour (Humboldt-University Berlin) (tbc)

Following our two-part workshop on Jewish–Muslim relations and solidarity ( we will be holding a panel discussion with Alana Lentin and Anaheed al-Hardan. The panel discussion will open with two respective short inputs by Alana Lentin and Anaheed al-Hardan. Alana Lentin will be giving a talk on her newest publication “Why Race Still Matters” (Polity, 2020:, here a focus will be laid on the 4th chapter of the book: „Good Jew/Bad Jew“.

Anaheed al-Hardan will be speaking on the topic: “Anti-colonial and radical solidarity in the context of south-south alliances”.

Besides dealing with questions regarding both inputs, the aim of the panel is to discuss topics that came up during the workshop with references to a broader, transnational perspective.

The event will take place online and in spoken English. Please register via: and include 2-3 lines regarding the motivation for your participation, in order to receive the access information. Please also be informed that, due to technical restraints, we can only admit a restricted number of participants.

Dr. Alana Lentin is Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University. She is a European and West Asian Jewish woman who is a settler on Gadigal land. She works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism.

She is a graduate of the European University Institute where she earned her PhD in political and social sciences in 2002, and the London School of Economics (1997). Prior to joining the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University, she was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Sussex University (2006-2012). Before this she held a Marie Curie EC Research Fellowship at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford (2003-2005). In 2017, she was the Hans Speier Visiting Professor of Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York and has previously been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin (2010).

She is co-editor of the Rowman and Littlefield International book series, Challenging Migration Studies and former President of the Australian Critical Race & Whiteness Studies Association (2017-20). She is on the editorial board of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Identities, Journal of Australian Studies, Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, and the Pluto Books series, Vagabonds.

Her current research examines the interplay between race and digital technology and social media. Her most recent research project analysed the use of ‘antiracism apps’ for education and intervention.

Her books include Why Race Still Matters (Polity 2020), The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a neoliberal age (with Gavan Titley 2011), Racism and Sociology (2014 with Wulf D. Hund), Racism (2008) and racism and Anti-racism in Europe (2004). She has written for The Guardian, OpenDemocracy, ABC Religion and Ethics, The Conversation, Sociological Review and Public Seminar. She has been interviewed for The Minefield on ABC Radio National, local ABC radio, Japanese television and Korean radio among others. She teaches a Masters course, Understanding Race which is accompanied by a series of blogs and an open syllabus available at

Her personal website where she blogs extensively is

Dr. Anaheed Al-Hardan is an assistant professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut. Her research is concerned with coloniality and resistance in relation to counter-memory, decolonial knowledges and south-south thought in the Arab World, and has appeared in Journal of Palestine Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies and International Sociology. She is the author of the award-winning Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities (Columbia University Press, 2016), joint winner of the 2016 Academic Book Award at the London Palestine Book Awards. Her current book project examines Arab decolonial theory within the context of south-south philosophies of liberation and decolonization. She is a Principal Investigator on the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded research program Afro-Asian Futures Past.

Previously, Anaheed Al-Hardan was the Arcapita Visiting Professor of Arab Studies at the Middle Institute at Columbia University (2018), Visiting Scholar at the Bandung Humanism Initiative at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University (2018), Visiting Fellow at the Berlin Graduate School for the Study of Muslim Cultures and Society at the Free University of Berlin (2017), Research Fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry (2011-14) and a Doctoral Fellow of the Palestinian American Research Center (2008).

Dr. Nahed Samour studied law and Islamic studies at the universities of Bonn, Birzeit/Ramallah, London (SOAS), Berlin (HU), Harvard and Damascus. She was a doctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt/Main. She clerked at the Court of Appeals in Berlin, and held a Post Doc position at the Eric Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki University, Finland and was Early Career Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advance Study. She is Junior Faculty at the Harvard Law School, Institute of Global Law and Policy.