South Asia Center Summer Institute: Nationalism, Anti-Muslim Racism, and Social Exclusion: India, the US, and Beyond

06 Jul 2021


Announced by the University of Pittsburgh

The 2021 summer institute for K-12 teachers offered by the South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania is a 4-day online intensive, to be held July 6th-9th. The sessions will cover nationalism, fundamentalism, and anti-Muslim racism, focusing on current issues in India and the United States. Davesh Soneji, a historian of religion and Associate Professor of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will engage attendees on the historical roots of Indian nationalism, offering pedagogical approaches for understanding Indian cultural nationalism, fundamentalism, practices of social exclusion in the US classroom. Nazia Kazi, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Stockton University and author of Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics, will consider the legacy of the War on Terror which followed 9/11, a “forever war” that shows no sign of ending. In these sessions, she will explore the role of anti-Muslim racism in the US nationalism and consider how classroom lessons on 9/11 often reinforce the Islamophobic assumptions of the War on Terror. The institute will close with a joint session by both Soneji and Kazi, considering the overlaps between American and Indian ethnonationalism and their implications for K-12 learning in the US. Teachers who attend will be eligible for 12 ACT 48 credits. Admission is limited. All attendees must apply to join.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 - 1:30pm to Friday, July 9, 2021 - 4:30pm
Sponsored By: 
South Asia Center at the University of Pennsylvania