[Reader-list] [Announcements] Disappeared In America: Presentation

Aarti aarti at sarai.net
Tue Dec 13 15:06:01 IST 2005

*The Disappeared Project: Migration, National Identity & Security Panic* 
Naeem Mohaiemen, Visible Collective, New York 
4:00 PM pm, Saturday 17 December 2005 
Seminar room, Sarai-CSDS 

DISAPPEARED IN AMERICA is part of an ongoing project by VISIBLE 
Collective/Naeem Mohaiemen, which looks at the migration impulse, 
hyphenated national identities and the fissures that appear when these 
trajectories collide with security panic. 
The majority of Muslim migrants racially profiled after 9/11 were from 
the invisible underclass of our cities. They are the recent arrivals, 
legal and "illegal", who drive our taxis, deliver our food, clean our 
restaurant tables, and sell fruit, coffee, and newspapers. The only time 
we see their faces are when we glance at the scratched hack license in 
the taxi partition, or the ID card around the neck of a vendor.  Already 
invisible, after detention they become "ghost prisoners."  The talk 
reviews the project and talks about some of the underlying issues facing 
global cities today. 

[Naeem Mohaiemen is a visual artist-activist and director of Visible 
Collective, which created DISAPPEARED IN AMERICA 
(disappearedinamerica.org), a series of art-interventions that visualize 
post-9/11 "disappeared" Muslims.  Naeem is Editor of Shobak.Org, and 
Associate Editor of AltMuslim.com. Naeem directed MUSLIMS OR HERETICS 
(muslimsorheretics.org), a film about struggles between 'moderate' and 
'radical' Muslims in Bangladesh, which screened at numerous venues 
including the UK House of Lords.  His work and essays have appeared in 
Washington Post, Tikkun Jewish Journal, Village Voice, Alternet.org, 
CounterPunch.org, Chimurenga.co.za (South Africa), Wordt Vervolgd 
(Netherlands), Voima (Finland), New Internationalist (UK), Rediff 
(India), Prothom Alo (Bangladesh), and Dawn (Pakistan.)]

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