Category Archives: Counter speech

Notes on ‘race’ in a supposedly ‘non-racial’ time

But race is the child of racism, not the father. Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between The World And Me, 2015. Thinking through differences The drafting of a commissioned article on the contested concept of ‘race’ for a special issue of the Norwegian sociological journal Sosiologisk Tidsskrift  later this year has availed me with an opportunity to re-visit […]

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Hate Speech: The Dark Twin Of Free Speech

Freedom of opinion is a farce, unless factual information is guaranteed, and the facts themselves are not in dispute. Hannah Arendt, ‘Truth and politics’, 1966. On October 20 2014, an unemployed fifty-seven year old white Norwegian man entered a supermarket in an Eastern suburb of the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Walking through the supermarket, he […]

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Presentation at Princeton University, Oct 2, 2015

THE RELATION OF FEAR AND PHOBIA TO SOCIAL INTEGRATION Presentation  for Conference on Xenophobia and Social Integration at the Institute For Advanced Studies (IAS)/Princeton Institute For International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), Princeton University, Oct 1 to 3 2015. Given by Sindre Bangstad (cand. Polit., PhD in Anthropology), Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway at Aaron Burr […]

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Teologisk Tidsskrift

The latest issue of the Norwegian theological journal Teologisk Tidsskrift 4 (3) 2015 features an extended commissioned book review based on my reflections on an important contribution to public sphere theorizing in Norway, namely Associate Professor Lars Laird Iversen’s (School of Theology, Oslo) book ‘Uenighetsfelleskapet’ ['The Community of Disagreement'], Universitetsforlaget, 2014. The review is available from […]

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Routledge

Routledge has recently published the following anthology edited by Profs Ralph D. Grillo (Sussex University) and Marcel Maussen (University of Amsterdam) entitled ‘Regulation of Speech in Multicultural Societies’. Originally based on papers first presented at a conference at the University of Amsterdam in 2011, it was first published as a special issue of the Journal […]

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On the public voices of Muslim women

It’s not what you say that prompts it, it’s the fact that you are saying it. Mary Beard, ‘The Public Voice of Women’, London Review of Books, 2014. For Fatima Almanea (20), Norwegian librarian, Norwegian citizen. The past weeks in Norway have seen yet another round of harassment and death threats against young Norwegian females […]

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