Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia

28 Sep 2021

 / 7pm BST | 11am PDT
 / Free
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In recent years, it has been impossible to ignore the resurgence of xenophobia. Many migrant crises have placed Western advocates of globalisation on the defensive.

Drawing on the work of Richard Wright, Sigmund Freud, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, all of whom wrestled with this dangerous phobia and its ties to nationalism, globalisation, race and immigration, George Makari traces the history of xenophobia so we can better understand the problem that is so crucial to our troubled times.

About the speakers:

George Makari is a psychiatrist, historian, and author of Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind. He is Director of the DeWitt Wallace Institute and Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Zia Haider Rahman is a writer, broadcaster and documentary maker. His novel In the Light of What We Know was published in 2014 to international critical acclaim and awarded Britain’s oldest literary prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.