We are excited to present the inaugural episode of the “Europe in the Middle East Podcast”. In this episode, titled“ ‘Eurabia’ and the Great Replacement,” hosts Alain Gresh and Thomas Serres have a conversation with Liz Fekete on the theories promoted by far-right thinkers Bat Ye’or and Renaud Camus, their origin, and their growing normalization in European political discourses. They also discuss the appropriation of these conspiracy-oriented narratives by far-right terrorists in Europe (and beyond) as well as their connection with the American notion of "white genocide.”
“Europe in the Middle East” is a bi-monthly podcast addressing matters of significance to both regions, including their multifaceted relations.
This podcast is cosponsored by Status/الوضع, Jadaliyya, Orient XXI, and the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at George Mason University (GMU).
Liz Fekete is Director of the Institute of Race Relations, an anti-racist educational charity in London that produces the international journal Race & Class and the regular online news service IRR News. She is also the author of two books, A suitable enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe and Europe’s Fault Lines: racism and the rise of the Right which won the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing in 2019. She has given expert testimony at the Basso Permanent People’s Tribunal on Asylum and the World Tribunal on Iraq.
➞ Alain Gresh, a journalist, worked for Le Monde Diplomatique until 2013 and was the editor in chief from 1995 to 2005. He is the editor of Orient XXI which he founded in 2013. Among his latest books that have been translated in Arabic are الإسلام والجمهورية والعالم (Dar al Saqi: Beirut) and علام يطلق اسم فلسطين ؟ (الدوحة : المركز العربي للأبحاث ودراسة السياسات، 2012
➞ Thomas Serres has a Ph D in political science from the EHESS. He is currently an associated researcher with Dévelopement & Société in Paris and an adjunct Professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz. His research focuses on the politics of crisis and trans-nationalization in Algeria.