Sweatshop Acquires Hage Book, Creates $10,000 First Nations Scholarship

Sweatshop Literacy Movement Inc. Acquired Worldwide Rights à The racial politics of Australian multiculturalism by anthropologist, public intellectual and cultural critic Ghassan Hage.

The book will include new editions of Hage’s publications white nation and Against paranoid nationalismwhich will respectively celebrate their 25th and 20th anniversaries. The racial politics of Australian multiculturalism will also feature Hage’s later writings, “providing a definitive collection of the complexities of racial diversity,” according to Sweatshop.

Hage is Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne and Senior Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Anthropology in Germany. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including the most recent The diasporic condition (University of Chicago Press). Hage said of Sweatshop’s acquisition of his latest book: “I can’t really think of a publishing house more suited to republishing these texts. At Sweatshop there is a whole generation of people who appreciate white nation as a legacy and I appreciate the extent to which traces of it are present in their work.

As part of the agreement with Sweatshop, Hage has donated his fees to establish a scholarship for First Nations writers, which will launch in June 2023. The scholarship, worth $10,000, will provide two emerging First Nations writers funding, mentors and resources. to develop a first non-fiction manuscript during his residency at Sweatshop. Hage said donating his author fees was “a way to forge lasting relationships that begin to counter the ongoing damage caused by our continued colonial occupation of this land.” His decision is part of a larger movement of solidarity with First Nations communities that Hage describes as a “restorative way of life.”

Founding director of Sweatshop, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, described the publication of The racial politics of Australian multiculturalism as “necessary and urgent”.

“In the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre, the global Black Lives Matter movement and the rise of anti-Asian violence in the wake of Covid-19, Ghassan Hage’s writings on racism, white supremacy and nationalism have become more relevant and essential than ever. . As a publisher, we consider it an immense responsibility and an honor to ensure that some of Ghassan’s most important and iconic works are available and affordable for generations to come.

The publication of Hage’s book and subsequent First Nations Fellowship is supported by Diversity Arts Australia, while Sweatshop has also engaged a team of Arab-Australian artists, scholars, publishers and organizers including Randa Abdel-Fattah, Paula Abood, Jumana Bayeh, Sarah Ayoub, Amani Haydar, Kawsar Ali and Lena Nahlous to support the project.

On behalf of the collective, Abdel-Fattah expressed the importance of preserving and celebrating Hage’s work: “Take ideas that are intellectually exciting and hugely insightful, erudite yet community-grounded, daringly thought-provoking yet generous, groundbreaking yet still challenging. news, and you have an idea why Ghassan Hage remains one of the most valuable scholars of our time.

The racial politics of Australian multiculturalism will be published in April 2023 and distributed in print and digital form through NewSouth Books.

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