Framing Terror: A Conversation on Masculinity, Religion, and Gun Violence

America is still reeling from last month’s Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. The largest single-perpetrator mass shooting in the nation’s history has left politicians, pundits, and everyday people reaching for answers. Our struggle to understand Orlando has often relied on tired frames and rhetoric – simplistic narratives about religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and terror. But the event itself resists these frames and demands we rethink our assumptions and understanding of the different kinds of violence existing in contemporary America. “Framing Terror” will tackle these questions by bringing together scholars working on gun violence, religious violence, and gender and sexuality. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and NYU’s Center for Religion and Media, this event will bring together scholarly and journalistic perspectives to reflect on the Pulse shooting itself, public responses to it, and the landscape going forward.


  • Ajay Singh Chaudhary

    Ajay Singh Chaudhary is the executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and a core faculty member specializing in social and political theory. His research focuses on social and political theory, Frankfurt School critical theory, political economy, media, religion, and post-colonial studies. He has written for the The Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books, Quartz, Social Text, Dialectical Anthropology, The Jewish Daily Forward, Filmmaker Magazine, and 3quarksdaily, among other venues. Ajay is currently writing a book on the politics of climate change.

  • Suzanne Schneider

    Suzanne Schneider received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. A social and cultural historian, her research interests relate to Jewish and Islamic modernism, religious politics in the Middle East, the history of modern Palestine/Israel, secularism, and political identity in post-colonial contexts. She is the author of Mandatory Separation: Religion, Education, and Mass Politics in Palestine (Stanford University Press, forthcoming) and a regular contributor to The Revealer: A Review of Religion and Media.

Event Schedule

Tuesday, 7-9:00PM
July 19, 2016


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