Anti-Muslim Surveillance: Canadian Muslim Experiences with CSIS, Dr. Baljit Nagra, University of Ottawa

The targeting of Muslim communities through “the War on Terror” has given rise to a variety of schemes and tactics informed by Islamophobia and racializing narratives. Yet, there are few studies examining the specific intelligence practices deployed by governments as they engage in forms of racialized surveillance. In this talk, Dr. Nagra will present her research on Muslim communities’ experiences with CSIS surveillance. Her work documents how CSIS engages in the mass surveillance of Muslim communities, transforms Mosques into spaces of surveillance, creates a community of informants, targets political activism and employs illegal practices. She conceptualizes these practices as a form of anti-Muslim surveillance and argues this form of racialized surveillance needs to be contextualized within the larger framework of the “War on Terror”.