Why race matters in the Dutch context

Organisation
International Institute of Social Studies
Start date

Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018, 16:00

End date

Wednesday, 12 Dec 2018, 18:00

ISS Diversity and Inclusion

Debating Discrimination in Dutch Academia: Experiences and Contestations Beyond Diversity seminar series.

In light of the recent debates and protests in the Netherlands surrounding Zwarte Piet (Black Piet), which received wide-spread international media attention, this inaugural seminar addresses 'Why race matters in the Dutch context'.

The speakers will go beyond the discussion on Zwarte Piet by contextualizing issues of race and discrimination in Dutch society by looking back at Dutch history and its role in the transatlantic slave trade. They will link this to contemporary issues of racism and discrimination in Dutch society.

The seminar will question the role of Dutch academia, with the speakers reflecting on their own experiences, key moments, and coping strategies.   

This seminar is hosted by the ISS PhD Community, the MA Social Justice Perspectives Major and the ISS Inclusion and Diversity Team 'Hosting World Together'

Speakers

Dr Patricia Schor, Amsterdam University College
Grâce Ndjako, author and philosopher

Debating Discrimination in Dutch Academia seminar series

The Debating Discrimination in Dutch Academia: Experiences and Contestations Beyond Diversity seminar series aims to start a serious and constructive discussion on discrimination and racism in Dutch academia.

This series seeks to address, among other issues:

  • the role of academic institutions in reproducing colonial stereotypes and racism in society
  • the varied forms of overt and covert discrimination and racism within academic institutions
  • alternatives and contestations within and outside academic institutions