The Migration and Diversity Centre is proud to announce the seminar:
23rd of March 2017, 12.30 - 7.00 pm
Keynote: Gloria Wekker & Guest Speaker: Philomena Essed
Location: Agora 1 (Wing A, 3rd floor of Main Building) at VU University Amsterdam
VU University, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam
THE SEMINAR IS FULLY BOOKED. REGISTRATION IS NOT POSSIBLE ANYMORE!
With the intensifying debates in Europe on refugees, migration and polarization, it seems the right time to ask ourselves what happens when we analyse these issues in terms of race. Consider the following examples:
- After the Brexit referendum, there was a surge in racist incidents in the UK.
- If we look at the passport index, we see that western countries rank high and non-western countries rank low.
- In CBS data, the term ‘non-western allochtones’ functions as a barely disguised racial category.
- A closer look at border deaths shows that it is overwhelmingly non-white males who die, and that Black Africans have the lowest chance of being identified.
- When we look at who lives in illegalized dwellings under constant police harassment in Calais, Idomeni and other places in Europe (including Amsterdam), we see non-whites.
- Asylum, family reunion, visa and labour migration laws and policies often exempt whites from being labelled as a migrant altogether, or relegate them to a privileged class (blue cards). The undesired on the other hand, being non-whites, are excluded.
- Crime statistics, unemployment statistics, income statistics, global distribution of wealth – regardless of what topic we look at, whites are at the right end of the scale and non-whites at the wrong end of it.
- When people are defined as a group to be excluded, they are racialized (the idea that Eastern Europeans are a recognizable phenotypical category pops up in police reports as of the mid 1990s), and when their exclusion ends they are de-racialized (Irish after 1920s, Japanese after 1970s).
Dominant analyses in European academia and public opinion do not relate these issues to race, but to welfare nationalism, integration problems, Islam, and other notions which end up erasing race as a relevant category. Dominant analyses see non-white people making the wrong choices (use smuggler boats, refusing to go home after rejection of their asylum claim), and see them as people with lacks (of capacities, of resources, of options).
During this seminar, we aim to investigate the idea that racism is a much more powerful and omnipresent form of exclusion in Europe than is generally assumed. What happens when the European regulation of migration and refugees is analysed in terms of race and racism? What happens when we use the same facts to develop analyses of how powerful states, in the process of reinforcing a global order characterized by enormous inequality, justify the outcomes of this process by blaming the victim, and naturalize this through both classical and new forms of stigmatization, cultural racism, and simply: racism? Does the use of race as an analytical category limit us to justified, high-minded but eventually futile anger? Or can it help us to make things visible that go unnoticed in dominant analyses?
Moderator: Nancy Jouwe
12:30 – 13.00 Registration
13:00 – 13:10 Welcome Note
13.10 – 14.00 Keynote by Gloria Wekker
14.00 – 14.15 Break (walking to location)
14.15 – 15.15 Parallel Sessions
15.15 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 17.00 Parallel Sessions
17.00 – 17.15 Break (walking to location)
17.15 – 17.45 Reflections by Philomena Essed
18.00 – 19.00 Social Drinks
Gloria Wekker (G.D.Wekker@uu.nl) is emeritus Professor in Gender Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. As social and cultural anthropologist, she specializes in Gender and Sexuality Studies, African- American and Caribbean Studies. She is the author of The Politics of Passion; Women´s sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora (Columbia University Press, 2006). Her last book White Innocence; Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race, (Duke University Press, 2016) received much attention in the Netherlands and beyond. After the occupation of The Maagdenhuis, she was a member of the Commission Democratization and Decentralization and the chair of the Commission Diversity at the University of Amsterdam in 2016.
Guest Speaker:Philomena Essed
Philomena Essed is professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change; Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, and an affiliated researcher for Utrecht University’s Graduate Gender program. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (1990, cum laude) and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Pretoria, South Africa (2011) and Umeå University, Sweden. (2015). Her research and teaching transcends national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries. Well known for introducing the concepts of everyday racism and gendered racism in the Netherlands and internationally, she also pioneered in developing theory on social and cultural cloning. Her work has been adopted and applied in a range of countries, including the US, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the UK, Switzerland, and Australia. Her books include Everyday Racism (1990); Understanding Everyday Racism (1991); and Diversity: Gender, Color and Culture (1996). Co-edited Volumes include: Race Critical Theories (2002); Refugees and the Transformation of Societies (2004); A Companion to Gender Studies (‘outstanding’ 2005 CHOICE award), Clones, Fakes and Posthumans: Cultures of Replication (2012) and Dutch Racism (2014). In progress is a co-edited volume on Worlds of Racism. Her current work includes a focus is on dignity and ethics of care as experience and practice in leading change, in particular in Higher Education. In 2011 The Queen of the Netherlands honored her work with a Knighthood.
Parallel Sessions (final program):
Nawal Mustafa: Boats & Black Bodies: Why Race is at The Heart of Who Gets to be Validated as A Refugee
Tamara Last: European Management of Border Deaths through a Lens of Racial Exclusion
Ildikó Plájás: “The Least Wanted Travel the Most”: Technologies of Vision and (Racial?) Categories in Monitoring Mobility in Romania
Amade M’charek: Face, Crime and the Migrant Other: On the Absent Presence of Race in the Media
Tesseltje de Lange & Lisa Berntsen: Shifting Statuses of Legality: Exclusion and Inclusion of Irregular Migrant Workers through Legal Categorization
Karin de Vries: Immigration Rstrictions and Racial Inequality: A Closer Look at the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights
Guno Jones: Citizenship, Populism and (Auto)Destruction. Some Notes on the Unpredictability of the Will of ‘the People’
Dorrie Wilson: The City of Light is Afraid of the Dark: James Baldwin, Migration and Citizenship in Contemporary Belgium and France
Halleh Ghorashi & Leila Kian: “Sometimes I feel more Moroccan than Dutch” Embodied Ethnicity of 2nd Generation female Iranian-Dutch
Thomas Spijkerboer: Legitimizing Townships in Contemporary Europe and Apartheid South Africa
Giovanni Picker: Refracted Urbanities: The Colonial Matrix of Stigmatized and Segregated “Gypsy Urban Areas” in Contemporary Europe
Artwell Cain: Afrophobia is no Stranger to the Netherlands
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|Date||Type of event||Researcher(s)||Paper / event|
|30 January 2017||Feedback Forum||Dimitris Dalakoglou (Discussant: Thomas Spijkerboer)||The Violent Refugee: The Right to Mobility and the Borderisation of Europe|
|31 October 2016||Feedback Forum||Richa Kumar (Discussant: Zsuzsa Kovács)||Résumé of a security professional: mapping the capitals of the security professionals|
|20 September 2016||Feedback Forum||Nina van Egmond (Discussant: Martijn Stronks)||Labour, Work and Migration - Migration policy built on a concept of dignity as non-humiliation|
|21 June 2016||Roundtable Session||Migration and Diversity Centre (MDC) and Centre for international criminal Justice (CICJ)||If You Don't Count, You Don't Count:How to extract migration data from states|
|7 June 2016||Feedback Forum||Jill Alpes (Discussant: Rivke Jaffe)||Transnational migration control and sending states: The unifying force of 'fraud' at the airport of Douala, Cameroon|
|10 May 2016||Feedback Forum||Jasmijn Slootjes (Discussant: Tineke Abma)||Narratives of Meaningful Endurance: Critical Transitions Between Vicious and Virtuous Cycles Between Health and Employment in Migrant Women's Life Histories|
|14 April 2016||Feedback Forum||Lonneke Geerlings (Discussant: Kathy Davis)||Cultural mobility|
|29 March 2016||Feedback Forum||Laura Kok (Discussant: Christian Reinhardt)||forcasting violence induced human mobility flows|
|24 February 2016||Feedback Forum||Emanuela Roman (Discussant: Ben Crum)||Cooperation on readmission in the Mediterranean area and its human rights implications|
|28 January 2016||Feedback Forum
||Hannah Leyerzapf (Discussant: Janna Wessels)||We are all só different that it is just.. normal.” Processes of normalization in health care teams in an academic hospital in the Netherlands.|
|27 May 2015||Seminar||Thomas Spijkerboer, Tamara Last, Orçun Ulusoy, Paolo Cuttitta and Henk Van Houtum||Presentation of the Deaths at the Borders of Southern Europe Database|
|26 May 2015||Feedback Forum||Devyani Prabhat||Proportionality Analysis and the Cancellation of British Citizenship for Conduct by Categories- paper|
|13 February 2015||Feedback forum||Mehdi Bozorgmehr||Panethnicity Revisited: Contested Group Formation in the Post-9/11 Era|
|9 December 2014||Feedback forum||Martijn Huisman and Silvia Klokgieters||LASA-Project; a study on the rational of resilience in Turkish and Moroccan young, old and elderly migrants|
|25 November 2014||Feedback forum||Marieke Slootman (Discussants: Machteld de Jong and Ismintha Waldring)||‘I am… who I am…’. Ethnic identifications in social contexts among ethnic minority individuals|
|21 October 2014||Book presentation||Dienke Hondius (Discussants: Siep Stuurman, Amade M'Charek, and Gloria Wekker; Master of Ceremony: Nancy Jouwe)||Blackness in Western Europe: Racial Patterns of Paternalism and Exclusion|
|19 June 2014||Feedback forum||Fiore Geelhoed (Discussant: Vanessa Vroon-Najem)||Identity under construction: Global pathways to Islamic orthodoxy, radicalism and extremism in the Netherlands|
|28 March 2014||Feedback forum||Diana van Bergen (Discussant: Sawitri Saharso)||Parental ethnic socialization and intergroup antagonism among Muslim immigrant youth and native youth in the Netherlands|
|20 March 2014||Feedback forum with visiting scholar, co-organised with IDI||Kathy Davis (Discussant: Dubravka Zarkov)||Tango: Passionate Encounters in a Globalizing World|
|28 January 2014||Feedback forum||Marja van Heese (Discussant: Wouter Veraart)||RESPECT - The UNESCO Cultural Conventions, armed conflict and the battle for peace in the minds of men|
|10 December 2013||Feedback forum||Juan Amaya-Castro(Discussant: Brian Burgoon)||Emigration policies in the context of global governance|
|26 November 2013||Forum for visiting scholar, co-organised with the Amsterdam Critical Discourse Community||Robert Barsky||Asocial injustice: Refugees lost without translation|
|18 October 2013||Symposium with visiting research team from Norway||Various, including Eli Støa and Halleh Ghorashi||‘What Buildings do: The Effect of the Physical Environment on the Quality of Life of Asylum Seekers’|
|17 October 2013||Migration PhDs networking meeting||All PhDs working on migration-related issues are invited||Kick-off meeting of the IMES-MDC PhD network|
|25 June 2013||Feedback forum with visiting scholar||Heleen de Jonge van Ellemeet (Discussant: Joke Reijven )||Crimmigration: the convergence of criminal law and immigration policy reflected in the case law of the Dutch Supreme Court|
|21 May 2013||Feedback forum||Efe Kerem Sözeri (Discussant: Liza M. Mügge)||National connectedness and political identities|
|18-19 April 2013||Symposium||Various (see programme)||Regulating transnational work and family in times of crisis|
|26 February 2013||Feedback forum with visiting scholar||Reza Hasmath (Discussant: Dimitris Pavlopoulos)||The Ethnic Penalty in the Labour Market? Prevalence, Causes and Policy Options|
|22 January 2013||Public lecture and feedback forum||Nayarana Jayaram and Ellen Bal||Public lecture on Indian diaspora by professor Nayarana Jayaram, Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, followed by feedback forum with Ellen Bal discussing her work on Indian diaspora. Introductions by Susan Legêne and Chan Choenni|
|15 November 2012
||Feedback forum||Martijn Stronks (Discussant: Annemie Halsema)||Time and Identity. An interdisciplinary analysis of the relation between time and identity in the context of family migration law|
|27 September 2012||Feedback forum||Younous Arbaoui (Discussant: Miranda Poeze)||Effective family bonds of Somali refugees|
|26 June 2012||Feedback forum with visiting scholar||Froukje Santing (Discussant: Boris Slijper)||We are all citizens of the Netherlands|
|8 June 2012||Symposium||Adam McKeown (Discussant: Betty de Hart ) Saskia Sassen (Discussant: Juan M. Amaya-Castro)||Looking Historically at the Role of the State in Migration Law Video 1 Video 2|
|17 April 2012
||MDC launch event for 2012 activities||Caroline Drieënhuizen (Discussant: Thijs Sunier)
Bahija Aarrass (Discussant: Chan Choenni)
Sylvia van der Raad (Discussant Guno Jones)
|Becoming Dutch by means of the empire: foreigners in the Dutch East Indies and Holland 1811-1870.
Education through migration. The relevance of the right to education in the European Convention of Human Rights in migration issues.
The other side of workplace diversity discourse: how do those who personify the main object of diversity policies act and processes of inclusion and exclusion.
|13 December 2011||Feedback forum||Diana van Bergen||Ethnic Socialization and the Onset of Radicalization. The Case of Turkish-Dutch Youth in The Netherlands|
|18 October 2011||Feedback forum||Jacomijne Prins||Exploring in-group diversity through storytelling: how intersecting stories work to construct a diverse Moroccan Dutch experience|
|20 September 2011||Feedback forum||Juan Amaya-Castro||Illegality Regimes and the Corrosion of Citizenship|
|26 April 2011||Feedback forum||Ellen Bal||Dreaming of leaving: The construction of migration aspirations among young middle class Bangladeshis in Dhaka|
|15 March 2011||Feedback forum with visiting scholar||Sébastien Chauvin||Sans-Papiers Striking for Legalization: Labor Unions and the Contradictions of French Migration Policy|
|16 December 2010||Feedback forum with visiting scholar||Manuel Abrantes||The Employment Situation of Brazilian Immigrants in Dutch Cities|
|16 November 2010||Feedback forum with visiting scholar||Peter Geschiere||Autochthony, Belonging and Exclusion, The Pitfalls of a Culturalization of Citizenship|
|13 September 2010||Feedback forum with visiting scholar||Ines Michalowski||Citizenship Tests in Various European Countries in Relation to Political Liberalism|