January Tool-Kit: Media Representations

Each month we will be posting a new digital tool-kit with reading materials and resources to aid in counter-movements and the enhancement of critical media literate and de-colonial perspectives. This month, we kick 2019 off by sharing various perspectives and analyses on  representations of people of colour in the media. Black Panther: ‘Why people like me … More January Tool-Kit: Media Representations

FAQs on Racist Imagery

When attempting to campaign against racism in general or blackface imagery in particular, activists and scholars are often met by vitriolic and dismissive responses. This experience can be off-putting and frightening especially when it is a recurring aspect to fighting against racism. Therefore, we have turned the usual concept of FAQs on its head with … More FAQs on Racist Imagery

Against Zwarte Piet in 2017: A Personal Account

“”Stop silencing black voices”, we wanted to say.” guest post by Archana Ramanujam *Excerpts of this blog post are featured in ERIF’s 2018 Sinterklaas Brand & Product Study. In 2017, the number of anti-Zwarte Piet demonstrations in the Netherlands burgeoned. There was the attempted demonstration at the national intocht in Dokkum  [1] in the northern … More Against Zwarte Piet in 2017: A Personal Account

Wij vs. Zij #5: Media van Kleur public dialogue

ERIF recently partnered with Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam for the event Wij vs. Zij #5: Media van Kleur public dialogue, which took place on April 17th. Moderated by Dip Saus podcast presenter Mariam Elmaslouhi, the event featured a panel of multi-media makers who were each in their own ways invested in creating inclusive, diverse platforms … More Wij vs. Zij #5: Media van Kleur public dialogue

Sinterklaas Brand & Product study 2018: Seeing Through the Soot

  Nederlands | Français | Deutsch The European Race and Imagery Foundation’s (ERIF) annual Sinterklaas Brand & Product study is a sociological market research report, which seeks to analyse longitudinal data concerning the ongoing and evolving usage of the Zwarte Piet character by major supermarket chains and brands across the Netherlands. This year titled: Seeing through … More Sinterklaas Brand & Product study 2018: Seeing Through the Soot

ERIF’s Noémi Michel talks to Cases Rebelles about race, colonialism and black identities in Switzerland

ERIF’s content and audience developer Noémi Michel, PhD spoke to Cases Rebelles recently about the phenomena of racelessness and colonial amnesia in Switzerland and how this is used as a mechanism for silencing people of colour who protest against racism. In other words, the social taboo of discussing race (and subsequently racism) is rooted in … More ERIF’s Noémi Michel talks to Cases Rebelles about race, colonialism and black identities in Switzerland

Racist poster by Italian far-right party: Open letter to Italian government members

ERIF recently co-signed an open letter, drafted by ENAR, to the Italian authorities regarding the explicitely racist poster being circulated by far-right group  Forza Nuova (New Force). The poster features a caricature of a black man, sexually assualting a white woman. Given the long and terrifying history around fearing and controlling black male sexuality in … More Racist poster by Italian far-right party: Open letter to Italian government members