March Tool-Kit: Digital Developments

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 share news of recent technological inventions that have been developed to combat racism as well as materials discussing how racist ideas inform the development … More March Tool-Kit: Digital Developments

Sinterklaas Brand & Product report 2019: Smudged Cheeks and Middle Fingers

Nederlands | Français | Deutsch The European Race and Imagery Foundation’s (ERIF) annual Brand & Product report charts the evolution and relevance of the (Zwarte) Piet character, alongside the development of discussions on race, racism and inclusion, specific to the Netherlands. Our fourth report, providing coverage of the 2018-2019 discussion, can be downloaded via our … More Sinterklaas Brand & Product report 2019: Smudged Cheeks and Middle Fingers

Summary of ERIF’s product and brand study on gal-dem!

Since 2015, ERIF has conducted in-store and online research to look into how the image of Zwarte Piet is (or is not as the case may be) incorporated into the present-day Sinterklaas feast across the Netherlands. The team recently finished collecting data for the next (fourth) report, which is due to be published later this … More Summary of ERIF’s product and brand study on gal-dem!

February Tool-Kit: Performative Analyses

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 offer tools to help us better understand the nature of socio-cultural as well as racialised performative practices. *** 7 black composers who changed the … More February Tool-Kit: Performative Analyses

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