Call for Papers: Social Justice Under Siege Conference

Check out the details for an exciting conference taking place at Humber College, Toronto this coming October called The State of (In)Equality: Social Justice Under Siege
The conference organisers are encouraging proposals that focus on a wide variety of pressing and timely topics, among them:
  • Indigenous studies
  • Democracy vs. capitalism
  • Poverty and Economic inequality
  • Civil rights
  • Social movements
  • Anti-globalisation
  • Post-neoliberalism
  • Past and future of labour
  • Post-humanism and social activism
  • Decolonization
  • Racialization
The call for papers is currently open and will close on the 30th May 2017. For a full list of the topics that the event aims to cover as well as all other necessary info for submissions and location, check the conference website.  Don’t forget to share!

Pan African Space Station arriving in Amsterdam soon!

The Pan African Space Station (PASS) will be arriving in Amsterdam in the coming days, landing at the OBA Central Library on Sunday 11th December, until the 15th December!

The website declares:

“Launched in 2008 by  Chimurenga, the Pan African Space Station (PASS) is a periodic, pop-up live studio; a performance and exhibition space; a research platform and living archive, and an internet based radio station.

Produced in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund and The Amsterdam Fund of the Arts, the PASS live studio in Amsterdam will feature a 5-day programme, running daily from 14:00 – 20:00 (CAT), with artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians and rebels whose practices draw from and respond to a variety of contexts; to prompt us, through performance, conversation and other forms, to imagine how worlds connect.”

In addition to the artists, writers and rebels, ERIF will also be there for an internet radio interview hosted by the radical feminist collective Radio Redmond Amsterdam, on the 13th December between 14h and 15h. We’ll be discussing our recent Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance conference as well as our future plans for the organisation too!

Definitely come through to see the various activities going on throughout the five days, and say hello to us while we’re in the hot seat on the 13th if you can!

Check out and share all of the necessary info, including the full programme and livestream link here.


Decolonising the Classroom!

If you’ve been hoping for the opportunity to do a PhD focusing on ‘media, race and cultural production’ you now have the perfect opportunity. Recently posted by Brunel University, London, the fully funded studentship at the College of Business Arts and Social Science offers the chance to ‘undertake theoretical and empirical collaborative research with a variety of community collaborators’ for ‘an analysis of the history of anti-racist creative practice, including film, television, live performance, and digital media, that has emerged from within the UK’s South Asian, African and Caribbean Diasporas since the 1970s and up to the present day.’

You can find out everything you need to know about the post and how to apply here. The deadline for applications is the 31st May.

Brunel is also offering a post-doc position to provide research assistance on the three-year ‘Creative Interruptions’ project, of which the aforementioned PhD is a part of. The project is due to start this coming October, so if you already have a PhD (or are due to finish very soon) you can find out everything you need to know about this post and apply (also by the 31st May) here.

For those of you either just stating university and/or getting close to finishing your bachelors programme, no need to feel left out! If you were planning to continue studying but hadn’t exactly decided which avenue to take, don’t sleep on the new MA course being offered by Goldsmiths on Black British Writing at the Department of Theatre and Performance. Find out all you need to know here.

Happy Studying!

Report on children’s perceptions of Zwarte Piet released by University of Leiden

Zwarte Piet postcard ca. 1950.

Zwarte Piet postcard ca. 1950.

The University of Leiden recently conducted research on Dutch children’s perceptions of Zwarte Piet (of the Sinterklaas festival) in order to establish whether or not they make associations between the character and black people.

Professor Judi Mesman found that children (aged between 5 and 7) are actually more likely to associate Zwarte Piet with a clown than a black person, contrary to reports by campaigners that young children regularly confuse the caricature with black people. Additionally, although anti-Piet protesters claim the he represents a negative stereotype of a person of African descent, Mesman has allegedly found that when children do make an association between Zwarte Piet and people of colour, the association is a positive one.

Regardless of whether or not children make positive associations between Zwarte Piet and black people, the research cannot (and does not attempt to) deny the overwhelming link between 19th and early 20th century imagery of black people in roles of servitude in the colonies and throughout Europe with Sinterklaas’ helper. Furthermore, while it is helpful to have an understanding of how children perceive a character that is forcibly aimed at them for six weeks out of every year, it is still ultimately the views and adults that is most important in this discussion as it is parents and teachers who decide how this festival is celebrated.

Nonetheless, the university claims this research is the first of its kind. You can read the full summary on the University of Leiden’s website here.

Summer School on Black Europe


Hey there folks!

Just a quick note that there is still time for you to sign up for the Summer School on Black Europe: Interrogating Citizenship, Race and Ethnic Relations, taking place in Amsterdam the Netherlands, running between the 22nd June and the 3rd July.

This will be the eighth year that the summer school has run and will feature talks from Philomena Essed and Gloria Wekker, among others.

Find out more info and/or sign up for the summer school here!



“African Books to Inspire” Event


Are you based in London and interested in African Literature? Then check out the “African Books to Inspire” event, which will be hosted by Hannah Pool at the British Library this July. The event will cover classic materials alongside more contemporary texts. You can sign up and buy your ticket(s) here. If you’re able to attend, don’t forget to let us know all about it!

Decolonizing the Mind Summer School

There is still time to sign up for the Decolonizing the Mind Summer School being hosted this year from the 19th to the 31st July in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by the International Institute for Scientific Research (IISR). The summer school aims to:

  1. To disseminate knowledge on DTM in a Global Justice context.
  2. To produce new knowledge based on the experience of activists in social struggle around the world.
  3. To forge ties between activists from different social movements.
  4. To develop a Global Justice international infrastructure for DTM and joint cooperation between social movements in the form of projects and infrastructural facilities.

Check out the program, fees and more, or to download the official brochure visit the website here.

(An)Other Diasporic City


Anthropologist Jayne Ifekwunigwe and sociologist Fenneke Wekker will come head-to-head at the Pakhuis de Zwijger to discuss ‘Belonging and Transnational Processes of Making “Home”‘, with a specific focus on the Global African diaspora, on the 12th March 2015 for (An)Other Diasporic City. The event will be moderated by Jennifer Tosch of Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours, and is free to attend although reservations are necessary.

Find out more information and confirm your place here.


Afro European Conference, September 2015


Want to participate in/attend an academic and socially aware conference with a focus on the ‘social spaces and cultural practices that are characterised by a series of contemporary and historical overlaps between Africa and Europe’? Then the Afro European Conference, hosted by AfroEurope@ns: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe at Münster University in Germany 16th to 19th September 2015 might be the event for you!

Check out the website of the conference for more information and/or to respond to the “call for papers and panels” by the 1st March 2015.


Black Portraiture[s] II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories Conference

From the 28th to the 31st May 2015, the European city of Florence will host the second Black Portraiture[s] conference, following on from the successful first edition, which was held in Paris in January 2013 and organised by New York University’s Tisch School of Arts.

Merchant of Venice

Analysing the pervasive violation and promotion of the black body from both artistic and scholarly (notably historical) perspectives, the event promises to provide space for all in order to: “focus on aesthetics, vernacular style, fashion, and ethnographics in describing a sense of place and identity. The conference will also invite visitors to conduct a diverse visual reading of the notion of a black portrait while challenging conventional perspectives on identity, beauty, cosmopolitanism, and community in Africa and its diaspora.”   

Find out more about the conference’s background, mission, programme and/or to sign up check here.