We hope you are well and healthy this summer; safe from the flooding across parts of Europe and able to enjoy the lovely sunshine. Here are the latest updates and activities from ERIF over the past few months. We began 2021 following the long-awaited publication of our fantastic special issue at Darkmatter Journal: (De-)Facing the … More News and updates from ERIF!
Scroll down for the English translation of the introduction. ERIF inaugure la série #blackvoicesmatter avec le guest post écrit par Nicky Lars, rappeur et beatmaker Noir français, auteur de l’album Musica Negra. Dans ce texte réflexif, poétique et engagé, Nicky Lars rend compte de la vague d’émotions et de pensées qui l’assaillent en ce moment exceptionnel … More Black voices matter #1: “Combien d’entre nous” par Nicky Lars
Par Noémi Michel Speaking about colonial legacies is good, but one must ask who speaks This blog post by ERIF member Noémi Michel inaugurates our aim to produce a multi-lingual platform reflecting Europe’s anti-racist voices. Scroll down for the English translation of the introduction. *** Début avril passé, une journaliste m’a sollicitée pour un article … More Parler de l’héritage colonial c’est bien, encore faut-il se demander qui parle
by guest blogger Valerie Ntinu Valerie is a recently graduated Media, Culture and Society wiz. If she’s not out writing your next fave article, you can find her scrolling through the Netflix-verse, binge-watching your favourite rom-com series. “College is going to be the best years of your life”. These words echo in my head in … More Surviving a Predominantly White Institution – a black girl’s memoirs
by Jeff Makana From 2011 to 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland I undertook a project on the invisibility of immigrants in conjunction with Espace Mozaik, an association working with immigrants and survivors of torture. There, I interviewed immigrants from different backgrounds on the barriers to integration in Switzerland. Below follows a reflection on the issue of … More Living in Limbo: the disintegration and psychiatrization of immigrants of African descent in Switzerland
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!
“”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  in the northern … More Against Zwarte Piet in 2017: A Personal Account
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
by Praveen Sewgobind, paper presented at the Humboldt University, Berlin conference Race, Power, and Privilege in Academia on July 27th, 2017 (View the powerpoint presentation here & the full event program available here) “Racism becomes something bad that we can’t even speak of, as if to describe x as racist is to damage or … More Detroping White Privilege: “Diversity” Politics Beyond the Token Paradigm