“”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
Blogging #RTGII by Leah Cowan One of the first Saturday sessions at Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance was led by Mohamed Wa Baile (a playwright, scholar and activist with Allianz gegen Racial Profiling) and Gloria Holwerda (the artist behind the A Sint You Want intervention, and the founder of INARG: the InterNational Anti-Racism … More Strategies for Action: speaking out & taking space!
by Rae Parnell Reading Augustown by Jamaican writer Kei Miller can at times be sensory decadence. This is not an action-packed novel, but is instead a profession of love and dedication to the history and legacy of a real town in Jamaica ‘coincidentally’ called “August Town.” Miller unfolds complex racial, generational, and cultural dynamics of … More Augustown by Kei Miller (2016) – Book Review
by Praveen Sewgobind, University of Potsdam In October/November 2016, I, a PhD researcher at Potsdam University, was travelling to two conferences in Toronto and Innsbruck to present papers. Both conferences offered participants a possibility to outline critical perspectives on dominant discourses, hegemonic structures, and provide a platform to engage in discussion and forge alliances. The … More Racist normalcies when crossing borders in Europe
We’re delighted to announce that there will be a performance of Weisser Peter, written by Mohamed Wa Baile, at 7pm on Friday 4th November, at the Westbahntheater in Innsbruck. The performance is part of our conference- Returning the Gaze II: Stories of Resistance. Mohamed Wa Baile is an activist, scholar and playwright based in Switzerland … More Weisser Peter (White Peter) Stage Play Performance in Innsbruck