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!

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

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

Detroping White Privilege: “Diversity” Politics Beyond the Token Paradigm

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

Strategies for Action: speaking out & taking space!

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!

Augustown by Kei Miller (2016) – Book Review

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

Racist normalcies when crossing borders in Europe

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