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
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