Isabel Hoving

Isabel Hoving is affiliated with the Department of Film and Literary Studies of Leiden University, where she teaches postcolonial theory and theories of globalisation, ecocriticism, gender studies and cultural analysis. Her publications include a study on Caribbean migrant women writers, In Praise of New Travellers (Stanford UP, 2001), co-edited  books on (Dutch) migration, Caribbean literatures, African literature and art; an edited volume on Dutch Racism and a monography on the intersections of postcolonial theory and ecocriticism are forthcoming. She is member of the editorial boards of Thamyris/ Intersecting: Place, Sex, and Race;  Ecozon@: the European Journal on Literature, Culture and the Environment, and Ecocritical Theory and Practice, and the advisory board of EASLCE. She is the founder of the Benelux Association of the Study of Art, Culture and the Environment. In addition to her academic work, she is an awarded youth writer. More Information

Panel: Dutch Racism

Chair: Philomena Essed, professor, Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies, Antioch University

Panelists: Isabel Hoving (Leiden University), Joseph Jordan, Prof. Gloria Wekker (UU), Prof. Halleh Ghorashi (Free university Amsterdam)

This panel introduces the book Dutch Racism (Eds. Philomena Essed & Isabel Hoving). It is the first of its kind to present a comprehensive picture of the nature of Dutch racism. An interdisciplinary group of contributors unfolds the legacy of racism in the Netherlands and the (former) colonies, how it operates in and beyond the national borders, is shaped by European and global influences, and intersects with other systems of domination. Topics include colonial histories revisited, Afrikaner settler racism, everyday antisemitism and islamophobia, racism and interaction at work, contemporary novels, government policy, the integration exam, the psychology of racism in public debates, and 21th century resistance. The panel focuses on the questions: what is specific to Dutch racism, what contributes to its complexity, and why is racism so intensely contested in the Netherlands.