Philomena Essed

Philomena Essed has a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (1990) and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Pretoria (2011). She is professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership studies, Antioch University (USA), PhD in Leadership and Change Program. Well known for introducing the concepts of everyday racism and gendered racism her work has been adopted and applied in a range of countries, including the US, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the UK, Switzerland, and Australia. Books and edited volumes include Understanding Everyday Racism; Diversity: Gender, Color and Culture; Race Critical Theories; Refugees and the Transformation of Societies; A Companion to Gender Studies (‘outstanding’ 2005 CHOICE award), and Clones, Fakes and Posthumans: Cultures of Replication, (2012). A volume on Dutch Racism is in progress.

Essed has a life long commitment to social justice. In addition to her academic work in this area she has been advisor to governmental and non-governmental organizations, nationally and internationally. She is a deputy member of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. In 2011 The Queen of the Netherlands honored her with a Knighthood. More information

Panel: Dutch Racism

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

Panelists: Isabel Hoving (Leiden University), Joseph Jordan, 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.

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