Prof. Dr. Gloria Wekker is emerita professor in Gender and Ethnicity at the Department of Gender Studies at the Faculty of the Arts of Utrecht University. She is a social and cultural anthropologist (PhD UCLA, 1992), specialized in Gender Studies, African American and Caribbean Studies and In 2007, she won the Ruth Benedict Prize of American Anthropological Association for The Politics if Passion; Women´s sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora (Columbia University Press). Her research themes are: constructions of sexual subjectivity in the black Diaspora; gendered and racialized knowledge systems in the Dutch academy and society and the Dutch cultural Archive; and the history of the black, migrant and refugee women’s movement in the Netherlands. She also writes poetry and prose.
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.