Halleh Ghorashi

Halleh Ghorashi is professor of Diversity and Integration in the Department Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is the author and co-author of several books and has published many articles on topics such as identity, diasporic positioning and cultural diversity both inside and outside organizations. Her most recent international publication is the edited volume, Muslim Diaspora in the West: Negotiating Gender, Home and Belonging (together with H. Moghissi, eds., Ashgate 2010).  Her present research focus is on the narratives of identity and belonging of migrants, along with the processes of exclusion and inclusion (in and beyond organizations) in the context of growing culturalism. More information

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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.