Digital Lecture: Contemporary racisms in Europe with Prof. David Theo Goldberg
European societies are characterized by plurality, but equally so by contemporary forms of racism that have long lasting links to a seemingly far away past. Racisms are as fluid as the contexts in which they come about, but still appear to follow certain recognizable logics and fulfil particular functions.
What characterizes contemporary racisms in European societies today? In addition to observing the effects these racisms still have for people affected by racial discrimination in Europe in the present, how can peering into the past especially shed light on this question?
Our speaker for this digital lecture, Professor David Theo Goldberg, Director of the University of California’s Humanities Research Institute, will offer an insight into how a critical reading of the past can inform our understanding of contemporary forms of racism in Europe and elsewhere around the globe.
Professor Goldberg says that “racism anywhere is not possible to be upheld without racisms elsewhere”, thereby highlighting the relatedness between the contemporary racisms that are visible in Europe and in other parts of the world today.
How does anti-Black racism in Ferguson relate to anti-Muslim racism in Amsterdam? And how does anti-Gypsyism in Berlin relate to antisemitism in Brussels? What connects and distinguishes racisms from each other nowadays? But also, why can it also be difficult to compare racisms, as they can be both, found in the past and in the present? What are the challenges facing critical race analysis and practice today, and what are opportunities?
This digital lecture is hosted by the Schwarzkopf-Stiftung’s two year project Postmigrant Europe, funded by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb), and will be moderated by Ozan Zakariya Keskinkılıç, lecturer and research associate at the Alice-Salomon-Hochschule in Berlin.
Postmigrant Europe is a digital journey and learning platform on postcolonial and racism-critical thought that takes place this year on our Instagram channel @postmigrant_europe and prospectively continues in autumn 2021 with a study trip to the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and a closing conference.
The digital lecture will be hosted on Zoom, questions may be asked in writing during the event.
Register for this event via this link and receive access to the Zoom link a few hours before the event starts.