Digital Lecture: Decolonizing Europe with Prof. Fatima El-Tayeb


Digital Lecture: Decolonizing Europe with Prof. Fatima El-Tayeb
  • Date & time
    18-09-2020, 17:00
  • Guest(s)
    Fatima El-Tayeb
  • Cooperation
    Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung und Stiftung Mercator

Even though racism is inseparable from European history and the continents’ colonial past, the idea of Europe as a “colorblind continent” has been central to the continents’ narrative. In her book ‘European Others: Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe.’ (2011), our speaker Fatima El-Tayeb, Professor for Literature and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego, examines how racialized communities in Europe produce new forms of identity and activism as tension between a growing non-white, non-Christian population and essentialist definitions of Europeanness grows.

Based on her work of the past fifteen years, Fatima El-Tayeb spoke about decolonizing processes that still need to find alignment with a postmigrant and non-essentialist understanding of Europeanness. Furthermore, she discussed the integral role of Europeans of Colour for the continents past, present, and, future.

The event “Decolonizing Europe“ was hosted by the project and Instagram channel Postmigrant Europe (@postmigrant_europe) and the peer education network Understanding Europe. It was part of the European Summer School for Understanding Europe peer educators.

The discussion was moderated by Nozizwe Dube, Young European of the Year 2017, and held in English.

The digital lecture was streamed via the Schwarzkopf Foundation Youtube channel. Questions could be asked in writing during the event.



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