Week against Racism

During the European-wide Week against Racism (16 to 21 March), SeSi community center of the HvA and the Chief Diversity Officer team of the UvA, will join forces and organize a week with various guest lectures and workshops. The program is open for students and staff of the UvA and the HvA as well as others who are interested.

The week will start on Monday 16 March with a Kick-off event at club Jaco about ethnic profiling and on Saturday 21 March we will jointly walk the national demonstration against racism at the Dam Square at 14:00.

The CDO team and Sesi are committed to diversity, inclusion and equality within the UvA and HvA. During the week against racism, they are therefore committed to raising awareness about racism and discrimination and continuing the dialogue within the institutions about these important issues. The week will include activities such as a workshop about implicit bias and a Keti Koti Dialogue dinner.

See the whole program of the week here:

Monday 16 March

Workshop - What to do with white privilege

Time: 15:00-16:00

Location: Roetereilandcampus – room D1.00

Workshop leader: Anne de Graaf
Language: English

Kick-off Week against Racism - Ethnic profiling

Welcome word by Geert ten Dam, chair of the Executive Board UvA

16:30uur- 17:00uur: walk-in
17.00 start program
19.30 end program with music, food and drinks

Location: Jaco (Jongeren Activiteiten Centrum Oost)
Rhijnspoorplein 1A, Amsterdam

Language: Netherlands

About the kick-off

Monday 16 March, SESI, Jaco and the CDO-team, open the Week against Racism with a Kick-off #I’MMORETHAN. A dialogue evening about ethnic profiling, moderated by Dionne Hafiez (Abdoelhafiezkhan).

Based on different statement, we enter into discussions with each other about how ethnic profiling is maintained in the Netherlands, who is troubled by it and how we can contribute to this issue.

During this evening various performances by DJs and artists in various art forms can be seen.

Tuesday 17 March

Guest lecture - Racism and surveillance/technology

Time: 11:00-12:00

Location: Roeterseilandcampus – room A2.06

Guest lecturer: Tasniem Anwar
Language: English/Netherlands

About the lecturer:

Tasniem Anwar is a PhD candidate in the Political Science department of the University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation seeks to examine the production of legal knowledge through security practices around preventing and criminalizing terrorist financing. She is the co-founder of Amsterdam United, the intersectional student platform at the UvA.

About the lecture:
‘’Surveillance is often connected to preventive security measures in a post 9/11 society. Technological innovations enhance such security measures, by making it easier to monitor behaviour and collect data on a massive scale. Not only governments are interested in this data, but also commercial businesses, private security companies, banks and other institutions are part of this security practice. In this lecture we pay attention to how surveillance technologies and practices (like facial recognitions and algorthimic surveillance) produce, maintain or change racial stereotypes and inequalities. To understand this, we examine the historical relations between surveillance and race, and elaborate on the connections between surveillance and colonialism and slavery. From this historical analysis we try to understand surveillance practices not as a post 9/11 phenomenon, but as a continuous development of control that links these new technologies to previous racializing surveillance practices.’’

Workshop - Implicit bias

Time: 14:00-16:00

Location: Roetereilandcampus – room B2.02

Workshop leaders: Alfrida Martis & Janissa Jacobs
Language: English/Netherlands

About the workshop:
An introductory training on diversity, inclusion and intersectionality. Participants are introduced to various diversity topics, frameworks and theory, so they gain basic knowledge in order to be able to talk more knowledgeably about diversity. Themes that are covered include implicit bias, good practices, resource-sharing, allyship, power dynamics and diversity literacy. Follow-up workshops are strongly advised, as these provide additional room for in-depth engagement.


Time: 17:00-20:00

Location: CREA Amsterdam

Language: English

To be announced soon

Wednesday 18 March

Guest lecture - Making Excellence Inclusive in Challenging Times: Global Considerations for Decolonising the Classroom and Beyond

Time: 11:00-13:00

Location: Roeterseilandcampus – Room C0.02

Guest lecturer: Frank Tuitt
Professor of Higher Education at the Morgridge College of EducationLanguage: English

About the lecture:
In recent years, major demographic and economic changes worldwide have contributed to the diversification of higher education. As a result, the need to understand how to advance access, inclusion and equity in increasingly diverse classrooms has taken on a greater importance. Accordingly, this session explores the concept of Inclusive Excellence and the implications it has for teaching and learning in a variety of higher educational settings. This presentation will expose participants to a range of pedagogical considerations to link inclusion to teaching excellence.

Workshop - Poetry & Writing

Time: 14:00-16:00

Location: Roetereilandcampus – Room B2.02

Workshop leaders: Alfrida Martis & Janissa Jacobs
Language: English/Netherlands

About the workshop:
A workshop on poetry for diversity and inclusion. Participants are encouraged to use various poetry and creative writing as an outlet to explore racism and discrimination and as a source of healing. There are no rules in creative writing, so this workshop is about sharing stories and expressing your voice.

Workshop - Making banners

Time: 17:00-19:00

Workshop leader: Tirza Lempers

Location: Jaco (Jongeren Activiteiten Centrum Oost)
Rhijnspoorplein 1A, Amsterdam

Language: English/Netherlands

A creative workshop in which participants can make banners and flyers for the demonstration against racism on Saturday.

Thursday 19 March

Guest lecture - Black identities and the search for inclusion in Dutch Society

Time: 11:00-13:00

Location: Roeterseilandcampus – Room C0.01

Guest lecturer: Francio Guadeloupe
Language: English

About the lecture

‘’My new book project, So How Does it Feel to be a black man living in the Netherlands, an anthropological account, complements the gender inflected anti-racist scholarship of stellar Caribbean-Dutch scholars such as Philomena Essed and Gloria Wekker. Where Essed (1991) focuses on the experience and knowledge that Afro-Dutch women have regarding everyday racism, and Wekker (2016) undertakes a ‘psychoanalysis’ of white people as she phrases it, mine is one that brings to the fore the ways within the realm of urban popular culture brown skinned women and men of Antillean descent in the Netherlands contest their secondarization and together with other Dutch—e.g. Moroccan-Dutch, Ghanaian-Dutch, Turkish-Dutch, Surinamese-Dutch, native-Dutch, etc.—have been busy creating and pushing an anti-racist understanding of Dutch identity. In doing so I focus on the way these youths have been developing alternative ways of conceiving the Netherlands in urban music, video clips, sporting grounds, and stand up comedies. Those who became nationally acclaimed urban popular artists project other presentations of self into the Dutch mainstream. I take these alternative formulations of Dutch identity to be translations of a more inclusive structure of feeling, inspired by everyday convivialities, that deserves academic attention for the ways in which it foregrounds the agency of the subalternized without downplaying the impact of institutional and everyday forms of racism.’’

Dialogue diner - Keti Koti table

Time: 17:00-19:30

Location: to be announced soon

Dialogue leader: Mercedes Zandwijken
Language: Englisch/Netherlands

About the Keti Koti table:

‘’ A Keti Koti Table is a meeting during which we reflect on slavery’s past and its consequences for the present by performing various symbolic acts before, during and after a meal. All of this is meant to increase awareness of our own actions and our own feelings in relation to the history of slavery and its consequences’’

Source: http://www.ketikotitafel.nl/about.html

Information manual

Debat in de stad - LGBTQIA+ and Racism

Time: 21:00-22:00

Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger

Language: Netherlands

About Debat in de Stad:
‘Debat in de Stad’ is a program from SeSi, an online and offline community within the Social Work program at the HvA. SeSi works with students on developing programs and organizing them for their student community. The aims is to strengthen study involvement, but also to increase social involvement and participation. Thus, ensuring an inclusive learning environment that does justice to the diversity of the student population. With this SeSi works on the study success of the students.

Sign up via Pakhuis de Zwijger

Saturday 21 March

National Demonstration against Racism

Time: 14:00-17:00

Location: Dam Square, Amsterdam

About the demonstration:
‘’March 21 is the international day against racism and discrimination. This day was proclaimed by the UN after the brutal murder of 69 people in Sharpeville in 1960 by the South African apartheid regime. People all over the world walk the streets this day to raise their voices against racism and discrimination. “

Source: https://21maartcomite.nl/?p=870

No registration needed

You do not have to register for the activities. You can just walk in.
For question or comments, you can contact Fatima Kamal at f.kamal@uva.nl



SeSi Community Center – HvA

Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) team – UvA