Department of Culture and Learning

keynote speakers

Keynote addresses will be given by the following distinguished scholars: 

Professor Philomena Essed

Antioch University 

Race, Dehumanization and the Quest for Dignity

Abstract: In this presentation I return to basics: what is racism, and how does it shape and is shaped by other phenomena? Can we broaden the horizon beyond an emphasis on race/racism or, even race, gender and class? I intend to call attention to the broader phenomenon of dehumanization, a universal form of exclusion through and beyond race, and the quest for humanness and dignity, a universal need.  The purpose is to explore frameworks that can firmly capture racism, without assuming hierarchies of oppression, let alone a primacy of race-ethnicity.  

Biography: Philomena Essed is professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.  She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (cum laude) and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Pretoria, and Umeå University. Well known for introducing the concepts of everyday racism, gendered racism, and entitlement racism, she also pioneered in developing theory on social and cultural cloning.  More recently, she her focus includes issues of dignity and ethics of care as experience and practice in leading change. 

Professor Nasar Meer

University of Edinburgh

Securing Whiteness – Racialisation and the Ongoing Project 

Abstract: Racialization inter alia whiteness is a relatively recent area of scholarship, even though many of the questions it addresses are inherently intertwined and elementary issues of race and racism. In this talk I will explore how different ‘projects’ of whiteness have been pursued through racialization processes, and the ways in which these projects are ongoing.

Biography: Nasar Meer is Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. His publications include: Islam and Modernity (4 Volumes) (ed, 2017); Interculturalism and multiculturalism: Debating the dividing lines (co-ed, 2016); Citizenship, Identity and the Politics of Multiculturalism: The rise of Muslim consciousness (2015, 2nd Edition); Racialization and religion (ed, 2014), Race and Ethnicity (2014) and European Multiculturalism(s) (co-edited, 2012). In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Thomas Reid Medal for excellence in the social sciences, and in 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. @NasarMeer

Associate professor Peter Hervik

Aalborg University

Studying Racialization in Denmark 

Abstract: In recent years, the invisibility of racialized discrimination has again and again been made visible to the Danish public. When invisible structural racialization and discrimination become visual, reactions have been strong, emotional, and polarizing. Issues of race, racism, and racialization are either stored away in the past or in foreign countries, while experiences of Danes with minority background are denied as racism; reduced to individualized pathologies; or misunderstandings, and accompanied by confrontational verbal radicalism and political marketing of a Danish nation in danger. This lecture will discuss the study of these processes from a combined scholar-activist perspective, which begins by critically exploring the toolbox of contemporary racism scholarship mostly from sociology and anthropology.

Biography: Peter Hervik is Associate Professor in Migration Studies in the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University and head of the research project SERR (Study of Experiences and Reactions to Racialization in Denmark). His publications include: Mayan Lives Within and Beyond Boundaries. Social Categories and Lived Identity in Yucatan, (1999); Mediernes muslimer. [Muslims of the Media] En antropologisk undersøgelse af mediernes dækning af religioner i Danmark. Copenhagen, 2002; The Annoying Difference. The Emergence of Danish Neonationalism, Neoracism, and Populism in the Post-1989 World. 2011; Can Behaviour Be Controlled? Women in Post-Revolutionary Egypt. (With Mette Toft Nielsen). 2017, (2015 in Arabic), and editor of Racialization, Racism and anti-Racism in the Nordic Countries. (Editor). Series: Approaches to Social Inequality and Difference. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2018).



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