Lecture

SG - Facing Racism

The popularity of the notion of race also fuels its misunderstandings. How can we develop a more anthropological understanding of race, racism and racialization?

Organised by Studium Generale
Date

Tue 1 December 2020 20:00

Venue Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

About series Racism

This is an Open Mind Lab series, designed and realized together with a group of students.

About Facing Racism

The death of George Floyd unfolded in front of our eyes for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds. It quickly sparked protests against police brutality and a lack of police accountability around the United States and, later, internationally. At his memorial, the lawyer of George Floyd said that not the Coronavirus, but another pandemic caused his death: 'The pandemic of racism and discrimination.' 

The popularity of the notion of race also fuels its misunderstandings. General misconceptions assume that racism is the result of stereotypes, that racism is the problem of working class people or that racism now belongs to the past. How can we develop a more anthropological understanding of race, racism and racialization? 

About Sinan Çankaya

Sinan Çankaya (photo: Marijn Smulders)
Sinan Çankaya (photo: Marijn Smulders)

Dr. Sinan Çankaya is a writer and cultural anthropologist, and currently works as an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, department of public administration and political science. He earned a Ph.D. on processes of in- and exclusion of ethnic minority police officers, and went on to research racial profiling. In the past, his journalistic writings were published each month at De Correspondent. His main research topics are racial profiling, race, racialization, diversity policies, and in/exclusion within organizations. Taking public anthropology and the need to engage different publics serious, he recently published a non-fiction book Mijn ontelbare identiteiten (My Innumerable Identitities) which went straight to the bestseller list.