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Queer Diasporic Spacetime and People Of Color Formations: A View from (De-)colonial Europe.

Thursday 27 June 2019
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden


This talk takes as its starting point the political construct "people of color". Recent US critiques, particularly from Afropessimist and Native Studies scholars, seem to strongly indicate that this coalitional term is increasingly being used as a means to brush over specific forms of violence and significant differences between modes of racialization. At the same time, anti-racist coalitions in response to the global rise of neo-nationalism and ethnic essentialism are urgently needed. Thus, while acknowledging the importance of these critiques, I suggest that rather than discarding the term people of color, we might reassess it by decentering the US discourse and instead look at it from “marginal" perspectives, such as the European one. Europe diverges from the US model of racialization in ways that tend to be misread, especially in Europe itself, as the absence of race as a relevant social and political category. While racial slavery and native dispossession and genocide are foundational to the US, in Europe, it is the racializing of religion and colonialism that shaped the continental identity and in turn continues to shape the positionality of in particular the African, Roma and Muslim diasporas. In my talk, I will trace strategies of resistance to racist exclusion grounded in the intersecting experiences of these communities in Europe.


Entrance is free, but please register at secrcaos@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

EASA Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity Network Meeting

This lecture is part of the EASA Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity Network Meeting on 27 and 28 June. More information can be found here

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