What does it mean to study racism in Europe when race is often thought not to “exist”?
What are the socio-historical experiences of black populations across the continent?
What is the role of racism and discrimination for the continued marginalization of non-white populations?
Please join us for 2019 Race and Racism in Europe Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI) Capstone Conference. After a semester discussing how to think racially outside of the United States and examining intergroup social stratification in Europe, GIRI students will present their research. These projects focus on a myriad of topics, including whiteness, racial ideology, hate speech, xenophobic attitudes, educational inequality, and racial and ethnic identities.
Race and Racism in Europe – Spring 2019
The 2019 Spring GIRI seminar explored what humanities scholar David Theo Goldberg refers to as “racial Europeanization,” or how race and racism are framed as a problem everywhere but in Europe. What does it mean to study race in Europe when race is often seen as inexistent? What are the socio-historical experiences of black populations across the continent? What is the role of racism and discrimination for the continued marginalization of non-white populations? We will discuss how to think racially outside of the United States, the formation of intergroup economic stratification, the nature of the “immigrant problem” vis a vis citizenship, the role of the state and statistics about race and ethnicity, the role of whiteness and national identities, the question of Islam and Islamophobia, and the role of hate speech and anti-racist movements and legal frameworks.
The Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI) seminar is an interdisciplinary, vertically integrated research course that emphasizes a judicious application of mixed methods from the social sciences and humanities, including quantitative, qualitative, and archival research. With crosslists in multiple departments, GIRI facilitates integrated study and research across fields of social, historical, and political inequality. The course invites each student to produce a major paper that will qualify for submission to a refereed journal in the area relevant to the focus of the study. Past GIRI seminar themes include reparations, genetics and neuroscience, racism in Europe, and social determinants of health.
Dr. Terri E. Givens, former Provost at Menlo College in the San Francisco Bay Area, Professor of Government and European studies at The University of Texas at Austin, Vice Provost overseeing undergraduate curriculum and spearheading global initiatives as its chief international officer and founding director of the Center for European Studies will keynote. She is the author of books and articles on immigration policy, antidiscrimination politics and security issues, including Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe.