Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)


The “migrant with poor prospects”: racialized intersections of class and culture in Dutch civic integration debates

A lecture by Saskia Bonjour: The recent trend towards selective immigration policies is based on the racialization of certain categories of migrants into irretrievably unassimilable Others.

Ghetto Chameleons: Surviving Gangs, Violence and Racism in Cape Town

Lecture by Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard

What to do with ‘white working-class’ underachievement? Framing ‘white working-class’ underachievement in post-Brexit England.

Esther Miedema and Kafui Adjogatse: Scrutinizing the recent disproportionate media and political attention provided to the ills of the ‘white working-class’, this article examines the framing of their apparent underachievement in education policy and discourse in post-Brexit vote England.

Like Cases Alike?

Irene van Oorschot on sentencing disparity in the Dutch judiciary

‘Ethnicity’ in health research, policy, and care in the Netherlands

Alana Helberg-Proctor

Race, Belonging, and Knowledge Production After DNA

How do participants in genetic ancestry research remake the meaning of DNA when they repurpose their data to speak less to researcher’s questions and more to their own? With Noah Temarkin.

Gloria Wekker on 'White Innocence in the Netherlands'

In this lecture, Gloria Wekker will delve into her recent book 'White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race' (Wekker 2016), which is an ethnography of dominant Dutch self – representation.

Contesting classifications: racial moralities in South Africa’s insurance industry

One of the central features of actuarial knowledge and its application is the establishment of classifications. In South Africa, these classifications are heavily saturated with concerns about racial inequality. Erik Bähre examines how and when racial categories are established and avoided.

Biomedicine and everyday notions of ‘race’ in Brazil: the endurance of ideas about bodily difference

How do ideas about ‘race’ as a biological reality endure? In which ways can they co-exist with understandings of ‘race’ as a social construct? Elena Calvo-González (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil) explores how the interaction between biomedical and everyday ideas about ‘race’ takes place in contemporary Brazil.

‘Ras’: Terug van nooit weggeweest?

A panel discussion on 'Race' in the context of the ‘Out of the Box’ exhibition at the UvA 'bijzondere collecties'.


Race and its application to facial depiction from skeletal remains

Lecture by Caroline Wilkinson

Blood, race, and genetics in the mid-twentieth century

Lecture by Jenny Bingham

Superdiversity, autochthony, and the politics of race in the Netherlands

Lecture by Paul Mepschen (UvA-AISSR)

“More than just an object”: race in the practices of collecting, studying and repatriating Namibian skulls from Germany

Lecture by Leonor Faber-Jonker

What remains for the poor and the periphery? Racialized forensics and California’s genetic database

Lecture by Anna Jabloner

Aesthetic intersections: Racial repertoires in the evaluation of beauty in 5 European countries

Giselinde Kuipers (UvA) on aesthetics

Why (and how) race is still socially constructed

David Ludwig (VU Amsterdam) on Social constructionism

Policing Space and Race

A seminar by Sinan Çankaya (Bradford University)

Recent Standpoints on Decoloniality

A seminar by Sandra Harding, Distinguished Professor of Education and Gender Studies at UCLA

The Politics of Difference, time and again. On the ir/relevance of race in post-soviet human genetics

A seminar by Susanne Bauer,  junior professor in sociology of science at Goethe University Frankfurt/ Main. Her main focus in teaching and research is in STS and her work particularly deals with the life sciences, genomics, epidemiology and environmental health in Scandinavia, Germany and post-Soviet countries.

Of city lounges, assembly-prohibitions and musclemen in pink stilettos

Marguerite van den Berg, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam

Racializing Security: Plural Policing and Differentiated Citizenship

Rivke Jaffe, associate professor at the Centre for Urban Studies and the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam

Crossing borders, changing identities? Travel documents, money and personhood

Apostolos Andrikopoulos, PhD student at the AISSR, Programmegroup Dynamics of Citizenship and Culture 

Theorizing blackness and whiteness in historical perspective in the Netherlands

Dienke Hondius is Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at Free University Amsterdam.

Holland sings Dutch. The performance of Dutchness in a popular sing-along culture

Irene Stengs (Meertens Instituut) will anayse a specific Dutch popular song genre called 'levenslied' (literally ‘song of life’) and the way in which jointly levenslied singing embodies sentiments of Dutchness.

Out of Character: Dutchness as a public problem

Lecture by Rogier van Reekum, post-doctoral researcher in the Monitoring Modernities project (ERC) headed by prof. dr. Willem Schinkel at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Rogier is conducting research on the visualization of human mobility across contemporary Europe. He is finishing up his doctoral research on public and political debates on Dutchness in the last three decades.

Joined Seminar with Masae Kato and Jan van Baren-Nawrocka

How to make a region identity: DNA in archaeology practices in the Netherlands / Connections to the soil: capturing Dutch nationality in a genome database

Politicisation of race post-apartheid

Lecture by Deborah Posel, professor of sociology at the University of Cape Town, an appointment that coincided with her taking up the position as HUMA’s (Institute for humanities in Africa) founding director in January 2010

Race, Racism and Confusion

With Francio Guadeloupe on his research in the NWO funded program headed by Evelien Tonkens, Jan Willem Duyvendak and Peter Geschiere, entitled the culturalization of citizenship. 

Meaning(s) of “race”: The US as a comparative case

Dvora Yanow, professor at Wageningen University (Communication, Philosophy, and Technology Section), reflects on the Netherlands’ discussions of “race” and the Netherlands’ perception of the usage-meaning of “race” in the US to denote skin color, perhaps connoting class hierarchies as well, reflecting the US history of slavery, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights movement. 

Changing concepts of unchanging difference: How to understand continuities of biological race?

Tino Plümecke, visiting scholar from Frankfurt University (CSG-fellow), will offer an overview of new conceptualizations of human difference in the international life sciences and will adress why racialized concepts remain central in some of the most modernist scientific fields like medicine and forensics.

What’s the Use of Race?

 This debate will address the two different meanings of this question, namely how and where is race made ir/relevant and to what effect? And is race a relevant or viable category in understanding current day societies?

Museums and the relics of racial research: The Case of the Skulls from Urk

In this presentation Demelza van der Maas will offer an overview of the recent developments in the debate on collecting and exhibiting human remains in Dutch museums by highlighting the case of the restitution of six human skulls from the collection of the University Museum of Utrecht to the inhabitants of the former island of Urk. 

Beyond Galton: the 19th century British debate over inherited differences

This 'Ir/relevance of Race Seminar' presents Professor Diane Paul, visiting scholar in the Free University of Amsterdam. Professor Diane Paul argues that the question of the relative importance of innate characteristics and institutional arrangements in explaining human differences was vehemently contested in Britain during the first half of the 19th century. 

Fission and Fusion: Nativism, race, and memory politics in the Netherlands

In this presentation, Markus Balkenhol (Meertens Instituut, Vrij Universiteit Amsterdam) will argue that race as a politics of belonging, rather than being replaced by 'culture', continues to be operative as a marker of difference. 

Identity Politics after DNA: Re/Creating categories of difference and belonging

With Katharina Schramm (Martin Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) & David Skinner (Anglia Ruskin University, UK). Their presentations will be based on the book 'Identity Politics after DNA: Re/Creating categories of difference and belonging', edited by Katharina Schramm, David Skinner and Richard Rottenburg. 

Technologies of Belonging. Biology, Race and Ethnicity in Europe

The workshop will bring together scholars from the history of science, anthropology, science and technology studies and post-colonial studies. The format of the workshop is such that it invites the engagement and debate as to help unravel the similarities and differences between these fields and specifically what race is made to be in them. Rather than aiming at an ultimate answer to what race is, we seek to understand the multiple effects of race thinking and doing. The workshop is intended to the start of a series of events on this and related themes. 

Published by  AISSR

29 June 2018