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What are the obstacles to bridging race- and migration studies in Europe? In this second session, we invite Amade M’Charek (UvA, the Netherlands) and Tobias Hübinette (Karlstad University, Sweden) to tackle this question.

Event details of Bridging Race and Migration Studies: Amade M'Charek and Tobias Hübinette
Date 17 February 2021
Time 16:00 -17:00

Amade M’Charek and Tobias Hübinette have both been involved in debates about the (de)institutionalization of race studies in European academia and will reflect on their experiences and views in conversation with each other.  The session will address the role of institutions in facilitating/obstructing interaction between race- and migration studies and invites the audience to reflect on constructive ways forward. The conversation will be moderated by Saskia Bonjour (UvA).

About Amade M’charek

Amade M’charek is Professor of Anthropology of Science at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests lie at the  intersections of science and society - between forensics, forensic anthropology and race. In her research, Amade critically engages with “the absent presence of race” in the production and application of scientific knowledge. Her work interrogates the social aspects of various biomedical technologies and practices, such as human genetic diversity, diversity in medical practice, and forensic genetics.

She is the PI of the RaceFaceID project, an ERC-consolidator project on forensic identification and the making of face and race and is currently rounding up the project “Dutchness in Genes and Genealogy”, which explores how Dutchness is enacted in collaborations between population geneticists, archaeologists and genealogists. She is the convener of the seminar series  Ir/relevance of Race in Science and Society.

About Tobias Hübinette

Tobias Hübinette is Associate Professor in Intercultural Education at Karlstad University, Sweden. His research explores Swedish critical race- and whiteness studies, as well as adoption, migration, minorities, Korea, Asians and Swedishness. Hübinette is a frequent contributor to public discussions on race- and racialization in Sweden and has published extensively on these topics. His latest titles include "To write about Swedishness. Studies in the Swedish race relations as reflected in the non-white Swedish literature" (2019) and "White melancholia. An analysis of a nation in crisis" (with Catrin Lundström, 2020).

About the Series

In 2021, ACES launches a new online lecture series titled “Race and Migration - scholarship in between, on and beyond the borders”. Starting January 27th and reaching until June 10th, the series invites speakers and the audience to reflect on the historical divides and bridges between race and migration scholarship in Europe. During five monthly sessions, scholars from various fields are invited to discuss how they tackle the intersections between race- and migration in both their scholarly work and in institutional settings. The series is convened by Sonja Evaldsson Mellström and Eline Westra, UvA Department of Political Science.

What are the points of contestation between race- and migration studies in 21st century Europe? Why have these two fields developed parallel to, but not always in conversation with, each other?

The study of race- and ethnicity in Europe has historically been concerned with imperial pasts, postcolonial presents and constructions of race across the continent. Migration studies, on the other hand, has predominantly tackled issues of migrant settlement, integration and global mobilities focusing on questions of labour markets and economics, national identity and social cohesion, and state sovereignty. While there are notable exceptions, serious engagement with issues of race- and ethnicity has traditionally been lacking in European migration studies. Over the past decades, a shift has occurred in Europe where scholars within critical race-, migration-, post/colonial - and mobility studies increasingly have treated race and ethnicity as constitutive of migration processes. This IMES/ACES lecture series invites six scholars to reflect on how the intersections between ethnicity-, race,- post/colonial- and migration scholarship inform both their own work and the larger field of migration studies. The series offers a platform for students, scholars and practitioners to critically engage with the historical divides and bridges between race and migration scholarship. Through the discussions the series aim to create avenues for tackling the issue of race in studies of transnational mobility and to provide a space to reflect on how academia institutionally can bridge the historical divides.