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.
Race, Queerness & Transfeminism in European Migration studies.
25 march 2021 16:00 - 17:00
Who is a migrant in Europe? The third session of the series invites Alyosxa Tudor (SOAS) to discuss their work on migratism, racism and transfeminism in European migration studies.
Recommended Readings Session 3 - Alyosxa Tudor
Fatima El-Tayeb is Professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies and associate director of critical gender studies at the University of California, San Diego, where her innovative scholarship deals with issues of migration, sexuality, ethnicity, queerness and race in Europe.
Recommended Readings Session 1 - Fatima El-Tayeb
El-Tayeb, F. (2008). “The birth of a European public”: Migration, postnationality, and race in the uniting of Europe. American Quarterly, 60(3), 649–670. https://doi.org/10.1353/aq.0.0024
El-Tayeb, F. (2012). “Gays who cannot properly be gay”: Queer Muslims in the neoliberal European city. European Journal of Women’s Studies, 19(1), 79–95. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506811426388
Studying Race and Migration Together: a Conversation between Amade M’charek & Tobias Hübinette
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.
Recommended Readings Session 2 - Amade M’charek & Tobias Hübinette
Essed, P., & Nimako, K. (2006). Designs and (co)incidents: Cultures of scholarship and public policy on immigrants/minorities in the Netherlands. International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 47(3–4), 281–312. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020715206065784
M’charek, A. (2020). Harraga: Burning borders, navigating colonialism. Sociological Review, 68(2), 418–434. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026120905491
Hübinette, T. (2013). Swedish antiracism and white melancholia. Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal. 4(1), (Autumn 2013). https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/ERCW.4.1.2
For each session the organisers will collect a list of recommended readings for further research on the topic.
Introduction to the study of race and migration:
Session 1 - Fatima El-Tayeb
Session 2 - Amade M’charek & Tobias Hübinette
Session 3 - Alyosxa Tudor
Session 4 - Barak Kalir
Session 5 - Betty de Hart