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Bridging Race and Migration Studies

Online Lecture Series

In 2021, ACES launches a new online lecture series titled “Race and Migration - scholarship in between, on and beyond the borders”. 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.

Recorded events

  • Alyosxa Tudor
    Race, Queerness & Transfeminism in European Migration Studies

    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.

  • Amade M'Charek and Tobias Hübinette
    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.

  • Fatima El-Tayeb
    Fatima El-Tayeb

    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. 

  • Recommend Reading

    For each session the organisers will collect a list of recommended reading for further research on the topic. 

    Introduction to the study of race and migration: 

    • Crenshaw K, Gotanda N and Peller G. (1995) Critical race theory: The key writings that formed the movement, New York: The New Press.
    • Erel, U., Murji, K., & Nahaboo, Z. (2016). Understanding the contemporary race–migration nexus. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39(8), 1339–1360. 
    • Goldberg, D. T. (2006). Racial Europeanization. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 29(2), 331–364. 
    • Hall, S. (2017). The Fateful Triangle. Race, Ethnicity, Nation.(K. Mercer (ed.). Harvard University Press.
    • Lentin A. (2008) Europe and the Silence about Race. European Journal of Social Theory, 11, 487-503.
    • Mayblin, L., & Turner, J. (2020). Migration Studies and Colonialism. Cambridgre, MA: Polity Press.

    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. 
    • 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.

    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. 
    • M’charek, A. (2020). Harraga: Burning borders, navigating colonialism. Sociological Review, 68(2), 418–434.
    • Hübinette, T. (2013). Swedish antiracism and white melancholia. Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal. 4(1), (Autumn 2013).

    Session 3 - Alyosxa Tudor

    • Tudor, A. (2017). Queering Migration Discourse. Differentiating Racism and Migratism in Postcolonial Europe. Lambda Nordica, 22(2–3), 21–40.
    • Tudor, A.  (2018) Cross-fadings of racialisation and migratisation: the postcolonial turn in Western European gender and migration studies, Gender, Place & Culture, 25(7), 1057-1072,

    Session 4 - Barak Kalir

    Session 5 - Betty de Hart