Topics of the day
Racism is still a difficult topic in Dutch Society. Not only is it rarely discussed, but its sheer existence is
often denied by the white majority. The Dutch tend to see themselves as tolerant and liberal, and to deny
the existence of institutional racism in their society.
How to work on creating a common language and collective discourse that truly includes everyone, is a
question best answered by top academic Gloria Wekker. With her lecture on a multicultural and antiracist
gender theory, she will bring an intersectional approach to racism into the room.
Quinsy Gario will, in his own fascinating way, share his struggle to bring racism back into the public
discourse. By doing so he will mirror Dutch society in their reaction to his, seemingly innocent, actions.
After lunch we will enter a very personal session about our own experiences with racism. Everyone can
contribute to the conversation, which is meant to allow us to better understand where we come from, and
how we are shaped and influenced by our life experiences. There are no bad or stupid questions, and
everyone is welcome to share their point of view. Ali al‐Jaberi will moderate the conversation, and we
have invited a few people who strongly relate to the topic to join us.
To top off the day, Ruud and Hodan, two 2012 Senior Fellows, will share their experience on how they
managed to build on these complicated issues for their HIA Action Plan. They are the first example of how
Fellows can stay active after the Fellowship Program.
Anne Frank House, Westermarkt 10
09.00 – 09.30 Introducing the day – Nienke Venema
09.30 – 11.00 ‘A multicultural and antiracist
gender theory in the Netherlands’
by Gloria Wekker, social and cultural anthropologist specializing in Gender,
Sexuality, African American Studies and Caribbean Studies
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee & Tea
11.15 ‐ 12.30 ‘Zwarte Piet Is Racism: How a tshirt
changed the debate on racism
in the Netherlands’
by Quinsy Gario, poet, artist & activist
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch outside (own expenses)
13.30 ‐ 15.30 ‘Experiencing racism’
Conversation in the group on personal experiences with racism, led by Ali Al
With Egbert Alejandro Martina and Ama Carr
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee & Tea
15.45 – 16.15 HIA Action Plan: intersectional radio show
by Hodan Warsame (SF HIA) and Ruud Tevreden (SF HIA)
16.15 – 17.30 Wrap up the day