Thursday, June 5

Topics of the day

On July 1st 2013, the Dutch abolition of slavery reached its 150th anniversary. To
commemorate this, many public debates and other events were organized around
this otherwise rarely discussed issue in The Netherlands. At the beginning of the
day we will go back in history with Gert Oostindie, who will tell us more about Dutch
slave trade and colonialism.

Thanks to the ‘Zwarte Piet’ discussion, the Dutch public debate on racism has
slowly opened up during the last years. Zihni Ozdil will address the dynamics of
institutionalized racism of which many people are still unaware. Quincy Gario is the
frontman of ‘Roet in het Eten’, an anti-racism movement, and the one who fueled
the ‘Zwarte Piet’ discussion. He will be present to discuss his anti-racist arts and
activities with us.

In the afternoon we will embark on a special journey on the canals of Amsterdam,
to look for hidden traces of the Dutch history of slavery: The Black Heritage Tour.

Anne Frank House, Westermarkt 10

Institutionalized racism

>> 09.00 -09.30 Introducing the Day

>> 09.30 -10.45 Slave-trading and slavery in Dutch colonialism
Gert Oostindie, professor Caribbean History

>> 10.45- 11.00 Break

>> 11.00- 12.00 Race, racism and citizenship in The Netherlands
Zihni Özdil, lecturer history Erasmus University

>> 12.00 -13.00 Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is racism
Quinsy Gario, initiator campaign, artist, activist

>> 13.00- 13.30 Lunch

>> 13.30- 18.00 Black Heritage Tour
Jeniffer Tosch, owner BHAT tours

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