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Week against Racism: cancelled

During the European Action Week against Racism (16-21 March), the SeSi Community Center of the AUAS (HvA) and the Chief Diversity Officer team of the UvA, will join forces to organise a week with various guest lectures and workshops. The programme is open to students and staff of the UvA and the AUAS as well as others who are interested.


The week will start on Monday, 16 March with a Kick-off event at club Jaco about ethnic profiling. On Saturday, 21 March we will join the national demonstration walk against racism starting at the Dam Square at 14:00.

The CDO team and Sesi are committed to diversity, inclusion and equity. This includes raising awareness about racism and discrimination and continuing dialogue within our institutions about these important issues. The week will include activities such as a workshop about implicit bias and a Keti Koti Dialogue dinner.

Monday, 16 March

  • Kick-off at club Jaco: Ethnic profiling

    Welcome word by Geert ten Dam, chair of the UvA's Executive Board

    • 16:30 - 17:00 Doors open
    • 17:00 Programme starts
    • 19:30 Programme ends with music, food and drinks


    Jaco (Jongeren Activiteiten Centrum Oost)
    Rhijnspoorplein 1A, Amsterdam



    About the Kick-off

    SESI, Jaco and the CDO team will open the Week against Racism with a Kick-off #I’MMORETHAN. An evening of dialogue about ethnic profiling, moderated by Dionne Hafiez (Abdoelhafiezkhan).

    Based on different statements, we'll discuss with one another how ethnic profiling is maintained in the Netherlands, who is troubled by it and how we can contribute to resolving this issue.

    During the evening, various performances by DJs and artists in various art forms can be seen.

    See the event on Facebook.

Tuesday, 17 March

  • Guest lecture: Racism and surveillance/technology
    • Time: 11:00-12:00
    • Location: Roeterseilandcampus – room A2.06
    • Guest lecturer: Tasniem Anwar
    • Language: English/Dutch

    Tasniem Anwar is a PhD candidate in the Political Science department of the University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation seeks to examine the production of legal knowledge through security practices around preventing and criminalising terrorist financing. She is the co-founder of Amsterdam United, the intersectional student platform at the UvA. 

    About the lecture

    Tasniem: 'Surveillance is often connected to preventive security measures in a post-9/11 society. Technological innovations enhance such security measures, by making it easier to monitor behaviour and collect data on a massive scale. Not only governments are interested in this data, but also commercial businesses, private security companies, banks and other institutions are part of this security practice. In this lecture we pay attention to how surveillance technologies and practices (like facial recognition and algorithmic surveillance) produce, maintain or change racial stereotypes and inequalities. To understand this, we examine the historical relations between surveillance and race, and elaborate on the connections between surveillance and colonialism and slavery. From this historical analysis we try to understand surveillance practices not as a post-9/11 phenomenon, but as a continuous development of control that links these new technologies to previous racialising surveillance practices.’

  • Workshop: Implicit bias

    About the workshop

    An introductory training on diversity, inclusion and intersectionality. Participants are introduced to various diversity topics, frameworks and theory, so they gain basic knowledge in order to be able to talk more knowledgably about diversity. Themes that are covered include implicit bias, good practices, resource-sharing, allyship, power dynamics and diversity literacy. Follow-up workshops are strongly advised, as these provide additional room for indepth engagement.

  • Film screening - Paris is Burning (1990)

    About the movie:

    Paris is Burning presents drag as a complex performance of gender, class, and race, and a way to express one's identity, desires and aspirations. During the Week Against Racism we want to invite you to think about race and racism, but also a lot of political identities that influence one another that cause discrimination.

    See here the Facebook event

Wednesday, 18 March

  • Guest lecture: Making excellence inclusive in challenging times: global considerations for decolonising the classroom and beyond
    Prof. Frank Tuitt
    • Time: 11:00-13:00
    • Location: Roetereilandcampus – room C0.02
    • Guest lecturer: Frank Tuitt, Professor of Higher Education, Morgridge College of Education
    • Language: English

    About the lecture

    In recent years, major demographic and economic changes worldwide have contributed to the diversification of higher education. As a result, the need to understand how to advance access, inclusion and equity in increasingly diverse classrooms has taken on a greater importance. Accordingly, this session explores the concept of Inclusive Excellence and the implications it has for teaching and learning in a variety of higher educational settings. This presentation will expose participants to a range of pedagogical considerations to link inclusion to teaching excellence.

  • Workshop: Poetry and writing
    • Time: 14:00-16:00
    • Location: Roetereilandcampus – room B3.01
    • Workshop leaders: Alfrida Martis and Janissa Jacobs
    • Language: English/Dutch

    About the workshop

    A workshop on poetry for diversity and inclusion. Participants are encouraged to use poetry and creative writing as an outlet to explore racism and discrimination and as a source of healing. There are no rules in creative writing, so this workshop is about sharing stories and expressing your voice.

  • Workshop: Making banners for the demonstration
    • Time: 13:00-15:00
    • Location: Jaco (Jongeren Activiteiten Centrum Oost)
    • Rhijnspoorplein 1A, Amsterdam
    • Workshop leader: Tirza Lempers
    • Language: English/Netherlands

    About the workshop

    A creative workshop in which participants can make banners and flyers for the demonstration against racism on Saturday.

Thursday, 19 March

  • Guest lecture: Black identities and the search for inclusion in Dutch Society
    • Time: 11:00-13:00
    • Location: Roetereilandcampus – room C0.01
    • Guest lecture: Francio Guadeloupe
    • Language: English

    About the lecture

    Francio: ’My new book project, So How Does it Feel to be a black man living in the Netherlands, an anthropological account, complements the gender-inflected, anti-racist scholarship of stellar Caribbean-Dutch scholars such as Philomena Essed and Gloria Wekker. Where Essed (1991) focuses on the experience and knowledge that Afro-Dutch women have regarding everyday racism, and Wekker (2016) undertakes a ‘psychoanalysis’ of white people as she phrases it, mine is one that brings to the fore the ways, within the realm of urban popular culture, brown-skinned women and men of Antillean descent in the Netherlands contest their secondarisation and together with other Dutch (e.g. Moroccan-Dutch, Ghanaian-Dutch, Turkish-Dutch, Surinamese-Dutch, native-Dutch, etc.) have been busy creating and pushing an anti-racist understanding of Dutch identity. In doing so, I focus on the way these youths have been developing alternative ways of conceiving the Netherlands in urban music, video clips, sporting grounds, and stand-up comedies. Those who became nationally acclaimed urban popular artists project other presentations of self into the Dutch mainstream. I take these alternative formulations of Dutch identity to be translations of a more inclusive structure of feeling, inspired by everyday convivialities, that deserves academic attention for the ways in which it foregrounds the agency of the subalternised without downplaying the impact of institutional and everyday forms of racism.' 

  • Dialogue dinner: Keti-Koti table
    • Time: 17:00 – 19:30
    • Location: to be announced after registration
    • Dialogue leader: Mercedes Zandwijken
    • Language: English/Dutch

    Registration needed. Please RSVP here.

    About the Keti Koti table:
    A Keti Koti Table is a meeting during which we reflect on slavery’s past and its consequences for the present by performing various symbolic acts before, during and after a meal. All of this is meant to increase awareness of our own actions and our own feelings in relation to the history of slavery and its consequences

    With this invitation we would like you to participate in this special event, when the Keti Koti Table foundation will facilitate a personal dialogue with all participants on the topic of Civil Courage versus Silence. During the dialogue we will reflect together on when and why we personally have the courage to intervene when we’re witnessing a racist incident, or when and why we keep silent instead.

    More information here 


  • 'Debat in de stad': LGBTQIA+ and racism
    • Time: 21:00-22:00
    • Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger
    • Language: Dutch

    About Debat in de Stad

    Debat in de Stad (Debate in the City) is a programme from SeSi, an online and offline community within the Social Work programme at the AUAS. SeSi works with students on developing programmes and organising them for their student community. The aim is to strengthen student involvement, but also to increase social involvement and participation, thus ensuring an inclusive learning environment that does justice to the diversity of the student population. In this way, SeSi contributes to the study success of the students.

    Sign up on the website of Pakhuis de Zwijger:

Saturday, 21 March

  • National antiracism demonstration
    • Time: 14:00-17:00
    • Location: Dam Square, Amsterdam
    • Gathering point: UvA and AUAS students and staff will gather at Amsterdam Central Station near tram 26 at 13:30.

    About the demonstration

    21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day was proclaimed by the UN after the brutal murder of 69 people in Sharpeville in 1960 by the South African apartheid regime. People all over the world walk the streets on this day to raise their voices against racism and discrimination.

No registration needed

Aside from the Keti Koti table and ‘Debat in de Stad’, registration is not required for the rest of the activities.

For question or comments, you can contact Fatima Kamal at


SeSi Community Center

Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) team