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White noise: race, migration and the violent underground of democracy

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Guest author Rogier van Reekum discusses Joris Luyendijk’s recent essay on migration and ‘listening to the people’. By ostentatiously ‘listening to the people’, representatives have kept on affirming that the decision on membership rest, in the end, with ‘the people’. They have left untouched the violent racialized underground of democracy.

#Dutchelections – No, the Dutch did not stop the racist populist domino effect: it’s worse


No, the Dutch did not stop the domino effect of racist populism. It is worse.

Dutch elections syllabus – With a focus on Race, Secularism and the Nation


I have assembled a mock course syllabus that explores the deep currents of Dutch political culture with a specific focus on Race, Secularism and the Nation which coincides with my current research on the racialization of Dutch Muslims and how Muslims ‘talk back’. It does certainly not only focus on the role of radical right such as Wilders but also to how mainstream political parties cultivate and express their viewpoint of ‘Act normal or get out’.

Special journal issue JOME – ‘What is Islamophobia?’

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I’m very happy to announce that my article on the work of the Dutch anti-Islamophobia networks (as part of our project Forces that bind or divide) has been published in the Journal of Muslims in Europe: “You Need to Present a Counter-Message”| The…

No feminism without anti-racism


Earlier this month, the launch of Machteld Zee´s book, Heilige Identiteiten (Holy Identities), caused some debate among Dutch feminists. In it, she writes about academics and commentators whose reluctance to criticize Muslims contributes to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. Supporting Zee, Yolande Withuis and others opened an attack on the feminists they called “useful idiots” who are used by patriarchal Islamists to further the “creeping Islamization of our society.” In their efforts to depoliticize feminism, these commentators present the debate as a generational conflict: the 70s-inspired leftist multiculturalists versus the politically neutral, true defenders of women’s rights. What they don’t want us to see is the hardcore political ideology behind their own position.

Essay: De racialisering van moslims – Het gedachtegoed van Pim Fortuyn


In dit essay bekijk ik hoe het gedachtegoed van Fortuyn zowel een continuering als een breuk met het verleden is in de racialisering van moslims.

The ‘Taharrush’ Connection: Xenophobia, Islamophobia, and Sexual Violence in Germany and Beyond


Guest Authors: Angie Abdelmonem, Rahma Esther Bavelaar, Elisa Wynne-Hughes, and Susana Galán New Year’s Eve 2016 witnessed the collective public sexual harassment and assault of dozens of women during celebrations in Cologne, Germany, reportedly by more than one thousand men. Similar, smaller-scale incidents…

The year 2015 in five posts

ik kreeg zelfs twee bloemen. de wereld is klein ;)

The year 2015 in five Dutch and English top posts. Damn, what a lousy year.

Paris through the eyes of IS supporters


Pieter Nanninga (Middle Eastern Studies, University of Groningen) elaborates on the reception of the Paris attacks among IS sympathisers.

Special issue Culture and Religion – Aesthetics of religious authority


Together with Marleen de Witte (University of Amsterdam) and Thijl Sunier (VU University Amsterdam) I edited a special volume of the journal Culture and Religion on the aesthetics of religious leadership. The different contributions were presented earlier in 2012 in the seminar Aesthetics…


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