Race and Racialisation: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

October 28, 2016 - October 29, 2016
Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Geneva

Room B111
Uni Bastions

This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities


  • Geneva School of Social Sciences, University of Geneva

All speakers:

Linda Alcoff
CUNY, Hunter College
Nicolas Bancel
University of Lausanne
Magali Bessone
University of Rennes 1
Elsa Dorlin
Université Paris 8
Claude-Olivier Doron
Université de Paris 7 Diderot
Joshua Glasgow
Sonoma State University
Evelynn Hammonds
Harvard University
Frederick Harris
Columbia University
Victoria Hattam
New School for Social Research
Nadia Yala Kisukidi
University of Geneva
Annabelle Lever
University of Geneva
David Lyons
Boston University
Noémi Michel
University of Geneva
Pamela Ohene-Nyako
University of Geneva
Patricia Purtschert
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
Daniel Sabbagh
Sciences Po CERI
Tommie Shelby
Harvard University
Patrick Simon
Institut national d’études démographiques
Justin Smith
Université de Paris 7 Diderot
Marcel Weber
University of Geneva


Annabelle Lever
Université de Genève

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This conference brings together some of the leading scholars of race and racialisation from the United States and France. The aim of the conference is two-fold. First, it seeks to present a wide-variety of academic studies on race, conceived as a socio-political rather than a biological category, to Swiss students, faculty and the general public, who may not have had the chance to encounter them before. Secondly, it introduces Swiss controversies about race, and Swiss research on race, to international scholars in order to broaden the range of theoretical perspectives and examples available for academic research. With panels on race and philosophy, politics and medicine, the conference introduces contemporary debates about race in different academic fields; with panels on the history and future of race, contemporary debates about discrimination, colonialism and multiculturalism can be explored from different perspectives. In this way, the conference seeks to promote a better understanding of race amongst academics and the interested lay public, and to contribute to democratic thought and politics in Switzerland.

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October 21, 2016, 4:00pm CET

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