On 8 September BIRMM and Interface Demography organize a full-day Symposium on the contextual dynamics of discrimination and racism at VUB.
Racism and discrimination are major problems in our society. They are often considered in terms of individual perpetuators and victims. Discriminatory employers and real estate agents should, for example, be punished and victims should make formal complaints. This individual approach is reaching its limits. Racism and discrimination do not emerge in a societal vacuum. People are social beings who act within the context of a company, school, neighbourhood, municipality or broader society. Context matters! Let’s contextualize racism. Which factors on the level of an organization, neighbourhood or municipality might have an impact on discrimination? Which roles play the political discourse and the media? How are our innate tendencies to think in boxes stirred up in the society and how can we contain them?
Once we deeply understand the contextual dynamics of racism and discrimination, we might change this context too. Many other societal problems are tackled both individually and collectively. Let’s do the same with racism. This symposium aims to bring together academics, policy makers, civil society organizations around this theme.
Call for Academic Abstracts
The aim of this symposium is to contextualize racism and discrimination. We are looking for empirical, conceptually or theoretical papers that examine how indicators of racism and discrimination differ between contexts at the meso-level (such as municipalities, schools, compagnies or organizations) and/or macro-level (such as countries or political economies). In addition, also studies that investigate the role of contextual factors (such as political discourse or social media) on prejudices, anti-minority attitudes or discriminatory behaviour) are very welcome. Scholars who work with a multilevel, longitudinal and/or intersectional research design are especially encouraged to submit a paper. Moreover, we are also very interested in policy-oriented papers that examine how discrimination and racism can be tackled by changing the context. This symposium is interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from economics, psychology, political sciences, communications sciences, history, urban studies and other sciences.
Please, submit your abstract (max. 300 words) together with your short bio (max 300 words including ORCID) to Prof. Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe (Pieter-Paul.Verhaeghe@vub.be), before the 15th of May 2020. Authors will be notified whether their paper is accepted or not within two weeks. Full or draft versions (min. 4000 words) of accepted papers are expected to be submitted before the 15th of August 2020.