Moving Traditions: "Framing Black Pete"

Exhibition 23rd & 24th – Workshops and symposium 24th –  Film screening 25th of November

On November 23rd and 24th New Urban Collective will co-organize the symposium "Moving Traditions: Framing Black Pete:

In recent years, the Dutch Sinterklaas tradition has become increasingly controversial due to the figure of Zwarte Piet. For a lot of Dutch people the festivities are related to warm and sentimental childhood memories, family holidays and a sense of belonging. For a growing group of opponents to the figure of Zwarte Piet however, it brings up memories of a hurtful past of colonialism and slavery. Moreover, it mirrors the still present, yet hidden and institutionalised racism and inequality.

Last year we hosted the symposium: The story of Zwarte Piet on how the tradition could create such a social dichotomy and commotion. With this year's symposium we are focusing on the public 'framing' of Zwarte Piet. We strive to analyse the public debate, the different understandings of the historic origins and multiple interpretations of the figure.

With the event we aim to facilitate dialogue and a deeper understanding of the surrounding uproar. Academics and artists will share their ideas from different perspectives, explore the current 'framing' and recent developments.

Speakers include:

- Isabel Hoving (Leiden University, co-editor of book Dutch Racism)
- Mitchell Esajas (New Urban Collective, Stop Blackface campaign, University of Amsterdam)


Arzu Aslan (confirmed) 
Workshop: “‪#‎blacktwitter‬ and the power of social media in the Zwarte piet debate”

Nanke Verloo
Workshop: “Untold stories in the public debate”

Quinsy Gario
Workshop: “Social change through art”

Jerry Afriyie & Roelof Jan Minneboo as members of Nederland wordt beter
Workshop: “Zwarte Piet lespakket educatieve tools voor sociale verandering”

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Location: Universiteit Of Amsterdam, Roeterseiland (REC B)




23 nov 2015 - 20:45 tot 29 nov 2015 - 20:45
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