Amsterdam, Netherlands

Exploring (Non)Racial Amsterdam

when 19 June 2022 - 7 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1650

Within the past year, protest movements like BlackLivesMatter have made racial injustice and institutional racism focal points for broad societal discussions. But racialized othering is not limited to the present, nor is it relegated to the past, but rather an ongoing process that involves us as individuals and society at large. This course delves into these intertwined dynamics offering students the chance to explore them both theoretically and through relevant excursions to organisations and locations throughout Amsterdam, a city that is traditionally considered liberal and convivial, no matter where you come from. But is this always the case?

Course leader

Dr. Jordi Halfman
Drs. Lieve de Coninck

Target group

Students should be in good academic standing to participate in the summer school. For current university students (upper-year Bachelors and Masters) in the arts and social sciences with an interest in social geography, cultural anthropology, qualitative sociology, social history, cultural analysis, political sciences, heritage studies, urban studies, gender or migration studies, or an associated discipline. Also open for working professionals or volunteers who deal with the processes of othering and are looking to expand their knowledge on this subject as well as on qualitative research methods.

Course aim

Through practical ethnographic assignments and readings, we will actively explore these opposite approaches to human differences in the context of Amsterdam: Where, when and how do explicit racialization and everyday conviviality respectively occur? How are they done? By whom, and to what effects? How do these two approaches to human differences relate to each other? And does the latter have the ability to interrupt the first and/or vice versa?

In this three week course, we invite students to explore different locations in the city through excursions and fieldwork assignments. Alongside this experiential form of learning, we will also engage in reflexive group exercises to challenge our own assumptions. A variety of readings on the subject will inform our discussions and reflections.

Credits info

6 EC
Credits will be awarded if all assignments have been completed.

Fee info

EUR 1650: Tuition fee, includes lunch on class days, excursions and events, all course materials and a public transit card.
EUR 650: Approximate housing fee for the duration of the course. Arranging housing through our office is optional.


There are various scholarship opportunities. Please visit our website for more information.

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