Amsterdam, Netherlands

Exploring (Non)Racial Amsterdam

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

In activist movements and public controversies around racist exclusion, differences between people are explicitly racialised. Yet, these - important - appeals to social justice exist alongside forms of everyday conviviality (Gilroy 2004) in which human differences are experienced as normal or irrelevant, and remain unspectacular, for example in contexts of sports, music, food and urban markets.
In this course, we will actively explore these opposite approaches to human differences in the context of Amsterdam through practical ethnographic assignments and readings. Our central questions are: 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?

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

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 600: 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.