At the Intersections: Being Queer and of Color - Art, Spirituality, Love & Politics
by Emilia Roig
This panel will explore how art, spirituality, love and politics intersect in the existence and experiences of Black and of Color queer people. How can we link spirituality and politics of liberation in mutually feeding ways? What role can art play in social justice and liberation movements? How can we promote love and acceptance in our communities while at the same time struggling with feelings of anger, frustration and (self-)rejection?
Black women\* and women\* of Color are experiencing sexism and racism in the workplace due to their gender and their race, ethnicity, religion, name and/or skin color. We routinely experience micro-aggressions, exploitation, harassment, verbal and psychological violence without knowing that many others face similar situations. We often are not equipped to deal with the psychological and emotional burden that they cause and scientific research has shown that women of color and Black women are statistically more prone to depression and mental illness than white women and Black men/men of color.
Ongoing Struggles. Anti-Discrimination Work during the Rise of the Far Right.
by Dr. Emilia Roig
The conference Ongoing Struggles: Anti-Discrimination Work during the Rise of the Far Right will examine developments both in Germany and in other countries and discuss possible counterstrategies: What are the most vital measures to counter structural discrimination and inequality today? What are the particular challenges faced by those active in civil society and politics? And what are the parallels between the German context and others, such as that of the Trump presidency in the USA?
Justitias Dresscode. Judges wearing the Hijab: Neutrality or Intersectionality?
by Dr. Emilia Roig
The state represents itself through its civil servants and the way they dress. However, the state also has an obligation to respect its public officials' civil rights. This also includes the judiciary, which has been faced with a dilemma: can Muslim female judges wear the headscarf while on judicial duty? While opponents argue that the neutrality of the state should be protected, proponents advance the arguments of freedom of religion and equal rights. We ask: what could an intersectional neutrality look like?
CIJ is honored to have been invited to participate in the conference “Afro-feminists and Muslim Feminists: Mirroring Struggles?” held in Brussels on 20 - 21 April 2018. This event was organized by the feminist collective Kahina and their partner collective Bamko as well as the Feminist Circle of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Intersectionality in Europe: a depoliticized concept?
by Dr. Emilia Roig
CIJ's Executive Director Dr. Emilia Roig questions in this article written for the Völkerrechtsblog whether intersectionality has lost its political meaning and transformative power in Europe. She claims that "the gradual erasure of race from intersectionality by European feminist scholars has had far-reaching consequences for the fight for racial justice in Europe. It has classified “intersectionality” as a sub-discipline of gender studies and feminism, leaving out the political claims of racialized women."
CIJ's Associated Expert and Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Cengiz Barskanmaz elaborates in this article written for the Völkerrechtsblog how the framing of race in the German context is intrinsically linked to the legal responses to race-based discrimination and inequality. He argues that we need to reframe the way we think and analyse race and law in Europe in order to promote effective legal protection against racial discrimination and other related forms of discrimination.
The Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ) is looking for an Assistant Director to work closely with the Executive Director towards expanding our activities, realizing our objectives, allocating resources appropriately and ensuring the financial stability of the organization. If you are passionate about and committed to social justice and approach issues through an intersectional lens, have a sharp analytical mind, are highly motivated and have a strong sense of initiative and ownership in your work, you may be a good match!
Critical Race Theory: Une introduction aux grands textes fondateurs.
by Najwa Magot
CIJ's Associated Experts Prof. Hourya Bentouhami and Prof. Mathias Möschel launched the first book on Critical Race Theory in French. Executive Director Dr. Emilia Roig contributed to the book with a text on colorblindness and affirmative action in the French context.
The Racialization of Sexual Violence in Germany: Intersectional Politics in a Post-feminist Era
by Stefanie Boulila (Associated Expert)
CIJ's Associated Expert Stefanie C. Boulila co-authored with Christiane Carri an article on the racialization of sexual violence in Germany. They explain why it is detrimental to feminist agendas at large. They contend that "Cologne illustrated the difficulty of addressing systemic injustices in a climate that is both committed to the post-feminist contention that sexism is a reminiscence of a past and that anti-racism is a distraction from ‘the real dangers’ that immigration brings about."