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Clarifications on the termination of the 2015 GRaSe Survey and the closing of the Working Group

By on March 25, 2015

After thoughtful reflection, we are announcing the end of the EUI Gender, Race and Sexuality (GRaSe) Working Group that we have started four years ago. We find indeed that the atmosphere at the institute is not appropriate to continue with our activity. What started out as a positive initiative, our 2015 survey on harassment and discrimination, has resulted in public humiliation. We believe this episode reveals the general attitude towards our working group from the side of the EUI administration. It is not the first time we feel to perform the role of “gender token” of the EUI – a role we are no longer willing to play.

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‘Beurettes’, genealogy of a contemporary insult. Gender and race matters in France.

By on March 15, 2015

As a high school teacher in France, near Paris, I have the opportunity to witness the insults my pupils are exchanging, and to talk with them about those. This article deals with the use of one of these insults, which is the term ‘beurette’, and aims to interpret its meaning, the figures and imaginary constructions […]

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Je ne suis pas Charlie : Charlie Hebdo Attacks, Media coverage and Postcolonial France

By on January 12, 2015

#JeNeSuisPasCharlie Wednesday morning 2 gunmen with automatic weapons entered the headquarters of satirist weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 9 employees and collaborators, injuring others and then shooting deadly 2 policemen before fleeing. They were finally being killed by police forces on Friday afternoon. Since then, the national and international press have been dealing extensively […]

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Zwarte Piet Once Again

By on December 12, 2014

This time of the year, as every year, when Christmas is approaching and days get shorter, people start to talk about gifts and candies and…. the world discovers that the Netherlands (or shall I say ‘also’ the Netherlands?) is racist. As you may all know, this is due to the fact that the traditional Dutch […]

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