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Is Europe White? Assessing the Role of Whiteness in Europe Today


Hosted by the LSE European Institute

In the form of white privilege, ‘colour-blindness’ and supremacy, how does whiteness shape individual lives and European societies alike? This event will explore the role of whiteness in Europe and for European identities.

Meet our speakers and chair

Jean Beaman (@jean23bean) is Associate Professor of Sociology, affiliated with Political Science, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, and the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, she was faculty at Purdue University and held visiting fellowships at Duke University and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Her research is ethnographic in nature and focuses on race/ethnicity, racism, international migration, and state-sponsored violence in both France and the United States. She is author of Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France (University of California Press, 2017), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her current book project is on suspect citizenship and belonging, anti-racist mobilization, and activism against police violence in France. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. She is also an Editor of H-Net Black Europe, an Associate Editor of the journal, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and Corresponding Editor for the journal Metropolitics/Metropolitiques.

Neema Begum (@NeemaBegum) is Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE). Her research is on the voting behaviour, political attitudes and representation of British Black and Asian people. Her PhD was on British ethnic minority attitudes towards European integration and their voting behaviour in the Brexit referendum.

Malcolm Ohanwe (@MalcolmOhanwe) is a German-Nigerian journalist. He has been co-producing the “Kanackische Welle” podcast on ethnic and cultural identity since 2018. Most recently, Malcolm has been working for the English-language program of Deutsche Welle as a political correspondent from Nigeria and for the US broadcaster WABE-FM in Atlanta. The main focus of his work is often social politics, discrimination, education, the music industry and digitalization.

Jennifer Jackson-Preece is Associate Professor in Nationalism at LSE's European Institute and Department of International Relations.


More about this event

The European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

The 89 Initiative (@89initiative) is a European think-do tank. Through cutting-edge research, the Initiative seeks to help solve Europe’s biggest generational challenges and nudge policy-makers and society forward.

This event is part of the LSE European Institute Series: 'Beyond Eurocentrism’. This event series aims to explore how the shape and shaping of Europe – its political-economy, its political policy making, or its political culture – needs to be rethought in a time of the exhaustion of Eurocentrism.


This event is part of the LSE European Institute Series: 'Beyond Eurocentrism’. 

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEEurocentrism

15 Mar 2021 Online