Why is racism making a comeback?
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Professor of International History, The Graduate Institute, GenevaOrganised with the Department of International History
Maison de la paix, Geneva
Whereas many would regard it as an issue long dealt with and all but resolved, racism seems to be returning. Round the world, repeated and increasing episodes of racial discrimination have taken place in recent years. Above and beyond situations of armed conflicts or political repression, forms of intolerance and stigmatisation associated explicitly with identity, culture or religion have recently manifested themselves in steadying patterns and in widening circles, often unapologetically and not always merely by extremists – whether in the form of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, anti-Black, anti-Roma or other forms of discrimination.
Is there indeed a return of racism? If so, what can it be attributed to? What forms is the new-old racism taking? What does history teach us on that front? And what can be done about this state of affairs?
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is Professor of International History and Chair of the International History Department at the Graduate Institute, and he teaches as well at the Doctoral School at Sciences Po Paris. He previously led the research projects on The Persistence and Mutation of Racism and Racial and Economic Exclusion for the former International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP) whose reports are archived at the Graduate Institute.
Moderator: Graziella Moraes Silva, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Sociology
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