Director and Summer School Coordinator
Kwame Nimako is the Director of the Summer School on Black Europe .
Coordinator - East/Central Europe & Russia
Jennifer Tosch, Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours
Summer School Affiliated Faculty
Dr. Marta Araújo is a Principal Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra in Portugal, where she integrates the Research Group 'Democracy, Citizenship and Law' and lectures in the Doctoral Programmes 'Democracy in the 21st Century' and 'Human Rights in Contemporary Societies'. Marta has published internationally and is currently a member of the Editorial Board of publications on sociology, race and education in Brazil, Britain, Portugal and the United States. She has also been actively engaged in outreach activities, both with grassroots movements and with schools. Marta obtained her PhD from the University of London, Institute of Education, in 2003, with a thesis on the racialised impact of public policy, focusing on how New Labour's political initiatives in the late 1990s perpetuated racial inequality in education. Since then, she has expanded her research work to address the (re)production and challenging of Eurocentrism and racism in two complimentary lines: 1) Eurocentrism, knowledge production, history teaching, and decolonial struggles; 2) public policy, racial inequality in the education system and anti-racism. She recently published the following works: "A very ‘prudent integration’: white flight, school segregation and the depoliticization of (anti)racism", Race, Ethnicity and Education, 19, 2, 300-323, 2016; The Contours of Eurocentrism: Race, History, and Political Texts. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015 (with Silvia Maeso); Eurocentrism, Racism and Knowledge: Debates on History and Power in Europe and the Americas. Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015 (with Silvia Maeso).
Dr. George Barganier is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at San Francisco State University and Ambassador of International Affairs for the Prisoner’s of Conscience Committee. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley where he subsequently held a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Ethnic Studies. Prior to teaching at San Francisco State University, Dr. Barganier was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Social Change, a Research Fellow at the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice and Head Curriculum Developer at the Museum of the African Diaspora. Dr. Barganier’s research examines the dialectical interplay of criminality and internalized oppression, on the one hand, and radicalism and political resistance, on the other, in the formation of Black consciousness in the United States and around the globe. His most recent work, a comparative study of the political economy of street gangs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and The Hague, Holland, examines the development of Black political consciousness amongst the Crips of the Netherlands and the Comando Vermelho of Brazil and the ways in which their articulations of Blackness both internalize and resist coloniality. Dr. Barganier is also currently completing a book manuscript which analyzes the psychosocial splintering impact of colonialism on Black consciousness and charts this bifurcation through an examination of the historical relationship between the Black Panther Party and the Crips and Bloods in Los Angeles.
Dr. Jeanette Davidson, ASCW, is an Associate Professor and Director of Africana and African American Studies program at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her BA (With Honors) at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, and her MSSW and PhD in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington, USA. Prior to teaching at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Davidson taught at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Davidson’s research focuses generally on topics related to race and clinical practice, and race and education and she has published widely in these areas. Her most recent grant is from the National Science Foundation for the study of success in Engineering of students from underrepresented racial groups. Her recent text, African American Studies, is published by Edinburgh University Press (distributed by Columbia University Press, NY, in the USA). Jeanette Davidson is a member of the Executive Board of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies and is a Board member of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century and a Board member of the National Council for Black Studies. She has served as a Consultant to Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare supervisors for twelve years. Dr. Davidson serves a number of community organizations in Oklahoma, including Public Strategies and It’s My Community, organizations that work with the most economically challenged African Americans in the state of Oklahoma. She has recently been appointed to the Board of the Women’s Resource Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
Dr. Philomena Essed has a PhD from the University of Amsterdam and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Pretoria (2011). She is professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership studies, Antioch University (USA), PhD in Leadership and Change Program and affiliated researcher, Utrecht University (The Netherlands) Graduate Gender Program.
Her research and teaching transcends national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries. Well known for introducing the concepts of everyday racism and gendered racism in the Netherlands and internationally, her work has been adopted and applied in a range of countries, including the US, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the UK, Switzerland, and Australia. She has lectured in many countries - from Germany to Brazil; from South-Africa to Canada – and published numerous articles in English and in Dutch, some of which have been translated into French, German, Italian, Swedish and Portuguese. Her books include Everyday Racism; Understanding Everyday Racism; and Diversity: Gender, Color and Culture. Co-edited Volumes: Race Critical Theories; Refugees and the Transformation of Societies; and A Companion to Gender Studies (‘outstanding’ 2005 CHOICE award). A volume on Dutch Racism is in progress and another volume Clones, Fakes and Posthumans: Cultures of Replication is in press (2012). Her current research focuses on dignity as experience and practice in processes of change.
Essed has a life long commitment to social justice. In addition to her academic work in this area she has been advisor to governmental and non-governmental organizations, nationally and internationally. In the Netherlands she co-founded the Network for College Educated Black, Migrant and Refugee Women (mid 1980s) and the national institute E-quality: Experts in Gender and Ethnicity (1997/8). She has been a Member of the Dutch national Temporary Expert Commission for Women’s Emancipation (1998-2001) and a Member of the Dutch Selection Commission of Members of the Judiciary (2003-2010) Since 2004 she is Deputy Member of the Dutch Equal Treatment Commission where she serves as a panel member in hearings and investigations about structural discrimination, including race, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation and disability.
As an expert witness on race, gender and racism in Europe she addressed among others the European Parliament (Brussels, 1984); The United Nations Economic and Social Council (New York, 2001); The House of Representatives of the States-General (The Hague, the Netherlands, 2004); and the United States Helsinki Commission (Capitol Hill, Washington, 2008). In 2011 The Queen of the Netherlands honored her with a Knighthood.
Dr. David Theo Goldberg is Director of the system-wide University of California Humanities Research Institute, and and Executive Director of the MacArthur-UCI Research Hub in Digital Media and Learning. He is a Professor in Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and Criminology, Law and Society, and a Fellow of the Critical Theory Institute, at the University of California, Irvine. He has written extensively on digital media¹s impact on higher education, on race and racism, law and society, and on critical theory. His most recent books include The Racial State; The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism; and The Future of Thinking: Higher Education in the Age of Digital Media.
Dr. Ramón Grosfoguel (PhD, Sociology, Temple University, 1992) is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Fernand Braudel Center/Maison des Sciences de l‘Homme, Paris, France, 1993-94, and teaches courses in Caribbean Migration to Western Europe and the US, Social Science Methods, Black Thought, Comparative Latino Migration, and Transnational Paradigms in Ethnic Studies.
His publications includes the books Colonial Subjects: Puerto Rican Subjects in a Global Perspective (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003); The Modern/Colonial/Capitalist World-System in the Twentieth Century: Global Processes, Antisystemic Movements, and the Geopolitics of Knowledge. Co-edited with Ana Margarita Cervantes-Rodriguez (New York: Praeger, 2002); and dozens of articles. A selected representation includes: "Caribbean Migration to Western Europe and the United States" (with Anna Margarita Cervantes-Rodriguez and Brice Mielants), in Caribbean Migration to Western Europe and the United States: Essays on Incorporation, Identity and Citizenship (2002), co-edited with Eric Mileants and Margarita Cervantes-Rodriguez; "Latinos and Decolonization of the US Empire in the 21st Century." Social Science Information 47(4) (2009):605-22; "World-System Analysis and Postcolonial Studies: A Call for Dialogue from the 'Coloniality of Power‘ Approach", in Revathi Krishnaswamy and John C. Hawley, eds., The Postcolonial and the Global. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008), pp. 94-104; "The Epistemic Decolonial Turn: Beyond Political Economy Paradigms." Cultural Studies 21(2-3) (2007):211-23; "The Long-Durée: Entanglement Between Islamophobia and Racism in the Modern-Colonial Capitalist/Patriarchal World-System." Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge V(1):Fall 2006.
Dr. Dienke Hondius is an Associate Professor of Contemporary History in the History Department, Faculty of Arts at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research and teaching covers areas and issues around History of Anti-Semitism and Racism, History and Memory of the Holocaust, the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery, idea of “Race”, “Toleration”, “Citizenship”, “Equality”, “Inclusion and Exclusion”, Humanities, and Oral History. She is also affiliated to the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, as advisor for new exhibitions and educational projects. Dr. Hondius is also ad interim Chair of the Dutch Board of Directors of Humanity in Action, an International (American-Danish-Dutch-German) Summer leadership program on Human Rights, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Among her publications are: Return: Holocaust Survivors and Dutch Anti-Semitism. Praeger/Greenwood Press, Westport, CT, 2003; Gemengde huwelijken, gemengde gevoelens. Aanvaarding en ontwijking van etnisch en religieus verschil in Nederland sinds 1945. (Acceptance of Mixed Marriages) PhD thesis, University of Amsterdam. SDU Uitgevers, Den Haag 1999. 2nd edition 2001; Access to the Netherlands of Enslaved and Free Black Africans. Legal and informal practices, 16th-19th century. Journal of Slavery & Abolition, Special issue: Free Soil in the Atlantic World, forthcoming 2011. Editors: Sue Peabody, Keila Grinberg; Finding common ground in education about the Holocaust and slavery. Intercultural Education, Vol. 21, Suppl. No. S1, 2010, S61-69. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London; Blacks in Early Modern Europe: New Research from the Netherlands. In: Darlene Clark Hine, Trica Danielle Keaton, and Stephen Small (eds.), Black Europe and the African Diaspora: Blackness in Europe. University of Illinois Press, Champaign, Il 2009; Race and the Dutch: on the uneasiness surrounding racial issues in the Netherlands. In: Sharam Alghazi, Thomas Hylland Erikson and Halleh Ghorashi (eds.), Paradoxes of Cultural Recognition. Perspectives from Northern Europe. Ashgate, Aldershot 2009. Chapter 3, p. 39-57; Black Africans in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam. In: Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme, Center for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, CRRS, Toronto, Canada 2008. Special issue / Numéro spécial: Sub-Saharan Africa and Renaissance and Reformation Europe. New findings and New Perspectives. Vol. 31 (2008), no.2, p 85-103 ; Dienke Hondius and Carl Haarnack, ‘Swart’(black) in the Netherlands. Africans and Creoles in the Northern Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. In: Esther Schreuder and Elmer Kolfin (eds.), Black is Beautiful: Rubens to Dumas. Waanders, Zwolle 2008, p. 88-107; (2006). Coming to terms with murder: The rise and fall of 'resistance' and 'anti-racist' norms in Dutch society since 1945. In D. Oostdijk & M.G. Valenta (Eds.), Tales of the great American victory: World War II in politics and poetics. Amsterdam: VU University Press.
Dr. Baron Kelly is an Associate Professor and Director of the African American Theatre program at the University of Louisville. Dr. Kelly has the distinction of being a three-time Fulbright Scholar and an elected member of the National Theatre Conference. He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a diploma from London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and an MFA in Acting from California State University Long Beach. He has traveled extensively as a Cultural Specialist for the United States Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs teaching and lecturing on the theatre in Russia; Scandinavia; Africa; Europe; and Asia. He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African American Research. Currently, he serves on the boards of both the Comparative Drama Conference and Stanislavsky Institute. He is currently under contract to Focus Publishing for his forthcoming book, An Actor’s Task: Engaging the Senses. Acting assignments include Broadway (Salome and Electra); Royal National Theatre of Great Britain; Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada; Edinburgh Theatre Festival; the Oregon, Utah, Dallas Fort Worth, California Shakespeare Festivals; Actors Theatre of Louisville; The Guthrie; San Diego’s Old Globe; Shakespeare Theatre, Washington D.C.; Mark Taper Forum; South Coast Repertory; McCarter Theatre. Film and television credits include featured roles in Bird, A Day Without a Mexican, Loving, Frasier, The Innocent, and Majority Rule.
Dr. Kwame Nimako (BA/MA, Sociology; PhD Economics, University of Amsterdam) teaches International Relations at the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) in the Universiteit van Amsterdam. He worked as a Tinbergen Fellow at the Department of Agricultural and Development Economics (Tinbergen Institute, 1989-1991) and Lecturer in Race and Ethnic Relations and Development Studies at the Centre for Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES, 1986-1991) at the same university.
Dr. Nimako is also President of OBEE Consultancy, which he founded in 1992, and has consulted for several private and public institutions. He has consulted for the Amsterdam Municipal Council and the Dutch Ministry of Home Affairs (The Hague) on Urban Renewal projects and Ethnic Minorities/Immigrants Policy. In 1995 and 1996 he was a rapporteur on the evaluation of Social Renewal Projects in five cities (Amsterdam, Deventer, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, and Utrecht) in the Netherlands.
He was (1996-1997) the Principal Research Consultant for Focus Consultancy Ltd (UK) on the ACP and ODT* Migrants in Europe Project commissioned by the General-Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States (in Brussels). Specifically, the ACP Migrants in Europe project recorded a number of significant issues which affect the everyday life of African, Caribbean and Pacific diaspora in the European Union; these included problems which rotate around citizenship and mobility, ‘human rights’, and ‘racism’ and ‘xenophobia’. In his capacity as Principal Research Consultant he produced 1) Demographic Survey Report and 2) Status and Legality Survey Report on ACP and ODT Migrants in the European Union (EU), and co-authored four Guide Books for the 70 African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.
Dr. Nimako is the author or co-author of some 30 books, reports and guide books on economic development, ethnic relations, social policy, urban renewal, and migration. Among his works are: The Dutch Atlantic: Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation (with Glenn Willemsen) (London, Pluto Press, 2011); “Nkrumah, African Awakening and Neo-colonialism: How Black America awakened Nkrumah and Nkrumah awakened Black America”, In: The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research (Vol 40, No.2, Summer 2010); “Theorizing Black Europe and African Diaspora: Implications for Citizenship, Nativism and Xenophobia” (with Stephen Small) In: Black Europe and the African Diaspora: ed. D. C. Hine, T. D. Keaton & S. Small (University of Illinois Press, 2009); “African Regional Groupings and Emerging Chinese Conglomerates”, In: Big Business and Economic Development: Conglomerates and Economic Groups in Developing Countries and Transition Economies under Globalization, ed. Barbara Hogenboom and Alex E. Fernandez Jilberto (Routledge, London. 2007); “Designs and (Co)-incidents: Cultures of Scholarship and Public Policy on Immigrants/Minorities in the Netherlands” (with Philomena Essed) In: International Journal of Comparative Sociology (2006, vol. 47: 281-312); “Labour and Ghana’s Debt Burden: The Democratization of Dependency”, In: Labour Relations in Development, ed. Alex E. Fernandez Jilberto et.al (Routledge, London 2002); “Repositioning Social Policy: North-South dialogue in the context of donor-recipient Relation”, In: Bridging the Gaps: Essays on economic, social and cultural opportunities at global and local levels (NIZW International Centre, Utrecht, 2002); Beyond Multiculturalisation: Amsterdam Southeast as Strategic Location (Rotterdam: Gramo de Combinatie, 1998, in Dutch).
*Overseas Departments and Territories
Dr. Stephen Small is an Associate Professor of African American Studies and former Associate Director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He was appointed “Extraordinary Professor for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy” at the University of Amsterdam (from September 1, 2010). Born and raised in Liverpool, England, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, his MSc. at the University of Bristol, and his BA at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He was a Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute (1980-1984), Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, (1988-1992), and Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Leicester (1992-1995). He also taught at the University of Warwick (1991). He was Guest Curator at the Merseyside Maritime Museum’s Atlantic Slave Trade Gallery (now the International Slavery Museum) that opened in 1994. He has worked closely with the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy (Ninsee), since 2006. He has been actively involved in Black organizations and community education centres in Britain, since the 1970s, and continues to contribute to their activities. He was director of the University of California Education Abroad Program in Bordeaux, 2002-2004; and Director of the UC, Berkeley summer school program in Brazil, 2001-2005.
Dr. Small has undertaken research and published on issues of the Black presence and the African Diaspora in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean for more than 25 years; and on issues to do with museums, public history and collective memory for 20 years. His recent books include Black Europe and the African Diaspora (co-edited with Darlene Clark Hine and Trica Daniel Keaton, University of Illinois Press, 2009); Representations of Slavery: Race and Ideology in Southern Plantation Museums (with Jennifer L Eichstedt, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002); Race and Power: Global Racism in the 21st Century (with Gargi Bhattacharyya and John Gabriel, Routledge, 2002); Racialised Barriers: Black People in the United States and England in the 1980s (Routledge, 1994). He is currently working on two projects: the first is a book on “21st century Antebellum Slave Cabins and Heritage Tourism” in Louisiana, USA, which explores representations of slavery and slave cabins at contemporary heritage tourism locations; the second is a research project on “Public History, Museums and African Diasporic Memory in England and The Netherlands” (with Kwame Nimako).
Dr. Gloria Wekker (MA University of Amsterdam 1981; PhD UCLA, 1992) is a social and cultural anthropologist, specializing in Gender Studies, African American Studies, Caribbean Studies and Sexuality Studies in the faculty of the Arts at Universiteit Utrecht. She is a professor in Gender and Ethnicity at the Department of Gender Studies, the Faculty of the Arts at Utrecht University. Wekker locates herself as a representative of transnational, anti-racist, intersectional feminist theory.
Her research interests are in the following domains:
- 1. constructions of sexual subjectivity in the black Diaspora.
- 2. the history of the black, migrant and refugee womens’s movement in the Netherlands
- 3. gendered and ethnicized/ racialized knowledge systems in Dutch society, including the academy.
Dr. Melissa F. Weiner (Ph.D, Sociology, University of Minnesota; BA & BS in Sociology and Journalism, Boston University) participated in the 2012 Black Europe Summer School as a student and is looking forward to returning as faculty. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has also taught at Quinnipiac University and was affiliated with the NiNsee, the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy, and Ercomer, the European Research Center on Migration and Ethnic Relations at Utrecht University.
Weiner’s research and teaching focuses on racial identity formation and racializing mechanisms in the context of education in the United States, The Netherlands, and from a global perspective. Weiner is currently analyzing data collected during her fieldwork in The Netherlands and will publish findings related to depictions of slavery and multiculturalism in Dutch primary school history textbooks and norms and practices privileging whiteness in a diverse Dutch primary school classroom. Her book, Power, Protest, and the Public Schools: Jewish and African American Struggles in New York City (Rutgers, 2010) revealed how educational structures maintained racial identities and inequalities in the face of significant protests to alleviate race-based resource and curricular inequalities. “Towards a Global Critical Race Theory” (Sociology Compass, 2012) argues that international scholars must use empirical indicators to assess whether racializing phenomena occur in nations where race is denied. Her work has also appeared in Social Problems, The Sociological Quarterly, Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Change and multiple edited volumes.
Weiner has long integrated her academic work in race and education with political action. While in graduate school in Minnesota, she worked on numerous political and social justice campaigns with, among others, the Institute on Race and Poverty (Law School, University of Minnesota), Progressive Minnesota (currently MNPAC), and as a policy writer for a winning city councilman's campaign. In addition to teaching and researching these issues, Weiner founded and runs an NGO, Brighter World Books, dedicated to working with low-income African schools in South Africa to fill their libraries with the books they need. She currently works with the Worcester, MA chapter of the Student Immigrant Movement to promote legislation and educational opportunities for undocumented immigrant youth.
Dr. Donna Driver-Zwartkruis is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Business at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Previous Summer School Faculty
Dr. Trica Danielle Keaton is an Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies
at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Thomas Spijkerboer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.