Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


SPRC In conversation with Gloria Wekker

by Paul Gilroy and Gloria Wekker

Gloria Wekker

8 October 2020

Gloria Wekker, author of White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race, discusses white innocence and colour-blindness in the Netherlands; reflecting on the country’s relationship with colonialism, its lack of discourse about race, and the importance of intergenerational knowledge exchange. Gloria also looks back on her experiences in the US: the moment she learned she was black, how the prom shaped her understanding of intersectionality, and the significance of having a black female professor for the first time.

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This conversation was recorded on 1st October 2020

Speakers: Paul Gilroy, Director of the UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre // Gloria Wekker, Professor Emeritus at Utrecht University
Producer and EditorKaissa Karhu