Invitation launch Frame 27.2: “Racism in the Netherlands”

Frame 27_2 cover los-page-001Frame, Journal of Literary Studies would like to invite everyone to attend the launch of issue 27.2, “Racism in the Netherlands.” The theme will be introduced by the editorial staff, then further expounded on by contributing author Zihni Özdil. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. The launch will take place on December 4 in Utrecht.

This November issue of Frame is, in many ways, a first. Veering slightly from our primarily literary usual focus, we have taken this edition to expand our interdisciplinary approach in tackling a conversation that seems to lie at the heart of this holiday season: what does racism look like, and in particular, what does it look like here, in the Netherlands?

Unravelling national narratives of belonging, citizenship, and myths of exceptionalism, this issue aims to contribute to an on-going discussion that questions the very fabric of language we use to theorize on racism in this country. When talking about what constitutes a collective “us”, why do we use the words we use, tell these stories about ourselves to ourselves, and who does the telling—and who the listening?

The mulling over of these questions is, at the moment, as much alive in public debates as it is on print. One of our aims in this issue of Frame was to bridge a gap between a somewhat muffled academic discourse on racism in the Netherlands and the general mainstream platform on which a large portion of the current discussion is taking place. Continuing on that path, we would like to take our collection of illuminating articles and open up the conversation to the voices and thoughts of our readers during our launch on December 4, 2014.

To guide and provide us with further food for thought, social historian, author, and commentator Zihni Özdil will present his recent contribution to Frame. This will be followed by a Q&A session, after which the discussion will be opened up to the public. The launch will come to a close at café Lokaal 9, with drinks and the opportunity for reflection.

We are looking forward to seeing you there,

– The editorial board of Frame, Journal of Literary Studies.

Date:               December 4, Thursday
Time:              16:00 – 18:00
Location:       Stijlkamer van Ravesteyn (1.06)
                         Kromme Nieuwegracht 80
                         3512 HM, Utrecht
                         The Netherlands