Critical Race Theory Europe
Critical Race Theory Europe is a collective of academics, thinkers, writers, and activists dedicated to reflect race in a critical way in the European context. As a genuinely transnational collective, Critical Race Theory Europe deploys race as it's focal point for social analyses of various forms of oppressions and discrimination. Contrary to various research fields, CRT Europe thinks that as a social construction race is a central category to be acknowledged in scholarly and activist works. From it's very inceptive moments, CRT works with an intersectional (Crenshaw) approach on race, i.e. race is always entangled with other categories such as gender, class, sexuality, religion, disability, etc.
The long term aim is to install a European network of academic and activists committed to critical race scholarship. Theoretically and methodologically CRT Europe focuses on international, transnational and national questions about race, racial justice and politics. Contrary to other researches fields CRT Europe has the innovative power to think race and law together. CRT Europe is also working together with other Institutions and Programs such as the Critical Race Studies Program at the UCLA, School of Law.
- In an non-exhaustive way, following questions are central for a CRT approach in Europe:
- What is race, what does race mean in various european contexts?
- How and why should critical race theory be used in different European (legal) contexts?
- How can CRT be used to de-silence oppressed voices and to introduce critical race perspectives?
- What are the potentials of a transnational understanding and practice of CRT?
- How should CRT challenge white heteronormative male privileges with respect to academic knowledge production, academic structures, and the perception of race in prevailing law?
- What remains from the critique of Intersectionality in Europe?
As started with the CRT Europe Symposium 2012, CRT Europe will also host academic events in order to bring leading senior and younger scholars to discuss and examine the cutting edge of race scholarship. Future events will take place in various european locations.
This website will do it's best to provide a sustainable structure for scholarship on Critical Race Theory.
One of the long term aims of this website is to serve as a primary platform for education in race matters. As an illustration: we currently work on an online archive for court decisions that deal with the issue of race. Court decisions from various European countries will be archived and linked here. Not least scholars and activists will have the opportunity to write longer and shorter essays on current race issues
Furthermore, a selected list of canonical works will be published soon. Also the works of younger scholars who are dedicated to extend reflections on race issues will be presented here.
There is also the possibility to be regularly updated by the CRT Europe Newsletter.
Please send us a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome everyone who is dedicated to the issue of race in Europe to be part of the CRT Europe.