Documentary and paneldiscussion 21th – Workshops and symposium 25th of November
The Graduate School of Social Sciences, Amsterdam United and New Urban Collective are hosting a week with a Symposium & Workshops and a Documentary + paneldiscussion on the subject of Zwarte Piet: a controversial Dutch tradition, struggling for adjustment.
In recent years, the Dutch Sinterklaas tradition has become increasingly controversial due to the figure of Zwarte Piet. For a lot of Dutch people the festivities are related to warm and sentimental childhood memories, family holidays and a sense of belonging. For a growing group of opponents to the figure of Zwarte Piet however, it brings up memories of a hurtful past of colonialism and slavery. Moreover, it mirrors the still present, yet hidden and institutionalised racism and inequality.
Last year we hosted the symposium: Framing Black Pete on how the media is ‘framing’ and covering the social dichotomy and commontion. With this year’s symposium we are focusing on the public dialogue of what the future of Zwarte Piet can be. We strive to analyse the public debate, the different understandings of the recent measures and multiple interpretations of the changing figure.
With the event we aim to facilitate dialogue and a deeper understanding of the surrounding uproar. Academics will share their ideas from different perspectives, explore the current context and recent developments.