OZR backup mandate: Representing (Anti-)racism: The Political Implications of Discourse

Project Details


Racism is a politically contested issue. The Black Lives Matter movement and current debates around ‘identity politics’ across Europe demonstrate this fiercely. However, the political contestation of racism is still rather unexplored in the social sciences. This research project strives to disclose the political implications of discourses around racism and anti-racism in Europe. It examines the contestation of (anti-)racism in public and political discourses, as well as the effects this has on policy practices. The project is innovative in two regards. First, it brings together two fields of research that are
yet too little related: the growing literature on critical race theory and the literature on the politics of migration, citizenship and equality in Europe. Second, the project will build on an innovative post- structuralist methodology that views discourse as practice and focuses on how social issues are represented in discourse. The project will map and compare dominant discursive practices around (anti-)racism in three case-studies: the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. It uses the ‘What’s the Problem Represented to be’ approach to study the representations of (anti-)racism in both the written press and parliamentary debates. In this way, the project fills in the gap in the literature by showing how (anti-)racism is contested in discourse across three countries and revealing how this contestation shapes policy practices.
Effective start/end date1/10/2130/09/22


  • racisme
  • discourse
  • political contestation

Flemish discipline codes

  • Citizenship, immigration and political inequality not elsewhere classified