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Heleen Schols investigates the controversy surrounding a Dutch holiday tradition involving the figure of Zwarte Piet ('Black Pete'). Typically, this figure is enacted using black face paint and black, curly wigs. Apart from the central debate about the acceptability of the figure of Zwarte Piet, Schols explores how people's participation in the debate can be viewed as affirmations claims or propositions about who is allowed to have a say about what, what kinds of arguments are legitimate and how and where the discussion should take place.

Event details of Negotiating Dutchness and racism in the struggle over Black Pete
Date 18 September 2019
Time 12:00 -13:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

H. Schols: Keeping Things Gezellig. Negotiating Dutchness and Racism in the Struggle over ‘Black Pete’.


Prof. M.A. Hajer (UU)

Dr M.J.M. Maussen


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam