In this seminar series the relevance and irrelevance of race is being discussed as an object and concept of research in order to explore ways to talk about race without naturalizing differences.
Born from a ethnography and fieldwork of 1,5 years, this presentation will be a psychoanalytic analysis of the “War on Anti-Semitism” as it took place in non-profit and state-funded citizen education “anti-Anti-Semitism workshops” in Berlin, Germany, from 2011-2012. Workshop participants were mostly white German, middle-class adults of all ages with a humanities, social work, political activist, or policing background.
The psychoanalytic understanding of fantasy is the prime angle through which I try to understand the phantasmatic construction of the figure of the Jew, but also that of the figure of Muslim and how they intertwine in contemporary post-war and post-Socialist Germany. The analysis will show how the processes to maintain and change - what researchers call - "race" takes place in these workshops.
Anna-Esther Younes is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam, as part of Sarah Bracke’s Vici project “EnGendering Europe’s Muslim Question”. As a scholar of race and racialization, Younes is primarily interested in the material as well as psycho-dynamic forces that built and maintain race in our everyday life and institutions. Each year she publishes the Islamophobia country report about Germany, which chronicles the development of anti-Muslim racism since 2015.
About the seminar series
In this seminar series the relevance and irrelevance of race is being discussed as an object and concept of research in order to explore ways to talk about race without naturalizing differences. The series goes beyond a standard definition of race, one that is allegedly relevant everywhere, and situates race in specific practices of research. In addition, the series gives room to the various different versions of race that can be found in the European context and explores when and how populations, religions, and cultures become naturalized and racialized. Scholars from different (inter)disciplinary fields (such as genetics, anthropology, philosophy, cultural studies, history, political sciences, science and technology studies) are invited to address the issue of race through a paper presentation.