Beyond White Innocence



Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, main building Aurora room | De Boelelaan 1105 | 1081 HV | Amsterdam

Kooijmans Lecture: Beyond White Innocence

Gloria Wekker

Anniek van der Schuijt (

Faculty of Law



The annual Kooijmans lecture is given by social and cultural anthropologist Gloria Wekker, emeritus professor Gender and Ethnicity at Utrecht University.

Wekker wrote the book White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race, a much-discussed work in which she explores a central paradox of Dutch culture: the passionate denial of racial discrimination and colonial violence coexisting alongside aggressive racism and xenophobia.
In her lecture, entitled Beyond White Innocence, she will elucidate upon these themes. Wekker focuses on sciences and applied science to see how the paradoxical role of race is reflected.

Ultimately, her lecture will lead to the question: How do we get beyond 'white innocence'?

You are kindly invited to attend this lecture. Please register by e-mail with Anniek van der Schuijt (