Professor Philomena Essed

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Philomena Essed is professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership studies, Antioch University, PhD in Leadership and Change Program and affiliated researcher, Utrecht University (The Netherlands) Graduate Gender Program. Trained in Social Anthropology, Women’s Studies and in Race Critical Studies her research and teaching transcend national, cultural and disciplinary boundaries. Best known for introducing the concepts of everyday racism and gendered racism, her work has been adopted and applied in a range of countries, including the US, Canada, South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the UK, Switzerland, and Australia. She has lectured in many countries - from Finland to Brazil; from South-Africa to Canada – and published numerous articles in English and in Dutch, some of which have been translated into French, German, Italian, Swedish and Portuguese. Her monographs include Everyday Racism (Hunter House 1990); Understanding Everyday Racism (Sage 1991); and Diversity: Gender, Color and Culture (University of Massachusetts Press 1996). Co-edited Volumes: Race Critical Theories (Blackwell 2002); Refugees and the Transformation of Societies (Berghahn 2004); and A Companion to Gender Studies (Blackwell 2005, ‘outstanding’ 2005 academic reference, American Librarian Association). Volumes in progress include Clones, Fakes and Posthumans: Cultures of Replication and Dutch Racism. Email address:


Dissidence and Nonconformity in Academia: The example of Social Justice Scholars.

The presentation features women scholars who resist racism and related systems of oppression through critical research and teaching, but also through their work outside of the university walls. They are, although academically accomplished, not the typical professional academic.

How do they experience their commitment to social justice in – often – unsupportive surroundings? What are the challenges they face as dissident scholars and what are the rewards? How do they combine the demands of scholarship with social and other public interventions, and what keeps them going?