How is the anti/not/un-racist university a radical idea?

Experiences from the Solidarity Initiative at Roskilde University




anti-racim, solidarity, university politics, race and education


In this essay, we share our experiences with a university campaign for solidarity with anti-racism struggles at Roskilde University (RUC, Denmark) and around the world. We situate the initiative in the broader context of Danish universities as racialized institutions. We recount previous initiatives of anti-racist and diversity-focused campaigns on campus and then unfold the events around the solidarity campaign of 2020 and the time thereafter. We end with an assessment of where we stand now, insisting on the need to continue to crack walls and push doors open.


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Lapiņa, L., Singla, R., Suárez-Krabbe, J., Tornius, K., & Horn, L. (2023). How is the anti/not/un-racist university a radical idea? : Experiences from the Solidarity Initiative at Roskilde University. Kvinder, Køn & Forskning, 36(2), 168–177.