Is Europe White? Assessing the Role of Whiteness in Europe Today

Hosted by the LSE European Institute

Online public event


Dr Jean Beaman

Dr Jean Beaman

Dr Neema Begum

Dr Neema Begum

Professor David Theo Goldberg

Professor David Theo Goldberg


Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece

Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece

In the form of white privilege, ‘colour-blindness’ and supremacy, how does whiteness shape individual lives and European societies alike? This event will explore the role of whiteness in Europe and for European identities.

Meet our speakers and chair

Jean Beaman (@jean23bean) is Associate Professor of Sociology, affiliated with Political Science, Feminist Studies, Global Studies, and the Center for Black Studies Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, she was faculty at Purdue University and held visiting fellowships at Duke University and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Her research is ethnographic in nature and focuses on race/ethnicity, racism, international migration, and state-sponsored violence in both France and the United States. She is author of Citizen Outsider: Children of North African Immigrants in France (University of California Press, 2017), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her current book project is on suspect citizenship and belonging, anti-racist mobilization, and activism against police violence in France. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. She is also an Editor of H-Net Black Europe, an Associate Editor of the journal, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and Corresponding Editor for the journal Metropolitics/Metropolitiques.

Neema Begum (@NeemaBegum) is Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE). Her research is on the voting behaviour, political attitudes and representation of British Black and Asian people. Her PhD was on British ethnic minority attitudes towards European integration and their voting behaviour in the Brexit referendum.

David Theo Goldberg (@theodavid) is Director of the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute. He is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, Anthropology, and Criminology, Law, and Society at UC Irvine. His work ranges over issues of social, political, and critical theory, race and racism, the future of the university, and digital technology. His numerous books include Are We All Postracial Yet? (Polity, 2015), and Dread: Facing Futureless Futures (Polity, July 2021). Earlier in his career, he produced independent films and music videos (some of which aired on MTV), and co-directed the award-winning short film on South Africa, The Island.

Jennifer Jackson-Preece is Associate Professor in Nationalism at LSE's European Institute and Department of International Relations.

More about this event

The European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

This event is part of the LSE European Institute Series: 'Beyond Eurocentrism’. This event series aims to explore how the shape and shaping of Europe – its political-economy, its political policy making, or its political culture – needs to be rethought in a time of the exhaustion of Eurocentrism.

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