26/05/2021 – Countering the Virus: Discrimination and protestation in multicultural Europe

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Date(s) - 26/05/21
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Abstract: As the Coronavirus spreads, stigmatisation, prejudice and discrimination make their mark in many parts of the world. Reports on physical or verbal assault on people of Chinese/East and Southeast Asian appearance are abundant, also in many ‘multicultural societies’ in Europe. In this talk, I present the first insights from our pilot research ‘[COVID] COuntering the VIrus: Discrimination and protestation in multicultural Europe’ funded by Utrecht University’s Migration and Societal Change Focus Area.  Drawing on news and social media content analyses as well as qualitative interviews, we document the daily online and offline experiences of people of Chinese/Asian appearance connected to Corona-racism.


Özge Bilgili is an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Science at the European Research Centre on Migration and Ethnic Relations. Her research focuses on the intersections of migrants and refugees’ integration, transnationalism and policy analysis. Özge completed her PhD at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance and United Nations University – MERIT and recently completed Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship at OECD. She is also the chair of Dutch Association of Migration Research.

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