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Masterclass ‘Thinking Race and Religion’ with prof. dr. Anya Topolski

In this Masterclass prof. dr. Anya Topolski briefly introduces the central tenets of her current research project. Topolski theorizes  the ‘race-religion constellation’ which refers to the historical « practice of classifying people into races according to categories we now associate with the term religion » (Topolski, 2018, p.58). Consequently, she argues for the necessity to study the intersections between the ‘religion line’ and ‘colour line’ so as to be able to grasp contemporary racism in Europe. Following this brief introduction, a collective conversation with prof. dr. Topolski and the attendants of the masterclass takes place.

Prospective participants

Academics (PhD candidates, post-doctoral researchers, teaching staff), activists and artists working on topics related to race, racism, religion, secularism or intersectionality are warmly invited to join this Masterclass. Participants are asked to familiarize themselves with the work prof. dr. Anya Topolski by reading one of her text (to be send following registration). PhD candidates are entitled to 1 credit in their doctoral training program.


Anticipating the endurance of the pandemic this Masterclass is likely to take place online. However, if weather permits, we may choose to organize the Masterclass in person, outside on campus.  Therefore we ask all interested attendees to be sure they could come to the VUB Etterbeek campus in Brussels on the day of the event.


Attendance is free but registration is required. Please visit www.rhea.research.vub.be.


Please get in touch with Dounia Bourabain (dounia.bourabain@vub.be) or Mariska Jung (mariska.jung@vub.be).

This Masterclass is co-organized by the Race and Research Network, RHEA, EDGE, BIRMM.