Lecture: The Paradox of Intersectional Discrimination in Europe



Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | Agora 1 | Main Building

Lecture: The Paradox of Intersectional Discrimination in Europe

prof. Iyiola Solanke

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On Monday 3 December professor Iyiola Solanke, Professor of EU Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds and organizer of the Black Female Professors Forum (BFPF) will deliver a lecture entitled 'The Paradox of Intersectional Discrimination in Europe'. Professor Solanke will discuss the trajectory of the concept of intersectional discrimination from the USA to Europe, and from law to sociology. She will argue that these transitions have eclipsed the idea of race thus transforming the theory of intersectionality into a concept that can be accommodated into legal and social discourse in Europe. However, the consequence of this transition is that legal protection for black women workers, the paradigm group for intersectional discrimination, remains elusive. The paradox therefore of intersectional discrimination in Europe is that while it has been embraced, it fails to protect those for whom it was created.

This lecture is supported by VICES