Eurowhiteness: Culture, Empire and Race in the European Project w/ Hans Kundnani & Mehreen Khan

22 Sep 2023 – 18:30 - 19:30 CEST
Full Circle House, Brussels
Full Circle House
89 Ch. de Vleurgat

Join Hans Kundnani in conversation with Mehreen Khan, Economics Editor at The Times, to discuss Kundnani’s new book, Eurowhiteness

About the book

The European Union is often seen as a cosmopolitan rejection of violent nationalism. Yet the idea of Europe has a long, problematic history—in medieval times, it was synonymous with Christianity; in the modern era, it became associated with ‘whiteness’.

Eurowhiteness exposes the EU as a vehicle for imperial amnesia. Narratives of European integration emphasise the lessons of war and the Holocaust, but not the lessons of colonial history. The EU is about power as much as peace—and civic ideas of Europe are being displaced by ethnic and cultural ones.

Since the 2015 refugee crisis, whiteness has become even more central to European identity—a troubling new turn in Europe’s long civilisational project. It is time to confront the relationship between ideas of Europe and ideas of race.

About the speakers

Hans Kundnani, author of Eurowhiteness, is an associate fellow and former Europe programme director at Chatham House, and the author of Utopia or Auschwitz; The Paradox of German Power; and Eurowhiteness, all published by Hurst. Hans writes regularly for The Observer, The Guardian, The New Statesmanand Foreign Affairs, among others.

Mehreen Khan is the economics editor of The Times in London and a former Brussels correspondent for the Financial Times between 2017-2022. Mehreen writes about international economics and has covered the EU institutions.


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