We open the fifth BRIDGES Newsletter with two announcements of the project and other news. The first announcement is that you can now access and download the complete BRIDGES Toolkit. The BRIDGES Toolkit provides antiracist and feminist tools and strategies for addressing and dismantling structures of exclusion in Higher Education curricula and is available in the four languages of the project. Since English and Spanish are the majority languages, you will find an extended version of the Toolkit, while in German and Greek you can access the standard Toolkit. We hope that these tools can support your educational and teaching spaces. If you try them out, we’d love to hear about your experiences; you can let us know your feedback through our social networks or email at: hello [at] buildingbridges.space.
The second announcement is that we are currently preparing a pilot course on inclusion without discrimination and anti-racism for higher education spaces. Following the pilot test we will be making the full course available for download later this year.
The online summer school will run in July and is open to master’s, doctoral students and early career educators linked to universities participating in BRIDGES project- more on how to apply soon.
Across Europe and the world, teachers and activists who work from feminist and anti-racist perspectives are being threatened and attacked for the simple fact of doing their work. We must come together to resist these oppressions. Our ambition is for the outputs of the BRIDGES project to respond to this urgent need for universities, their communities and beyond to be transformed into more egalitarian and just spaces. We hope our tools can contribute to this vital work.
In this newsletter:
- Downloadable toolkit available as offline archive
- BRIDGES ONLINE Summer School: “Building solidarities. Feminist and Anti-racist Practices in Higher Education” (29th June – 23th July 2021)
- Call for support and solidarity with feminist and antiracist teachers and activists
- Exhibition: “Exposem el Racisme a la UAB”
- Participation of PAR-Giessen in Postgraduate Forum Postcolonial Narrations “Rethinking Postcolonial Europe: Moving identities, Changing subjectivities” (10-12/02/2021)
- 20 years of migrant seclusion protests
- Launch of the reviewed Za’atar’s Teachers’ Handbook
- New services and courses in Za’atar
- Manifesto for March 8th of the Union of Domestic and Care Workers Sindillar / Sindihogar
- “Volem Acollir”: Humanitarismo y Posiciones de Sujeto en la Articulación de la Solidaridad en Cataluña
Ramírez-March, Álvaro, y Marisela Montenegro. 2021. «“Volem Acollir”: Humanitarismo y Posiciones de Sujeto en la Articulación de la Solidaridad en Cataluña». Dados 64 (1).
- PODCAST: “A discussion on violence against women and girls”
Deanna Dadusc, a member of BRIDGES and Professor of Critical Criminology at the University of Brighton, participates in this podcast with Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti and Stephen Burrell to discuss about gender violence and violence against women. In it, they talk about how police are not the solution to male toxicity, but part of the problem, and appeal to the need to learn from collective struggles like Black Lives Matter and black feminist abolitionists to eliminate violence against women. You can listen to the full podcast here.
- “Silencing the Streets: From Covid Exceptions to Police Crackdowns”
Following the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everad by a police officer in London and the violent repression by police of the vigils and subsequent demonstrations, BRIDGES member Deanna Dadusc, along with Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti, Raph Schlembach and Lambros Fatsis write this article where they analyze misogyny, racism and police violence as something completely institutionalized. This, which has been denounced for decades by groups of black women, migrants and non-normatively gendered, takes on special relevance at this time when we are witnessing an increase in the criminalization of protest, thus also demonstrating that the police and prisons are not part of the solution to security needs. You can read the entire article at this link.
- Zaatar’s regular publications about the present moments
Following the current events, Za’atar NGO regularly publishes short articles on its website in which they analyze and comment on some of these most important moments. In this way, they echoe current affairs while sharing their critical vision derived from the experience of working and accompanying migrant and refugee people. Their most recent articles have dealt with the double exclusion and specific inequalities that refugees suffer due to confinement by Covid, the celebration of the international day of women’s rights, and the 10th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war. If you are interested in keeping up to date with their publications and analysis articles, we invite you to consult the news section of their website.