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Envisioning New Institutions

4 september - 14:30 tot 17:00

Zicht op de Pieterskerk in Leiden vanaf de Burcht

Envisioning New Institutions is a side event of Leiden Shorts, which explores current emergencies in relation to multicultural identities in the Netherlands.

Envisioning New Institutions

Since the BLM demonstrations in 2020  diversity and inclusion have been a hot topic in many institutional circles. Conversations and debates about “D&I” are being held in board rooms, parliament, media outlets and universities.

What do these concepts actually mean? And who is it for? What if this isn’t actually what black and brown people are fighting for? What if there is a more radical end goal? Namely, freedom..

Discussing institutional racism often results in talks about a seat at the table. However, time has shown us that it’s not about seats or tables, but about who owns the room. During this panel, Afrispectives takes it a step further by exploring and envisioning new institutions in the Netherlands. Black imagination means recognizing and looking beyond the shaped reality we live in, by envisioning a present and future that centers our healing, joy, love and dreams. It is as the late John Henry Clarke stated:

“Every single thing that touches your life, religious, socially and politically, must be an instrument of your liberation or you must throw it into the ashcan of history.”


Afrispectives is a Dutch-based organisation for and by people of African and Afro-Caribbean descent. We create interactive spaces where (young) people from all over the world can meet, find and support each other. By exchanging stories, creativity, knowledge and businesses, people are inspiring each other and laying the groundwork for future generations. Our work focuses on three inherently intertwined pillars: Arts & Culture, Education, and Entrepreneurship. By facilitating meaningful connections and collaborations, we aim to celebrate, highlight and amplify the many talents that contribute to our collective growth.


  • Seada Nourhussen: hoofdredacteur van One World
  • Malique Mohamud: Malique Mohamud (1984) is vernieuwer in de Rotterdamse cultuursector. Daarnaast is hij ook schrijver, programmamaker, presentator, hiphopdocent en artistiek leider van het platform Concrete Blossom. Malique strijdt ervoor ‘om verhalen en perspectieven aan het licht te brengen die doorgaans uit het oog van de mainstream blijven.


  • Michael Ghebreab and Beylula Yosef: founders Afrispectives

Photo by Ruben Hanssen on Unsplash


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