The symposium is looking for creative and critical minds who want to share the stage and disrupt the taken-for-granted expectations in cultural institutions.

The Symposium ‘Race, Power and Culture’ is organised by BOZAR as part of the Creative Europe project DIS-OTHERING- beyond Afropolitan & other labels, a collaborative project taking on the challenge to deconstruct othering practices in cultural institutions of Austria, Belgium and Germany. As one of the largest cultural institutions in Belgium, BOZAR aspires through this symposium to learn from the experience and perspectives of Belgian activists, academics, artists and other cultural institutions of the country. At the same time, it acknowledges the complexities and the pitfalls of racial power dynamics and diversity initiatives. ‘Race, Power and Culture’ aims therefore to be an event where dialogues among these stakeholders should bear new strategies on the necessary deconstruction of these dynamics in European cultural institutions. Therefore, the symposium is looking for creative and critical minds who want to share the stage and disrupt the taken-for-granted expectations in cultural institutions.

Contributions should address and question race, whiteness, identity, othering, dis-othering, knowledge production, the canon, modernity, coloniality; explore ways to transgress or nullify the institutional boundaries that marginalize and maintain relations of subordination; or seek to defy the commodification and cooption of race and ethnicity in the mainstream cultural sphere.


We are welcoming contributions in the form of dance, rap, spoken word, video making, or other forms of performance.

Please send your proposal(s)* to naomi.ntakiyica@bozar.be by 17/02/2019. Proposals are accepted in Dutch, French, English and should include:

  • proposed format
  • title
  • 400-word narrative/description
  • one visual or video clip if available
  • contributor(s)’ bio (200 words)
  • running time (5-20 minutes)


A commission of threeacademics, one writer, one artist and two staff members from BOZAR will select the 10 most pertinent proposals and give them a stage. Decisions will be made by March 15, 2019.

The symposium will be held on May 22, 23, and 24 at BOZAR.

BOZAR offers attendance to the symposium, the stage, and a presentation fee of 100euros per artist (BOZAR does not fund production of the work).


DIS-OTHERING - beyond Afropolitan & other labels, is a project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Project partners are BOZAR in Brussels, SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin, Kulturen in Bewegung in Vienna, Afropean in London, Ujazdowski Castle for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, and Africa Museum in Tervuren.

*you can send more than one proposal, the commission will then select one proposal per artist.

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