European Research Programme (ERP)
The ERP, headed by Liz Fekete, carries out research on racism and fascism in Europe, with a particular focus on Islamophobia, nativism, anti-Roma and anti-refugee racism. Structural violence at the border, institutional neglect of asylum seekers in detention centre, far-Right violence and the police response, have emerged in recent years as the key areas for ERP research.
This programme was established in 1992 and, till 2010, published sixty-nine issues of the European Race Bulletin, case-based documentation studies on all aspects of racism and racial justice in Europe. It has pioneered new critical understandings in key areas: xeno-racism, Islamophobia, nativism and anti-Muslim racism.
Liz Fekete lectures at a number of European universities, advises inter-state bodies, publishers, authors and students as well as the media. The ERP carries out outreach work with NGOs and community organisations to strengthen initiatives for civil rights and racial justice.
Regular research reports are published as European Briefing Papers downloadable from the website. To keep up to date with current European case-studies and research programmes, subscribe to IRR News and customise your request to ensure you receive all material on Europe.
European Briefing Papers on:
- Humanitarianism: the unacceptable face of solidarity
- Unwanted, Unnoticed: an audit of 160 asylum and immigration-related deaths in Europe;
- Sweden’s counter-extremism model and the stigmatising of anti-racism;
- Exit from White Supremacism: the accountability gap within Europe’s de-radicalisation programmes;
- From pillar to post: pan-European racism and the Roma;
- State intelligence agencies and the far Right: A review of developments in Germany, Hungary and Austria;
- The Swiss referendum on minarets: background and aftermath;
- Direct democracy, racism and the extreme Right;
- The background to the French parliamentary commission on the burqa and niqab;
- Accelerated removals: a study of the human cost of EU deportation policies, 2009-2010;
- Breivik, the conspiracy theory and the Oslo massacre.
The European Race Bulletin 1992-2010 can be accessed using the search engine on the IRR website. The proceedings of two 2010 seminars on Islamophobia and progressive values and Islamophobia and the anti-terrorist laws can also be downloaded.
Print publications to purchase include:
- Humanitarianism: the unacceptable face of solidarity (also available as downloadable pdf)
- The Deportation Machine;
- They Are Children Too (also available as downloadable pdf);
- Integration, Islamophobia and civil rights in Europe;
- A Suitable Enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe;
- Alternative Voices on Integration(also available as a pdf).
- Pedlars of Hate (also available as a pdf).