Empirical evidence of structural racism in Switzerland: An overview

Here’s a very brief overview of the empirical evidence of structural racism we capture in Switzerland.

As part of a broader study, we carried out a scoping review of empirical evidence for structural racism in Switzerland. We could identify 304 studies on this country alone, and jointly they draw a picture in line with structural racism.

Full reports in German, French, Italian (SFM Studies #81): http://www.unine.ch/sfm/home/publications/etudes-du-sfm.html

10-page Summaries in German, French, Italian: https://www.edi.admin.ch/edi/de/home/fachstellen/frb/publikationen/KurzfassungStudieStrukturellerRassismus.html

Working paper in English: https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/vnz6h/

Framework by Osta & Vasquez: https://www.nationalequityproject.org/frameworks/implicit-bias-structural-racialization

Université de Neuchâtel propose un nouveau pilier en science politique

A partir de la rentrée d’automne 2023, les nouvelles étudiantes et nouveaux étudiants inscrit-e-s pour le Bachelor en lettres et sciences humaines pourront choisir un nouveau pilier dans le cadre de leur cursus : la science politique. Ce pilier s’organise en cinq modules, de l’introduction en science politique aux méthodes quantitatives et qualitatives des sciences sociales, en passant par un séminaire de sociologie politique.

Information: https://www.unine.ch/unine/home/pour-les-medias/communiques-de-presse/lunine-propose-un-nouveau-pilier.html

Structural racism in Switzerland

Structural racism is a reality. We were asked by the Service for Combating Racism to gather existing evidence for structural racism. Today, the results are announced (press release in German, French, Italian). There are accessible 10-page summaries available in German, French, and Italian, and more detailed 50-page reports in German, French, and Italian over at the website of the SFM. For those interested in more technical details, or a brief overview in English, there’s an online appendix.

To synthesize the literature, we chose a scoping review, in which we screened around 1,500 studies to identify 304 studies that treat structural racism in Switzerland broadly defined. Only studies with empirical evidence were used, and only those who covered the situation in Switzerland. In addition, we used interviews to better make sense of the results, and to provide a contemporary understanding of structural racism. Our contribution was the synthesis, not the knowledge that was already out there — albeit scattered in different places.

Drawing on a conceptual frame by Osta and Vasquez (2021), we approached structural racism with three components (history, policies, practices; inequitable outcomes, disparities; associations, stereotypes, assumptions) and connections between these components. All methods identify racial inequalities, racialized practices, or racist stereotypes across spheres and groups. Many studies draw on migration and nationality for classification, and most studies provide partial evidence, but when considered jointly, the existing literature provides a clear picture consistent with structural racism.

100 PhDs for Africa programme: 2nd call for proposals

Excellence in Africa – 100 PhDs for Africa programme: The second call for proposals is open

The EXAF Centre is launching the second call for proposals of the “100 PhDs for Africa Programme”, as part of the Excellence in Africa initiative, jointly launched by UM6P (the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco) and by EPFL (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne).

The 100 PhDs for Africa programme will give to science and engineering graduates the opportunity to pursue a PhD at an African higher education institution. The PhD students benefiting from this programme will be jointly supervised by a professor of an African institution and by an EPFL professor. They will conduct their doctoral studies and their thesis research at their institution in Africa, and they will spend short periods of time at EPFL and at UM6P (summer and spring schools, workshops, conferences).

The first call for proposals is now open, with a deadline for applications set for 18 April 2023 (17:00 UTC+2). Talented master graduates who have the endorsement of a professor at an African higher education institution for PhD supervision are very welcome to apply.

We kindly invite you to disseminate this information on your website and, if possible, amongst your network of contacts. You will find here the application guidelines. Please feel free to contact us with any further questions (exaf@epfl.ch).

more information about the programme : link