Tamara Soukotta is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University. She is also a lecturer at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and visiting researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Tamara completed her PhD at the ISS in 2023. Her dissertation, titled “The Past in the Present: Segregation and relational peacebuilding in Ambon”, is a a decolonial investigation on (religious) segregation and peacebuilding processes in Ambon in relation to the 1999-2004 wars.
Tamara obtained her MA degree in Development Studies from the same institute, specialising in Conflict, Reconstruction and Human Security.
Between 2017-2021, Tamara worked as a lecturer at Bachelor International Studies (BAIS), Leiden University.
Race and racism are structurally present in our everyday experiences of Dutch society, yet very often silenced in public discussions. Those who inhabit racialised bodies often experience being pushed to the margins where their presence is just enough to create the illusion of a diverse and inclusive society, yet not enough to make significant changes. In the context of Dutch universities, racialised academics—which we understood as academics who self-identify as being racialised based on a variety of possible markers of difference—are still largely excluded, especially when it comes to hiring for permanent positions. Yet here we are, very much present in Dutch universities regardless. Many of us—racialised academics—exist in the cracks of the university, and from these cracks we resist (epistemic) erasures and try our best to sow seeds for transformations, for possibilities of world(s) otherwise.
This space is one of these cracks for racialised academics and/or existing initiatives by-for racialised academics to find each other, to embrace each other, to create safe space with-for each other, to support each other, to make more cracks within the walls of Dutch academia. It is our hope that from these cracks one day we might be able to see a new world emerge. A world where we, racialised academics, not only can exist but thrive in Dutch universities if we so choose to be there.