«Race is a textual thing. […] Race after all the violence remains a social construct; it changes with the context, it is relational, not essential, and never be finely fixed, but subject to the constant process of redefinition and appropriation […]. It is a signifier, an empty sign, it is not fixed in a nature, it can not be secured in its meaning, floats in a sea of relational differences».

Stuart Hall, Race, the Floating Signifier, MEF, 1996

«Look at my arms! I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns, and no man
could head me-and ain’t a woman? I would work as much and eat as much as a man when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t a woman? I have born thirteen children, and seen most of ’em sold into slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me – and ain’t a woman?»
Sojourner Truth (Swartekill, 1797 circa – Battle Creek, 26 novembre 1883)


In order to contact InteRGRace members, please write to InteRGRaceItaly@gmail.com

Please enjoy here the full video of our first sysmposium (2014)


Il Gruppo di ricerca interdisciplinare su razza e razzismi / Interdisciplinary Research Group on Race and Racisms (InteRGRace) nasce e si costituisce come un’entità duplice: gruppo di ricerca accademico e associazione culturale. In entrambe i casi inteRGRace intende il razzismo un fenomeno fondato sulla naturalizzazione della differenza legata al corpo (genere, sessualità, razza, abilità/disabilità), o all’appartenenza culturale, religiosa e/o di classe. La razza quindi non è un dato oggettivo né ‘sensibile’ – il colore e la forma delle gonadi (il sesso) lo possono essere, pur non avendo in sé alcun significato intrinseco – ma una posizione (sociale, culturale, politica) assegnata al soggetto e non è mai isolata dal genere né dalla classe né dagli altri marcatori sociali.

Come Gruppo di ricerca accademico, InterRGRace è impegnato nella produzione, diffusione e scambio dei risultati della ricerca su razza e razzismi a livello nazionale ed internazionale, e come tale ha sede presso il Dipartimento di Filosofia, Sociologia, Pegagogia e Psicologia Applicata (FISPPA), dell’Università di Padova. Come Associazione, InteRGRace ha sede a Bologna ed è impegnata nella traduzione della ricerca di base, degli studi di settore e delle buone pratiche per un pubblico non accademico (cittadinanza, studenti e studentesse delle scuole dell’obbligo, formatori/formatrici, educatori/trici, corpo docente, amministratori /amministratrici). Il lavoro di traduzione e comunicazione della ricerca ai non specialisti verrà condotta tramite iniziative antidiscriminatorie da tenersi su base locale e nazionale.


InteRGRace (Interdisciplinary Research Group on Race and Racisms) has been conceived and established both as an academic research group and an independent cultural association to advance and foster knowledge on race-privileges, racisms and good practices against all intersecting discriminations and oppressions both in Italy and abroad. In both cases inteRGRace reads racism ad a phenomenon structured by both a reading of bodily differences (gender, sexuality, race, ability/disability) as inferior/superior, and a naturalisation of embodied caracters (related to class, culture, religion, etc.). Race is thus never an objective fact, but always a social construct, a partial and normative interpretation of human groups/individual features. Race is always a position assigned relationally and never isolated from intersecting axes of gender, class and other social markers.

InteRGRace – Academic research group (hosted at the Dept. of FISSPA, University of Padua, Italy) intends to produce, exchange and promote at a domestic and international level the scholarly findings achieved through an interdisciplinary, intersectional, and transnational approach to race and racisms. InteRGRace – Association is based in Bologna. It will translate and communicate research results, as well as the wider state of the art on race and racisms, to the non-academic Italian community. Citizens and ‘non-citizens’, students, educators male and female; educational, political and social actors/institutions will be actively involved in programs and initiatives to be  periodically held at local and national level.