Anti-racism and the Library

The death of George Floyd has led to a worldwide mobilisation against racism. The the initiative Black Conversations and the GISA Graduate Institute Student Association board have compiled an anti-racist reading list, including some resources available in the Graduate Institute library and other libraries in Geneva. Our colleague Catherine Brendow, subject librarian for political science, explains how to access them.

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The Geneva Challenge Begins!

The Geneva Challenge is an international contest for graduate students to develop analysis-based proposals on advancing human development in a relevant topic of global concern.

Tune in to learn more about this year’s theme, submission requirements and the evaluation criteria of the proposals! For any further queries, reach out to

Hosts: Michelle Olguin Fluckiger & Samhita Bharadwaj

Guest: Gayathri Nagasubramaniam, project coordinator

Music: Clouds by Unwritten stories (CC By-SA 3.0)

Limited reopening of the Library on June 8

The Library reading room will reopen on Monday, 8 June. Access remains restricted to Graduate Institute staff and students only. Opening times are Monday-Friday, 09:00-20:00, until the end of the semester.

Social distancing measures are still applicable: the group study bubbles will remain closed, as well as the Davis lounge and the computer lab. The number of admissions in the reading room will be limited.

External users who need to return books may call through the interphone on the door of Petal 1 from 09:00 to 16:00. They will not be able to borrow new titles or access the reading room.

For more information, please check our website:

Introducing “Pop Theory” (ep. 01)

For the very first episode in this Pop Theory podcast, we will be discussing *drum roll* images, or pictures, or whatever you want to call them. We see them every day, they scroll past us on screens, they take up most of the free spaces around us but do you ever really notice them? Well, we do, and then we analyze them, and then we overanalyze and introduce jargon to make us feel better about ourselves as serious scholars. 

Joining us today as Co-hosts we have:

  • Paras Arora: Second year Master’s candidate and Hans Wilsdorf scholar at the Department of Anthropology & Sociology. Paras has wide-ranging research interests and has most recently conducted ethnographic fieldwork in New Delhi, India around questions of gender, disability and care work. In the past, he has presented his research on Delhi-based feminist, collectives and archivists’ practices of image production and circulation at the Universities of Cambridge, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Singapore, and Delhi. As the UNESCO Aladdin Youth Ambassador for Peace and Intercultural Dialogue, Paras has also worked closely on sexuality, international migration, and religion.
  • Samhita Bharadwaj: First Year Masters Student at IHEID in MIA, specializing in Environment and Sustainability, with a minor in Global Health. A background in Psychology in her Bachelors, she’s aware of the use of images and visual media on cognition and perception.

Presented by: Michelle Olguin Fluckiger

Music: Tu connais Babar by Mocke (CC By-NC-SA)

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E-book of the week: “Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America”, by Jody David Armour

“Racism and racial discrimination are blights on the glory of American democracy. They wither hopes, dreams and ambitions of millions of Americans. Left unchecked, they pose the greatest internal threat to this nation’s peace and prosperity. To remove them, we must first expose them, not allowing them to hide behind the calculators and pocket protectors of “rational discriminators” or beneath the robes of judges and senators. Then we must gain deeper insights into our unconscious, habitual responses to stereotyped groups, finding ways to break bad habits and answer the call of what Abraham Lincoln called the “higher angels of our nature.”

Publisher: New York University Press, 1997