Racial and Ethnic Microaggressions: International Manifestations, Interdisciplinary Interventions
Date: 29 – 30 June 2022
Convenors: Lisa Spanierman (Tempe, USA), Andreas Zick (Bielefeld, GER)
Racial microaggressions refer to brief and commonplace verbal or nonverbal indignities that target racial and ethnic minorities. Microaggressions are subtle, unintentional, and often invisible to perpetrators. Numerous studies have documented experiences with microaggressions among racial and ethnic minority individuals. Although seemingly trivial slights and indignities, the frequent and cumulative nature of racial microaggressions can cause harm to targets, such as a range of psychological and physical symptoms. Recent research has focused on individual and collective coping, or strategic responding, to racial microaggressions. This line of research is promising in that it identified factors that mitigate the negative effects of microaggressions. This conference will be the first of its kind to bring together leading microaggressions scholars from different national contexts and disciplinary perspectives.