28 February - Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, Irene Molina, and Karina Raña. ”From Welfare to Warfare: Exploring the Militarization of the Suburb.” Discussant: René Leon-Rosales, MKC.
20 March - Dominic Teodorescu. Cultural Geographics, Uppsala University och Irene Molina, Director of Research at CEMFOR. ”The extremely excluded? Roma EU migrants’ precarious living conditions in Uppsala.” Discussant: Simon Wallengren.
3 April - "Violence in the Myth of the Revolutionary Heroine: Analysis of Narratives of Russian Female Terrorist at the beginning of the 20th century". Nadezna Petrusenko, Örebro University. Discussant: Professor Elena Namli.
Abstract: The purpose of the presentation is to investigate the question about the way participation in political violence was represented and explained in revolutionary biographies of Russian female terrorists from the beginning of the 20th century. At that time, Russian authorities were challenged seriously by systematic political terrorism of revolutionary socialist groups and anarchists. Women played a prominent role in these violent activities, both as assassins and chemists responsible for producing bombs for assassinations. I will focus on narratives constructed by comrades and sympathizers of these women within the discourse of heroism and martyrdom, which was used in Russian revolutionary underground to tell stories of revolutionary terrorists as stories of idealistic young people willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of people. In this way, revolutionaries would get sympathy from the wider public and would become the role models for the other revolutionary fighters. Portrayals of female terrorists as revolutionary heroines were more complicated in comparison to the similar portrayals of the other revolutionary women due to their direct or indirect participation in political violence. Authors of revolutionary biographies represented terrorist women as “good” women in accordance with the dominant ideal of femininity that existed in Russian society at that time in order to challenge the claims of conservative authors that terrorist women were unnatural and unfeminine. Participation in political violence was, however, the opposite of what was expected of a “good” woman. Narrative structures of revolutionary biographies of Russian female terrorists at the beginning of the 20th century in general have received remarkably little scholarly attention. Narratives of political violence in these accounts haven’t been studied at all. Analysis of representations of women’s violence in biographical accounts of Russian female terrorists written by their comrades and sympathizers shows a clear tendency of feminization of violence performed by women and the authors’ reluctance to represent them as agents of political violence. Thus, the myth of the ideal revolutionary heroine constructed in the revolutionary underground couldn’t include the heroine’s violent activism: in order to be remembered and sympathized with she had to be a “good” woman and not a political assassin. Her martyrdom and femininity were in the focus of biographical accounts and not her political violence for the revolutionary cause.
25 April - Garbi Schmidt, Roskilde University. ”The generations before us? On the ahistorical articulation of national identity in the Danish context.”
Abstract: Public and political debates of the present often argue ethnic homogeneity to be a part of Denmark’s past. However, as this talk will show in detail, ethnic diversity has actually played a role throughout Denmark’s history, although the country was never the destination of mass migration until the second half of the 20th century. This chapter will discuss debates over, legislation towards and not least underline the presence of immigrants and ethnic minorities in Denmark before World War I. Importantly, historical data reveals that while some immigrant groups (and individual immigrants) almost unnoticed settled in Denmark, others were subject to sincere scrutiny and moral panic. Such incidents may form the basis for understanding more current debates over migration.
At the same time as my presentation will give insights in Denmark’s diverse religious and ethnic past, I will also dwell on the question of national forgetting. Why is the idea of national ethnic homogeneity so strong? How may we as researchers challenge such perceptions? Finally: How does the perception of ethnic homogeneity relate to processes of racialization? This final part of my talk will build on ethnographic fieldwork in two neighborhoods in the capital city of Copenhagen.
2 May - Shalini Grover, Associate Professor, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi/Honorary Fellow, Social Anthropology and Gender Studies, University of Edinburgh (UK). ”Transnational race dynamics and migration in India.”
23 May - Postponed. Jayna Brown, Professor of Humanities and Media Studies, Pratt Institute, NY. ”Black Utopias: Speculative Life and the Music of Other Worlds." Duke University Press, which traces black radical utopian practice and performance, from the psychic travels of Sojourner Truth to the cosmic transmissions of Alice Coltrane and Sun Ra.” Discussant: Ylva Habel.
23 May - "Read All About It": Socially Unjust Newspaper Discourses and At-Risk Students in Sweden." Lory Janelle Dance. Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).
Abstract: The children of immigrants in Western Nations face educational inequities including placement in lower tracks, residence in segregated communities, and enrollment in inferior schools (Alba et al. 2011). This paper illuminates another inequity: Dehumanizing media representations. Using the theoretical frames and methodological approaches of Critical Discourse Analysis, this paper reports findings from over 1300 articles about a low-income urban area in Sweden, published from 2005 to 2011 in The Gothenburg Post. The authors demonstrate how the children of low status immigrants are demeaned via discourses of “difference, deviance, and threat” (van Dijk 2002) and Social Death (Cacho 2012). The authors conclude that dehumanizing newspaper discourses are among the main obstructions thwarting high educational achievements for the children of low status immigrants in Western Nations.
Lory Janelle Dance, an Associate Professor of Sociology & Ethnic Studies at UNL, since 2009, has also been a Visiting Senior Researcher at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University (Sweden). Recent article: Performativity Pressures at Urban Schools in Sweden & New York (Ethnography & Education 2014). Book-in-progress: Gone With the Neo-Liberal Wind: Minority Teens, School Reform, & Urban Change in Sweden & the U.S. Established cross-national symposia using poetry to engage urban youths in empowering dialogues www.streetposia.org.
29 August 12.00–20.00 i Engelska parken/Carolinaparken
Utställning, föreställning och samtal: Mödrars Manifest / Manifiesto de las Madres / Mothers' Manifest
12.00 Utställningen öppnar för allmänheten.
18.00–19.30 Föreställningen Mödrars Manifest. Därefter följer ett samtal mellan Irene Molina och Patricia Lorenzoni från CEMFOR, och medverkande från föreställningen.
Mödrars Manifest är ett internationellt konstprojekt av konstgruppen Ful (Sverige), musikern och konstnären Paulina Lasa (Mexico) och det feministiska transborder-bandet Quiquiriquí Coyotas (Mexico/USA). Med premiär valsommaren 2018 är Mödrars Manifest del två av Fuls arbete om migrationspolitik, nationsgränser och dess förödande konsekvenser i form av familjesplittringar, trafficking, tvångsdeportationer och kriminalisering av människor som vill ha ett värdigt liv. Den turnerande föreställningen och utställningen är en uppföljning på kabarén Europa Europa (Ful i samarbete med The Knife) med premiär valsommaren 2014 och turné i Sverige, Europa och Nordamerika 2014-16.
Mödrars Manifest / Manifiesto de las Madres / Mothers' Manifest är en sorgeritual för 80 deltagare med nyskriven musik av Quiquiriquí Coyotas och Paulina Lasa + en turnerande utställning i det offentliga rummet i augusti 2018.
Koncept och idé: Konstgruppen Ful
Medverkande: Cristina Cruz Herrán, Cristina Juárez García, Paulina Lasa, Sandra Ruíz, Nasim Aghili m fl.
Musik: Quiquiriquí Coyotas och Paulina Lasa
Scenbild: Konstgruppen Ful, Aminullah Rezai, Khalid och Naim Mohammadi
Språk: Svenska, spanska, persiska, engelska
5 September - Marta Kolankiewicz och Leo Schclarek Mulinari: Rasism inom rättsväsendet – från mötet med polisen till domstolarna. Rasism finns i alla led inom rättsväsendet. Från polisens rasprofilering till det som händer i domstolar under rättegångar, finns det forskning som varnar för denna relativt föga kända problematik.
Marta Kolankiewicz är verksam som forskare och lärare vid Genusvetenskapliga institutionen, Lunds universitet. Disputerade i sociologi 2015 med en avhandling med titeln Anti-Muslim Violence and the Possibility of Justice. Tillsammans med Maja Sager driver hon för närvarande forskningprojektet Domstolen som arena för kamp mot och om rasism. Leandro Schclarek Mulinari är verksam som forskare och lärare vid Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet. Hans aktuella forskningsprojekt har titeln ”Rasism och konstruktionen av hotbilder: slaget om Malmö”. Moderator: Irene Molina (CEMFOR).
20 September - Rasism, ojämlikhet och arbete i Sverige – aktuella perspektiv. Lokal: Sydney Alrutz 13:026, Campus Blåsenhus, Uppsala
13.00-13.45 Presentation av CEMFOR-rapport Diskriminering av afrosvenskar inom arbetslivet, av Ylva Habel m.fl.
13.45-14.30 Kapitel ur antologin om (O)jämlikhet på arbetsplatser, red. Kristina Boréus och Anders Neergaard: Paula Mulinari, Malmö Universitet, "De bästa jag gjort är att föda barn, det andra är att strejka"; Rebecca Sellberg, Lunds universitet, "Vardagsrasism på sjukhuset"; Mia Liinason, Göteborgs universitet, ”Gatans politik och infiltration som taktik: Om att rekrytera rätt”; Paulina de los Reyes & Stefan Carlén, Stockholms universitet, “Olika villkor? Utvecklingen av ojämlika arbetsplatser 1990–2015”.
26 September - Anna Bredström: "The Swedes and their fathers": DNA-Genealogy as Biological Citizenship
Abstract: Anna Bredström will present a critical reading of the popular scientific book, The Swedes and their fathers during the past 11000 years (Svenskarna och deras fäder de senaste 110000 åren) where renowned authors Karin Bojs and Peter Sjölund use DNA-genealogy and DNA-archeology to tell the history of the Swedish population. The analysis focuses on how genetic knowledge is linked to ideas about nationhood, race and ethnicity in the book. Bredström contextualizes her interpretation in the theoretical debate on biological citizenship and the question of to what extent we may understand DNA-genealogy as a reification of race as biological or not.
Anna Bredström is a senior lecturer at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO) at Linköping University. Her research focuses on bodies, health and medicine, and she is currently working with the VR-funded research project Swedish Genes? Ancestry and Ethnicity in Human Genetics Research where she, together with Shai Mulinari (LU), examines the politics and ethics of translating Human Genetics Research to popular science and clinical medicine.
11 October - Linda E Thomas: Racism and/in Religious Studies
Linda E Thomas, Professor at University of Chicago, will lead a workshop on Racism in/and Religious Studies. Date: 11 Oct, 10-12 am. Venue: 22-1017.
17 October - Claes Tängh Wrangel: The use of hope – Security and the limits of political imagination.
This seminar probes into the relationship between hope and security as it is expressed in contemporary discourses and practices of global security. Empirically, focus is on the Obama administration’s instrumentalisation of hope as a ’weapon of war’. Provoked by this empirical incursion are questions of larger ethical and political weight: what happens to the radical contingency that often is associated with hope, when hope is rendered into a technology of security? What remains of the capacity to envision another world and another future, when this capacity is used to secure this world, when hope becomes a necessity, a use of force?
Claes Tängh Wrangel lectures in International relations at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, where he holds a PhD in Peace and Development Research. His thesis, The Use of Hope: Biopolitics of Security During the Obama Presidency (2018), analyses key strategic narratives designed to infuse hope within so called risk populations of radicalisation, in particular the global poor and the global Muslim population. He has published his work in journals such as Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
WHY CRITICAL MUSLIM STUDIES?
November 14, 2018
Salman Sayyid: Why Critical Muslim Studies?
Salman Sayyid is based at the University of Leeds, where he holds a Chair in Social Theory and Decolonial Thought and is the Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Additionally, he is a Senior Research Associate at Al-Sharq Forum, based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Professor Sayyid’s work is recognised for its innovative and transformative impact. His studies of the political, Islam, Islamophobia and racism are highly influential, and have been translated into half a dozen languages. Further consolidating his work, he founded a new international peer-reviewed academic journal ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies. Previously, Sayyid was Professor and the inaugural Director of the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding in Australia. As the centre’s director, he made a film entitled Everything You Wanted To Know about Muslims But Were Afraid to Ask and worked with the Australia Day Council to develop a schema for an annual national award for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding. He has also held academic positions in London, Manchester and Adelaide.
Professor Sayyid is a political theorist, whose work engages with critical theory and the politics and cultures of the Global South. Some of his major publications include: A Fundamental Fear(a book, despite being banned by the Malaysian government, is now in its third edition), A Postcolonial People (co-edited), Thinking Through Islamophobia (co-edited with Abdoolkairm Vakil) and Recalling The Caliphate (a Turkish translation of this book has just recently been published). Currently, Professor Sayyid is leading a major inter-disciplinary research programme based on a dialogue between decolonial thought and political theory. He is a frequent contributor to national and international media.
Note: This is the info concerning the research seminar. For the lecture by Salman Sayyid please see under Guest lectures.
Conference - challenges for research on racism, november 23-24, 2016
Between 1pm on November 23, and 1pm on November 24, Forum for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism arranged the conference Challenges for Research on Racism at Blåsenhus, Uppsala. The conference attracted more than a hundred participants, most of them scholars studying the various expressions of racism and who are active at a variety of Swedish universities, from Umeå University in the north to Malmö University in the south. Together, they covered a plethora of disciplines as well as methodological and theoretical perspectives. The conference was also attended by representatives from public authorities such as the Living History Forum and the Equality Ombudsman as well as other organizations with an interest in the issues discussed, such as the City of Stockholm Human Rights Council, Malmö mot Diskriminering (Eng. “Malmö against discrimination”), and the Multicultural Centre.
Introduction and the lecture “Where are we? Sweden, knowledge, and racism(s).”
Professor Professor Irene Molina and Senior lecture Anna-Sara Lind welcomed the conference attendees, emphasizing that this historic conference was part of Uppsala University’s initiative to establish a Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism in 2017.
Professor Mattias Gardell subsequently gave the lecture ”Where are we? Sweden knowledge, and racism(s)”, which accounted for the development of various theoretical understandings of racism and their basic importance for understanding society today and in history.
Afterward, participants could choose between six parallel sessions, in which scholars presented ongoing, planned, or completed research projects pertaining to the theme of “Methods, theories, and research on the expressions of racism.” The sessions included Sámi researchers’ critical examination of colonial academic racism and its epistemology; research on anti-racism; whiteness in a globalized world; racism in the media; child perspectives on racism; and ethnic and religious registration as a research ethical dilemma. Abstracts for these sessions can be accessed below.
Lecture: “Militarizing race”
Wednesday’s schedule concluded with a lecture by Professor David Theo Goldberg from the University of California Humanities Research Institute, on the theme of “Militarizing race.” His lecture was based on a global survey of the increasingly militarized processes through which nation states construct themselves and police their boundaries through the racialized creation of difference between those who belong to the nation and those who do not.
The first day of the conference ended with a reception, which gave attendees the opportunity to mingle and continue their discussions about the many important contributions of the day.
Day 2 – Race, racialization, racism – a discussion about theoretical concepts
The second day of the conference commenced with a panel discussion on the theme of “Race, racialization, racism – a discussion about theoretical concepts.” The panel consisted of Ylva Habel and Katarina Mattsson from Södertörn University, Patricia Lorenzoni from Linköping University, and Anders Neergaard from Linköping University, and was chaired by Edda Manga from the Multicultural Centre. The conference continued with an additional six parallel sessions in which participants discussed current research issues such as antisemitism; racism and racialization within health and medical care; hate crime research as a transdisciplinary and international project; racism and anti-racism in the school system; the genealogy of Swedish racism; and critical studies on racism and whiteness in Sweden. Abstracts for these sessions can be found below.
Concluding panel discussion and next year’s conference
After the sessions, all attendees gathered for the concluding panel discussion: “Research on racism and future challenges”. The panel comprised Stefan Jonsson from Linköping University, Gunilla Larsson and Irene Molina from Uppsala University, and Mekonnen Tesdahuney from Karlstad University, and was chaired by Adrian Groglopo, from the University of Gothenburg. Professors Irene Molina and Mattias Gardell made some concluding remarks, briefly discussing the most central themes addressed during the conference. Once again, they emphasised the historic nature of this event. In motivating the participants, the conference was the perfect starting point for more publically seeking to establish the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism at Uppsala University. Before the attendees departed, they were welcomed to partake in next year’s conference in research on racism, which is scheduled for October 11-13, 2017, in Uppsala, and will revolve around the theme “Welfare and Racism.”
Sessions Day 1
(Swedish) Epistemological, colonial and scientific racisms analysed and countered by Sámi scholars (Gunilla Larsson, Ola Bergdahl, and May-Britt Öhman)
Whiteness in a globalized world (Katarina Mattsson)
The anti-racist movement in Sweden – yesterday, today, tomorrow. (Jan Jämte and Magnus Wennerhag)
Research on racism in the media – which academic tools are available? (Karin Backvall, Erik Hansson, and Irene Molina)
Ethnic and religious registration of populations: a research dilemma? (Guadalupe Francia)
Child perspectives on racism (Beatriz Lindqvist, Farzaneh Moinian, Farhad Jahanmihan, and René León Rosales)
Sessioner dag 2
Antisemitism – the blind spot of anti-racism? (Heléne Lööw, Lars M Andersson, Karin Kvist Geverts, and Carl Henrik Carlsson)
Racism and racialization in health and welfare research (Hannah Bradby, Sarah Hamed, Magdalena Vieira, Beth Maina Ahlberg, and Mai Lundmark)
Hate crime research as a transdisciplinary and international project: possibilities and challenges (David Brax, Görel Granström, Caroline Mellgren, Simon Wallengren, and Mika Andersson)
A presentation of the academic network for Swedish research on race and whiteness and the anthology Ras och vithet. Svenska rasrelationer igår och idag (Eng. “Race and Whiteness. Swedish Race Relations Yesterday and Today”) (Tobias Hübinette, Nina Jakku, and Andréaz Wasniowski)
Racism and anti-racism in schools (Emma Arneback and Jan Jämte)
Contemporary Swedish racism and its historical roots (Johan Eddebo, Mika Hietanen, Ann-Sofie Lönngren, Torsten Pettersson & Göran Waltå)