Aktuella gästföreläsningar

Muslimers och judars historia i Sverige

Välkomna till samtal mellan Simon Sorgenfrei (Södertörns högskola) och Carl Henric Carlsson (Uppsala universitet)

Mehek Muftee (CEMFOR/UU) och Helene Lööw (UU) leder samtalet. Samtalet följs av vin och mingel.

Datum: 13/10 18-20
Plats: Humanistiska teatern

Simon Sorgenfrei är professor i religionsvetenskap vid Södertörns högskola och föreståndare för IMS - Institutet för forskning om mångreligiositet och sekularitet. Han forskar i huvudsak om islam och sufism i historia och samtid, i Sverige och globalt. Han är aktuell med den mycket uppmärksammade boken De kommer vara annorlunda svenskar: Berättelsen om Sveriges första muslimer, utgiven på Norstedts förlag. 

Carl Henric Carlsson är historiker och expert på olika aspekter av svensk-judisk historia vid Hugo Valentin-centrum, Historiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet. Carlssion är aktuell med översiktsverket Judarnas historia i Sverige på bokförlaget Natur & Kultur. Boken nominerades både till Augustpriset, kategori facklitteratur, och till Stora fackbokspriset.

Tidigare gästföreläsningar


Hannah M. Strømmen, University of Chichester

  • Date: 18 maj 2022
  • Place: Humanistiska teatern
  • Commentator: Patricia Lorenzoni




Dr. Hannah M. Strømmen is Reader in Biblical Studies. Her research focuses on the influence and impact of the Bible in contemporary culture.

She has published on the role of biblical texts in 20th and 21st century literature, society and politics. Her monograph, Biblical Animality after Jacques Derrida (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2018), looks at how biblical ideas about humans, animals and gods contribute to contemporary debates about animals and the environment.

She is currently working on a project on the use of the Bible in the European far right, and has co-authored The Claim to Christianity: Responding to the Far Right (London: SCM, 2020), with Ulrich Schmiedel.


“The Diversity Mandate in US Biomedical Research: Precision, Inclusion, and Equity”

Note! Preliminary postponed to September. More info will come later.


This talk shares some preliminary findings from an ongoing study of precision medicine research initiatives in the US that explicitly seek to diversify populations represented in biomedical research. Investigators focused on precision medicine research (PMR) have recognized the critical need to enhance diversity – along dimensions of race and ethnicity, but also along other dimensions as well – and have implemented a wide variety of approaches to achieve this. Drawing on data from participant observation of PMR study activities, in-depth semi-structured interviews with PMR investigators, and review of funding announcements and other documents related to PMR, this presentation traces how goals of diversity and inclusion are implemented in the context of large cohort and intervention studies. We examine how these initiatives define “diversity,” engage in research practices to recruit, enroll, and engage diverse communities, and manage data collection and analysis processes to speak to scientific questions around diversity.


Janet K. Shim, PhD, MPP, is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She received a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University and her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco. Her current program of research focuses on two main areas: the sociological analysis of the science of health disparities and the study of the interactional dynamics of healthcare encounters and their consequences. Her work has been supported by grants from the US National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
She is a co-editor of Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health, and Illness in the U.S. (Duke University Press, 2010) and the author of Heart-Sick: The Politics of Risk, Inequality, and Heart Disease (New York University Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her articles have appeared in journals such as American Sociological ReviewJournal of Health and Social BehaviorMedical Anthropology QuarterlyScience, Technology & Human ValuesSocial Science and MedicineSocial Studies of Science, and Sociology of Health and Illness.

Guest Lectures Spring 2019


Date: 12 November, 2019
Time: 15:15 - 17:00
Venue: Campus Gamla torget, room Brusewitz, Uppsala University


This talk is concerned with dispossession and displacement in the contemporary American metropolis.  Eschewing familiar vocabularies of eviction and gentrification, I emphasize processes of state-instituted violence against targeted bodies and communities. Conceptualizing such dispossession as racial banishment, I situate the contemporary housing question within the long histories of racial capitalism and a postcolonial critique of liberal democracy.


Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography and The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is inaugural Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA, which promotes research and scholarship concerned with displacement and dispossession in Los Angeles and in cities around the world and seeks to build power to make social change. Ananya’s research and scholarship has a determined focus on poverty and inequality. 

Organizer: IBF 25 års jubileum, Uppsala universitet, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF)  in collaboration with The Center for Multidisciplinary research on Racism, CEMFOR and The Department of Social and Economic Geography.

Jubileum 25 år IBF


Guest Lecture: With Professor Christina Sharpe, York University

Date: 13 May. Time: 13:15-15:00. Venue: Inhresalen, Engelska parken Uppsala universitet. 


In this talk, The Afterlife of Soil, Sharpe will think about wakes, slavery museums and memorials, about soil and dust. In order to do this she will turn to The Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and the Legacy Museum from Slavery to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama, among other sites. Sharpe will explore what soil might allow for in thinking about Black life and diaspora. She will also look to the work of Black women visual artists Torkwase Dyson and Courtney Desiree Morris.

"Christina Sharpe is a Professor at York University, Toronto in the Department of Humanities. She is the author of two books: In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016) (named by the Guardian and The Walrus as one of the best books of 2016 and a nonfiction finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award) and Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010), both published by Duke University Press. She is currently completing the critical introduction to the Collected Poems of Dionne Brand (1982-2010) to be published by Duke University Press. And she is working on a monograph: Black. Still. Life."


Race and Racialization from Pre-Modernity to Today: Juxtaposing Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific Experiences - Professor yasuko takezawa

Date: 2 May
Time: 15:15-17:00
Venue: 22-1017, Engelska parken, Uppsala University

Yasuko Takezawa, Takezawa is a professor of anthropology/sociology at the Institute for Research in Humanities of Kyoto University, Japan. Her specialties include race, ethnicity, and migration. Since 2001, she has been leading a multidisciplinary and international collaborative research project on ethnicity/race, winning consecutively one of the largest grants in the humanities and social sciences from the Japanese government.

Her English publications include: Breaking the Silence: Redress and Japanese American Ethnicity (Cornell University Press, 1995, the Japanese version won the Shibuzawa Award from the Japanese Association of Cultural Anthropology) Racial Representations in Asia (Takezawa ed. Kyoto University Press/ Transpacific Press, 2011); Transpacific Japanese American Studies: Dialogues on Race and Racializations (co-ed. with Gary Okihiro, U of Hawai’I Press, 2016).  


The prevailing rhetoric within the field of race studies is that the concept of race is a modern Western construct. This arises principally from the Trans-Atlantic encounter of slavery and the colonization of indigenous peoples, in addition to the birth of the scientific racism complicit in both. However, few studies have attempted to juxtapose the experiences of racism and racialization in the Trans-Atlantic with those in the Trans-Pacific. In this talk, I seek ways of understanding race and racialization distinct from the existing theory of race as a modern Western construct, juxtaposing the experiences of both Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific case-studies, in particular those in Japan such as Burakumin, from pre-modern times to provide a common understanding. Adopting an abstraction of the highest common factors from the various phenomena constituting the idea of race, we can identify three dimensions which I call (1) race (where perceived differences are understood as inherited and developed indigenously); (2) Race (seen as a scientific concept based on classifying people); and RR (Race as Resistance, emphasising the agency of a minority against hegemony, domination, and inferior placing in racial hierarchies). Using this terminology applied to the juxtaposed Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific cases, I argue that the idea of race is not a modern Western product, nor is it universal. By promoting dialogue amongst scholars on race we can come to a more nuanced understanding of the term.


Date: 6 March
Time: 15:15-17:00
Venue: 2-0076, Engelska parken, Uppsala UNiversity

Ranabir Samaddar is the Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group, India. He belongs to the critical school of thinking and is considered as one of the foremost theorists in the field of migration and forced migration studies. His writings on the nation state, migration, labour, and urbanization have signaled a new turn in critical post-colonial thinking. Among his influential works are: Memory, Identity, Power: Politics in the Junglemahals, 1890-1950 (Orient Longman, 1998), The Marginal Nation: Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal (Sage, 1999), and (co-authored) Beyond Kolkata: Rajarhat and the Dystopia of Urban Imagination (Routledge, 2014). His latest work is Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).

CEMFOR, Critical Border Studies in collabration with Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre 


Date: 21 February
Time: 16:00-18:00
Venue: Humanistic Theatre, Engelska parken Uppsala University

Professor Clare Hemmings, London School of Economics. Hemmings is Professor of Feminist Theory. She has been working at the Department of Gender Studies (formerly Gender Institute) since 1999.

Chair: Ulrika Dahl

CEMFOR In collaboration with Centre for Gender Research, EJWS and with support from Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice


Date: 22 February
Time: 11:30-13:00
Venue: Humanistisc Theatre, Engelska parken Uppsala University

An open lecture with Dr Alyosxa Tudor SOAS, University of London 

Alyosxa Tudor received their PhD from Tema Genus at Linköping University and is Assistant Professor of Gender studies at SOAS, University of London, UK. Their work connects trans and queer feminist approaches with transnational feminism and postcolonial studies, with a focus on (knowledge production on) migrations, diasporas and borders in relation to critiques of Eurocentrism and processes of gendering and racialisation. 

Presented as part of the international symposium European Gender Research in an Age of Right-Wing Populism, Growing Racism and Anti-Gender Ideologies, this lecture is co-sponsored by The Centre for Gender Research, the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism, The European Journal of Women’s Studies, and with support from Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice. 

(The lecture is free of charge and open to the public).

Guest Lectures in Fall 2018

Salman Sayyid

Islamophobia and Authoritarian Populism

Date and time: 14 November 2018, kl. 10–12.
​Location: Humanistiska Teatern (Uppsala University, Campus Engelska parken).

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.



Date and time: 23 October, 15.00–17.00 
​Location: Ihresalen (Uppsala University, Engelska parken/English Park Campus)

​Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Director for Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, Graduate Center at City University of New York.

The lecture is organized by Critical Border Studies Initiative. More info here.

"Mothers" Alexandra Pascalidou


  • Date: 1 October, 18:00–20:00
  • Location: Humanistiska teatern (Engelska parken)
  • Lecturer: Alexandra Pascalidou, Author and journalist Irene Molina, Professor of Human Geography. Researcher at CEMFOR

"The Mothers From The Outside Speak" - A Conversation Between Alexandra Pascalidou, Author Of The Book Moms And Irene Molina Who Researches In The Immigrant Mothers - Raced Children Project. Road selection, conflicts and visions.

The conference will be in Swedish

Registration is required here  

Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism
(CEMFOR) Uppsala university

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