Call for Papers: NOS-HS exploratory workshop: Resilience, Racism and Colonialism
Uppsala University, 31 October - 1 November 2023
The network Politics and Power of Resilience (POWERS 2023-2024) aims at developing multidisciplinary critical discussions on resilience and its power effects in the Nordic context. The project is funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) and its exploratory workshop program.
CEMFOR awarded the 2023 Honorary Mention of Uppsala Municipality Equality Board
Each year, Uppsala Municipality’s Equality Board awards an honorary mention to individuals or organisations that have significantly contributed to equality in Uppsala.
2023 Honorary Mention is awarded to CEMFOR – Uppsala University’s Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism.
CEMFOR awarded funds for an international workshop series on the Politics of Resilience
CEMFOR is part of an international research network on the Politics of Resilience, which has been awarded funding for from the Joint Committee for Nordic research councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS) to run an international workshop series on resilience and global governmentality. Participating universityies are University of Lapland (Finland) och University of Copenhagen (Denmark). The workshop series is part of CEMFORs thematic area Biopolitics and Racism.
Funding for CEMFOR to establish research network on antisemitism in the Swedish School
The Swedish Research Council has awarded funds to establish a three-year research network on ”Learning, prevention and consequences of antisemitism in the Swedish educational system”.
News: CEMFOR researcher Claes Tängh Wrangel is awarded funding from the Swedish Science Council for his project "Cybersecurity and the politics of responsibility: Renegotiations of state-citizen relations in a digital democracy"
The complex, unbounded, decentralized, and deterritorialized nature of the Internet places the problem of responsibility at the center of global and national cybersecurity debates. By showcasing the politics of responsibility in Sweden’s emerging cybersecurity agenda, this project contributes new knowledge on how our democracy is affected by the rapid digitalization of society.
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New publication on art as a practice of resistance to racial structures
Mehek Muftee, together with René León Rosales, have recently published "We just want to make art’ – Women with experiences of racial othering reflect on art, activism and representation" in European Journal of Women's Studies.
CEMFOR withdraws its affiliation with the EIR
Following media reports concerning Uppsala University’s Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR) and its affiliation with the 2021 European Islamophobia Report (EIR), we would like to make the following statement:
News: Nathan Söderblom professor Mattias Gardell is awarded funding from The Swedish Science Council for his project "White Nostalgia. The Politics of Home and Belonging"
Nostalgia matters. Movies, tv-series and the retro industry feed nostalgic yearnings for bygone times and places. Marketing the past may make people miss what they never had, and hence cannot have lost.
News: Researcher May-Britt Öhman awarded funding from The Swedish Research Council for her project "Sijddaj máhttsat means "coming home"
2022 marks a century since the State institute for racial biology opened. The physical legacy of the institute consists of 12000 photos, of which the majority are of Sámi,
Publication: Lone Wolf Race Warriors and white Genocide - Mattias Gardell
Elements in Religion and Violence DOI: 10.1017/9781108609760 First published online: May 2021.
When Brenton Tarrant live-streamed his massacre of fifty-one Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March 2019, he was but one in a series of lone-acting white men committing violent crime to further the radical white nationalist aim to save the white race from extinction and establish a white ethnostate.
"Viking DNA and the pitfalls of genetic ancestry tests” - The Conversation - Daniel Strand, CEMFOR and Anna Källén, Stockholm´s University
A middle-aged white man raises his sword to the skies and roars to the gods. The results of his genetic ancestry test have just arrived in his suburban mailbox. His eyes fill with tears as he learns that he is “0.012% Viking”. These are the scenes from a video advertisement for the TV-series Vikings.
Publication: “The new extreme right” - Per Erik Nilsson, CEMFOR
Contemporary France is a prolific arena for post-fascist actors, parties, and movements. Self-proclaimed alternative news outlets and publishing houses serve as forums for information and mobilisation, through various strategies, to resist an alleged onslaught by the enemies of the nation and its people: multiculturalism, feminism, political correctness, political corruption, and civilisational decay.
Ny publikation! Uncivility, racism and populism: Discourses and interactive practices in anti- & post- democratic communication
By authors/editors: Michał Krzyżanowski, Mattias Ekman, Per-Erik Nilsson, Mattias Gardell, and Christian Christensen.
This Special Issue of Nordicom Review discusses interactive practices of articulating and communicating uncivility in the context of recent wider anti- and post-democratic change.
CEMFOR introduces digital City Walks on The History of Racism in Uppsala
Welcome to a digital city walk on The history of racism in Uppsala, produced by the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism at Uppsala University.
I am a Viking! DNA, popular culture and the construction of geneticized identity - Daniel Strand CEMFOR
In this article, we analyze how genetic genealogy reshapes popular notions of historical identity, as it facilitates a genetically informed understanding of ethnicity and ancestry. Drawing on interviews with Swedish, British and American individuals who have employed genetic ancestry tests (GATs) to prove ancestral connections to Vikings, we explore how the desire to “be a Viking” is articulated through a convergence of pre-existing discourses around Vikings and DNA. By combining signs from genetic science and popular depictions of Vikings, our interviewees create a new discourse of geneticized Viking identity. In this new discourse, socio-historically constructed ideas about Vikings are naturalized as the innate qualities of individuals who possess a certain genetic composition. Images of “the Viking” once created for political, cultural or commercial purposes are revived in new embodied forms and can start to circulate in new social contexts, where they, by association, appear to be confirmed by genetical science.
Insecure housing situation drives Roma migration - by Dominic Teodorescu & Irene Molina, International Journal of Housing Policy
Building or improving one’s own home is a strong motive for Roma who migrate from one European country to another. Their everyday life is marked by extremely precarious housing conditions, racism and forced nomadism. These findings have emerged in a new study based on interviews and fieldwork in Sweden and Romania.
Roma street-workers in Uppsala: racialised poverty and super precarious housing conditions in Romania and Sweden - Dominic Teodorescu & Irene Molina
Using a combination of a political economy approach for the analysis of housing with a postcolonial approach to mobility patterns of the racialised and impoverished Roma in Europe, we reflect on the relationship between racialisation and the precarious living and housing conditions of the Eastern European Roma who move from the poorer to the richer countries of the European Union.
Open Call: Black Feminism in the Nordics/The journal Astra: The guest editor for this special issue is Jasmine Kelekay, CEMFOR.
Special Issue 1/2021: Black Feminism in the Nordics
In the midst of a global pandemic, a worsening global economic crisis, and an increasingly far-right political climate, the Black Lives Matter movement has mobilized more people in the United States than ever before and millions more around the world. This past summer, the movement spread to all corners of the world, including the Nordic countries. Black activists in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland mobilized and organized protests not only to show solidarity with Black Americans but also to highlight anti-Black state violence and structural racism in the Nordics. This has brought anti-Black racism into mainstream debates and served as a reminder of the relevance of the Black Lives Matter-movement for the Nordic countries. Behind much of this work – just as with the Black Lives Matter-movement in the U.S. – are Black (queer) women. Yet at the same time, the violence against Black women and trans* people, as well as Black women’s leadership in antiracist and feminist movements, continue to be overlooked.
Dagbok från Brasilien: Fascismen utifrån och inifrån - Patricia Lorenzoni, researcher at CEMFOR
Diary from Brazil Fascism from the outside and inside (The book is in Swedish).
Under de gångna månadernas globala pandemi har Brasilien blivit en bild av politiskt kaos och ständigt stigande dödstal. Hur kunde det bli så i ett land som för bara tio år sedan ännu andades politiskt hopp och ekonomiska framsteg? Våren 2019, under Bolsonaros första månader som president, är Patricia Lorenzoni i Brasilien.
May-Britt Öhman forskare på CEMFOR – Sveriges koloniala teknik och återvinnande av samisk identitet: Intervju vid Antirasistiska Akademin (ARA)
May-Britt Öhman researcher at CEMFOR - Sweden's colonial technology and recovery of Sami identity: Interview at the Anti-Racist Academy (Antirasistiska Akademin, ARA). The interview is in Swedish.
I denna intervju har May-Britt Öhman ett samtal med Adrián Groglopo om den koloniala situation som Samerna genomgått i Sverige. Utifrån en berättarteknik om egna minnen och upplevelser om vad som kännetecknar den koloniala situationen för samerna, berättar May-Britt om sin uppväxt i en tystnad om samisk bakgrund och kulturarv.
Petition from Researchers Regarding the Fires in Moria, Lesvos
Following the fires that have burnt the Moria camp in Lesvos to the ground, we want to express our deepest concern with the developments in the Greek Aegean Islands over the past couple of years. We would also like to point out that the fires in Moria should be seen not as an isolated incident but rather as a direct consequence of the EU’s migration and border policies.
"0,01%: Genetik, ras och åtskillnadens metodologi" - Article in Fronesis by Daniel Strand
"0.01%: Genetics, race and the methodology of differentiation". Over the last century, genetics has had a problematic relationship with the question of human "races."
The article is available in Swedish here
Publication - "Shame on the church of Sweden’: Radical nationalism and the appropriation of Christianity in contemporary Sweden”
"Shame on the church of Sweden’: Radical nationalism and the appropriation of Christianity in contemporary Sweden”, by Per-Erik Nilsson, in Critical Research on Religion (SAGE).
Publication: "French Populism and Discourses on Secularism",
"French Populism and Discourses on Secularism", by Per-Erik Nilsson, and Published by Bloomsbury.
Publication: “Burka Songs 2.0: The Discourse on Islamic Terrorism and the Politics of Extremization in Sweden”
“Burka Songs 2.0: The Discourse on Islamic Terrorism and the Politics of Extremization in Sweden”, in Journal of Religion and Violence, by Per-Erik Nilsson, associate Professor in Sociology of Religion and as director and senior researcher at the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR).
”Rasismen fanns innan rasbiologin” - Intervju med Professor Mattias Gardell at EXPO
"Racism existed before race biology" - Interview with Professor Mattias Gardell, EXPO.
Vad säger forskningen? Rasism är ett system som sorterar människor och ger dem olika status och möjligheter. Denna maktordning har funnits i drygt 500 år, långt innan idén om biologisk rasism dök upp. Det säger professorn Mattias Gardell.
Lynchningar av svarta var ett offentligt folknöje - Aftonbladet Kultur by Professor *Mattias Gardell, CEMFOR
Mattias Gardell writes about America's dark history, where lynching has been commonplace since the days of slavery. "Lynchings of blacks were a public pleasure" - Aftonbladet Kultur by Professor Mattias Gardell, CEMFOR
"Det finns rasism inom den svenska polisen också" - "There is racism within the Swedish police too" Interview at UNT *Jasmine Kelekay, researcher at CEMFOR
"There is racism within the Swedish police too"
Racism within the US police has been a hot topic lately. But according to Jasmine Kelekay, researcher at CEMFOR, racism also exists within the Swedish police. (simultaneous translation into English)