CEMFOR awarded the 2023 Honorary Mention of Uppsala Municipality Equality Board

2023-03-10

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. 

CEMFORs Claes Tängh Wrangel at the Award Ceremony  Evelina Solem, Vice Chair of the Equality Board, Claes Tängh Wrangel, Managing Director CEMFOR, and Tobias Smedberg,Chair of the Equality Board.

The jury’s motivation reads: 

The Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR) at Uppsala University is awarded Uppsala Municipality’s 2023 Honorary Mention for its intersectional and applicable research on racism. Motivating the distinction, Uppsala Municipality stated that ‘With its research expertise, CEMFOR is an important resource for Uppsala Municipality and its inhabitants, especially in a time when racism and equality are made into a question of personal opinions and subjective experiences’. 

- To feel such local political and institutional support means a lot, says CEMFOR’s Managing Director Claes Tängh Wrangel. Indeed, this honorary mention is a much-needed encouragement in times when the issues in the focus of our work – racism and discrimination – are increasingly normalized in society. For us, combating racism and discrimination is a prerequisite for integration, and a key to building an inclusive society and sustainable democracy. To do this, we need to understand what racism is, how it is experienced, articulated and expressed, practiced, made possible, normalized and how it challenges the democratic values. This is our mission at CEMFOR, and we want to thank Uppsala University, its Domain of Social Sciences and Humanities and the UU Faculty of Theology for their support and belief in this mission. 

CEMFOR is awarded the Honorary Mention for its intersection and applicable research. 

- Our intersectional work has already been happening for several years - says CEMFOR’s current Director or Research Professor Michał Krzyżanowski. It began with our CEMFOR founding directors, and especially with the work of Professor Irene Molina. But it also continues widely today, in many of our research projects and in our daily work. Across all these, we focus on the wider ‘politics of exclusion’ which we see as a very dynamic intersection of multiple contemporary regimes of exclusion including racism, various forms of discrimination, and of gender inequality. All of these – especially in combination - still require a thorough, objective and ongoing as well as recurrent empirical analysis such as that provided by CEMFOR’s work. We are therefore very deeply honored by the recognition of this work by the Uppsala Municipality and are grateful for the encouragement that this gives us to continue our research and engagement activities.  

The Equality Board at Uppsala Municipality is a forum for dialogue between elected officials and external actors. The Board works to increase knowledge and raise awareness about equality and HBTQ in Uppsala. 

Read more: https://www.uppsala.se/kommun-och-politik/nyheter-och-pressmeddelanden/2023/platsutvecklingen-i-gottsunda-vinner-kommunens-jamstalldhetspris/

Video from the award ceremony: 
https://bit.ly/3YyfSep