Centrum för mångvetenskaplig forskning om rasism


Alla seminarier är öppna för forskare och forskarstuderande om inget annat uppges. 

Lokal: Engelska parken, 22-1017 (Hus 22). Tid: 15.15-17.00 (om inte annat anges). Alla event följs av mingel/post-seminarium.


23 maj - "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).  På engelska.

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. 

Obs! 5 juni - Obs! Seminariet skjuts upp till hösten1 Per-Erik Nilsson. ”Open Source Jihad - en diskussion om kritisk terrorismforskning.” Samarrangemang med Centrum för Polisforskning.” Discussant: Amir Rostami


Tidigare seminarier

28 februari - Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, Irene Molina och Karina Raña. ”From Welfare to Warfare: Exploring the Militarization of the Suburb." Discussant: René Leon-Rosales, MKC. På engelska.

20 mars - Dominic Teodorescu, kulturgeografi, Uppsala universitets och Irene Molina, vetenskaplig ledare vid CEMFOR. ”The extremely excluded? Roma EU migrants’ precarious living conditions in Uppsala.” Discussant: Simon Wallengren. På engelska.

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, Fd i Historia, Örebro universitet. 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 universitet. ”The generations before us? On the ahistorical articulation of national identity in the Danish context.” På engelska.

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 maj - 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.” På engelska.

Obs! 23 maj - Obs! Seminariet skjuts upp till hösten! 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. På engelska.