research seminars spring 2020

The seminars are open for researchers and students if nothing else if specified. 

Location: Engelska parken, 22-1017 (House 22). Time: 15.15-17.00 (if nothing else is specified). All of the events are followed by a post-seminar. Welcome!

"Regarding black pain"

Note: Unfortunately, in the light of the current situation with the Corona virus and in accordance with University's guidelines, Wednesday's research seminar the 18th of March with Christopher Paul Harris will be canceled. We will return with further information on upcoming events.

Christopher Paul Harris is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of African American studies at Northwestern University. Discussant: Ylva Habel, researcher and associate professor in Media and Communication Science, Södertörn University.


The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) is part of a broader renaissance in Black organizing, expression, and political thought in the United States, as well as around the world. Its intervention has come in tandem with, and as a consequence of, the steady stream of images and reports graphically announcing the contingency of Black life through the sanctioned distribution of Black death. Drawing on three years of ethnographic research and activism, this presentation uses responses to pain and the concept of “regard” to theorize present patterns of Black resistance, fugitivity, and refusal. In doing so, it brings into focus the way young Black folks in and around M4BL operationalize a radically inclusive ethic of care, not only as a defining characteristic of their space, place, and self-making practices but as the foundation for a transformative political culture.


He received his Ph.D. in Politics and Historical Studies from The New School for Social Research this summer. Harris’s research explores how contemporary forms of Black politics, culture, and performance contest and reshape a range of political, social, and cultural norms across the Black Diaspora. 


Date: 29 April 2020

Jackie Hogan is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Bradley University. Discussant: Daniel Strand/CEMFOR.


Ancestry is not simply a biological fact; it is socially constructed. The stories we tell about our forebearers are necessarily selective, and these selective narratives are reflections of who we think we are, and who we wish to be. While this is as much the case in small-scale traditional societies as in industrialized societies, increasingly technologized and commercialized genealogical practice in the twenty-first century has the potential to transform our conceptions of ancestry, kinship, and identity. In particular, this talk explores the ways current genealogical practice re-essentializes and commodifies racial, ethnic and national identities.


Hogan is the author of four books, including Gender, Race and National Identity: Nations of Flesh and Blood (2009), Lincoln, Inc.: Selling the Sixteenth President in Contemporary America (2011), and Roots Quest: Inside America’s Genealogy Boom (2019). She has also published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on topics ranging from discourses of national identity in Olympic opening ceremonies, television advertisements, letters to the editor and films, to ethnonationalism and right-wing populism in the US, UK and Australia.


Date: 6 May 2020

Gavan Titley is a Docent in the Swedish School of Social Science, Helsinki University. 
Discussant: Per-Erik Nilsson/CEMFOR.


The question of free speech is never far from the headlines, and in these headlines it is frequently declared to be in crisis. These crises are declared in societies marked by abundant communication, and take shape less around material and governmental threats to expression than around controversies hinging on ‘what can be said’ about particular political, cultural and social issues. This lecture examines the centrality of race to these putative crises, and discusses three interconnecting dimensions: the postracial refusal of closure; the articulation of freedom of speech as a question of culture; and the vulnerability of dominant public understandings of freedom of speech to political capture.


His publications includes The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age (with Alana Lentin, 2011) och Racism and Media (2019). Titley’s research explores the intersections of media, political discourse and racism. The presentation at CEMFOR is based on his forthcoming book Is Free Speech Racist? (2020, Polity Books). 


Date: 13 May 2020

Leandro Schclarek Mulinari, his PhD in Criminology at the University of Stockholm in 2020 with the dissertation Race and Order: Critical Perspectives on Crime in Sweden.
Discussant: Jasmine L. Kelekay, University of California/CEMFOR.


In this study questions of crime are used as a means to explore the relation between race and the social order. The aim is to empirically and theoretically expand the criminological understanding of racism as a structural phenomenon. Anchored in critical criminology, and particularly the work of cultural theorist Stuart Hall, the racialization of crime and its consequences is addressed, with a particular focus on the role of ideology and repression. Departing from a Swedish context, local and global power relations associated with the current conjuncture, such as neoliberalism and the colonial legacy of Western powers, are highlighted. The study addresses different dimensions of the social order where conflicts are played out. In the first article, the role of language in the racialization of official crime discourse is explored at the level of metaphors. In the second, attention is turned to why racist imaginaries of crime are contested by established journalists. The third article addresses security measures that target Muslims in the effort to combat terrorism. The fourth article focuses on racial profiling from a more general perspective, investigating stop-and-search practices as well as consequences of the intertwinement of crime and migration control.  


Leandro's field of education: criminological theory, with emphasis on critical criminology.


Date: 5 February 2020​

Rebecka Katz Thor is a critic and lecturer in Aesthetics at Södertörn University. Discussant: Patricia Lorenzoni/CEMFOR.


In a time when the very last Holocaust witnesses will soon be gone, a possible route for commemoration is to ask what testimony images can give. Beyond the Witness seeks to answer the question of how images can bear witness by examining them as multifaceted entities produced, reproduced, and resituated in conflicting political and historical situations. In three archive-based films by Harun Farocki, Yael Hersonski, and Eyal Sivan, the moving image is reactivated and reinterpreted.

Footage produced as internal Nazi propaganda and the video recordings of a politically charged trial in the aftermath of the Holocaust have accrued new meaning. The archival status, context, and conditions for production, and the means of representation, offer a framework for an analysis through which the testimony of images can be understood. 


Her research focus is on image production and its relation to historical, ethical and political claims. Her 2018 dissertation Beyond the Witness: The Testimony of Images and Holocaust Representations investigates the image-as-witness in three films made of archival materials.

previous research seminar 2019

“Ser hijo/a de inmigrante en chile: efectos de las  políticas migratorias y la racializacion  en sus vidas cotidianas”

Date: 4 December, 2019

Constanza Ambiado, Chair of Racisms and Contemporary Migrations University of Chile. Discussant: Irene MolinaCEMFOR.

”Being a “migrant child” in Chile: The EFFECTS OF MIGRATION POLICIES AND the RACIALIZATION of children’s EVERYDAY LIVES”

Abstract in Spanish:
A través de un estudio etnográfico con familias de población migrante,  Contanza Ambiado y el equipo de investigación con quien trabaja, se han aproximado a las situaciones de vulnerabilidad  en que estas familias y especialmente los y las menores se encuentran. El proyecto se enmarca en las temáticas asociadas al racismo institucional y cotidiano que estas familias confrontan en las diversas arenas de la sociedad como el trabajo, la escuela, el espacio público entre otras. Dado que el país vive una convulsión social, Constanza se referirá también a las maneras como la represión policial puede selectivamente afectar a este sector de la población.

What is happening in Chile?

Fellow academics from Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Alejandra Bottinelli, Salvador Millaleo and Inta Rivas, reflect on current issues such as Social Movements and State Repression, Human Rights and Multinational Constitutional Assembly.

The talk will be held mainly in Spanish.

Date: 4 Deember, 2019
Time: 17:00 - 19:00
Venue: Engelska parken, room 22-1017, Uppsala University

Thunbergsvägen 3C, Uppsala.

Please register via the link here before December 2.

Bienvenides! Welcome!



Date: 20 November, 2019

Diana Mulinari, Lund University. Anders Neergaard, Linköping's University. Discussant: Mattias Gardell, CEMFOR.

Sociologists Bonilla-Silva and Baiocchi (2001) assert that sociologists, protected by a myth of neutrality and objectivity, follow the understandings of racism in their analysis of inequality as relegated to a secondary status, either according to the Marxist tradition as the superstructure or within a Weberian framework as a form of status difference. The aim of the lecture is to put the study of racism, a fundamental principle of social organisation in modern society, at the centre of social theory,and in the understanding of Sweden.. The aim is also to develop a productive dialogue with the traditions of Critical Race Theory (CRT), neo-Marxism and Black feminism; traditions that we will argue are highly relevant for the analysis of the Swedish racial regime. Central to our conceptual field are the concepts of exploitative, exclusionary and caring racism , grasping diverse forms of racism in diverse socio-political periods and identifying how these diverse forms of racism act upon different bodies.

Diana Mulinari. The role of mothers in doing the political was the topic of my PhD at the Department of Sociology. Lund University.  After a post at IMER (International Migration and Ethnic Relations) in Malmö City College.  I joined the Department of Gender Studies in 1998.  My research interests centre on issues of gender, inequality and visions of gender justice (and resistance to these visions). Central to my research is to understand how gender and sexuality, class and”race”/ethnicity do the social and make the political at the cross-roads between personal lives: diverse forms of belonging and national and transnational institutions. Questions of colonial legacies, Global North /Global South relations (with special focus on Latin America) and racism as well as the diversified forms of resistance and organisation to old and new forms of power have stayed with me through all the work I have done. My research has developed in a critical dialogue with feminist and other theoretical and methodological contributions that make a strong case for emancipatory social science. 

Anders NeergaardProfessor of Sociology at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society at Linköping University. Neergaard’s research focuses on power and resistance, particularly in relation to discrimination, racialization and racism. He is also interested in questions about the rise of right wing-populism in contemporary Europe. Among his publications are Den nya svenska arbetarklassen (2004) and Klassamhällets rasifiering (2018).


Date: 13 November 2019

Lecturer: Dr. Frances Wyld is a Martu woman (Aboriginal people of the Pilbara region of Australia) and Doctor of Communication.

Abstract: In this presentation I reflect on the methodology and ethical considerations of an Australian sub-project that is part of the research project Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change Studies, funded by FORMAS, within the Swedish National Research Programme on Climate, and placed at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism, CEMFOR, at Uppsala University.

The Australian sub-project documents stories and opinions about climate change, caring for country and the use of Indigenous knowledges in design and innovation to better care for the environment. The work is ongoing during 2019 and the results will be presented at conferences and in articles during 2020. The methodology is a blend of western and Indigenous knowledges characterised by the logos and mythos of information gathering. The logos is the academic pursuit of knowledge on the subject undertaken through literature review and the interviewing of Indigenous academics. The mythos represents Storywork and the stories collected from Indigenous communities and people alongside the needs of this diverse land. But how do you give the land a voice in academia beyond what can be known within science? How do we tell an academic organisation that the land is a research participant? Ethical considerations involved in working with Indigenous communities are important, protocols in academia in Australia were put in place for this. Yet something has been lost in translation; a colonising voice had taken command yet again, leaving the land without a voice and the researcher disconnected from a fundamental participant in research - the environment itself.

Frances Wyld
, is a Martu woman (Aboriginal people of the Pilbara region of Australia) and Doctor of Communication. She has taught in the areas of Indigenous Knowledges, education, cultural studies and has worked extensively within curriculum development. Her doctorate title ‘In the time of Lorikeets’ uses autoethnography, storytelling and mythography to centre Indigenous Knowledges within an academic environment to establish an Indigenous worldview for ethical research and teaching.

She takes great pride in her ongoing collaboration with Sámi academics and community persons. Her publications include both scholarly and creative writing elements. Dr Wyld is currently working on a project led by Uppsala University to research climate change, Indigenous perspectives and innovation. She lives in Adelaide, Australia with her son.

Project: Indigenous Australian perspectives on Climate Change.


Date: 23 October, 2019

Nico Carpentieris Extraordinary Professor at Charles University in Prague; he also holds part-time positions at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB - Free University of Brussels), as Associate Professor, and at Uppsala University, as Senior Researcher.
Discussant: Daniel Strand, CEMFOR.

"This talk aims to contribute to the theoretical discussions on othering processes, by linking them to the dynamics of antagonism and agonism, as developed by Mouffe (2005, 2013). Building on two research projects, one on conflict transformation and community media in Cyprus, and one on the construction of the homeless subject position in Greece, an argument will be made to move beyond the constructions of enemy and adversary. Several trajectories will be considered, including the multiplicity of interacting antagonisms and agonisms, the existence of other others, and the possibility of synergism.”

The rise of the right wing and the reconfiguration of racism in Brazil 

Date: 2 October, 2019

Joaze Bernardino Costa, University of Brasília UnB, (Brazil). Discussant: Patricia Lorenzoni, holds a Ph.D. in History of ideas and is a research fellow at CEMFOR.

Abstract: From the point of view of the hegemonic discourse, Brazil was treated throughout the twentieth century as an exceptionality in terms of harmonious coexistence between whites and blacks. This hegemonic discourse coexisted with a counter-hegemonic discourse of the black population that always denounced practices of racism in Brazil. The election campaign of 2018, which culminated in the rise of right wing parties to power, has caused Brazilian racism to come out of the closet and show its more overt aspect. The presentation will discuss the reconfiguration of racism in Brazil, which has resulted in its most cruel face, the genocide of black youth, as well as the dismantling of some of the achievements of the left-wing government that held power between 2003 and 2015. We will also develop a reflection on the need for a new leftist project which should recognize the centrality of racial issues in the country.

Joaze Bernardino-Costa, is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Brasilia (Brazil).  His researches are about Affirmative actions, racial inequalities, domestic workers, black movement, postcolonial theories, decolonial theories and so on. He is author of several articles and books about race and racism issues in Brazil. Among them the following books: Decolonialidade e Pensamento Afro-diaspórico, 2018 (Decoloniality and Afrodiasporic Thought); Saberes Subalternos e Decolonialidade: os sindicatos das trabalhadoras domésticas no Brasil, 2015 (Subaltern Knowledge and Decoloniality: the domestic workers union in Brazil).

Research SPRING seminars 2019

The seminars are open for researchers and students if nothing else if specified. 

Location: Engelska parken, 22-1017 (House 22). Time: 15.15-17.00 (if nothing else is specified). All of the events are followed by a post-seminar.


"A racialized working class, white masculinity and opportunities imagined solidarities".

June 5, 2019
Time: from 15:15 to 17:00
Venue: Engelska parken, House 22, room 22-1009

Anders Neergaard, Linköping's University. Discussant: Daniel Strand, CEMFOR.

Anders NeergaardProfessor of Sociology at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society at Linköping University. Neergaard’s research focuses on power and resistance, particularly in relation to discrimination, racialization and racism. He is also interested in questions about the rise of right wing-populism in contemporary Europe. Among his publications are Den nya svenska arbetarklassen (2004) and Klassamhällets rasifiering (2018).

Photo: Olof Holmgren

Households and Prisons - Portrayals of Everyday Life in Argentinian Literature Written During the Dictatorship 1976-83. 

May 22, 15:15 p.m. to 17:00 p.m.

Sofia Iaffa Nylén Sofia Iaffa is a PhD student in Literature at Stockholm University. Her PhD project deals with Hispanic prose, written by Latin American writers in exile during the late 20th Century. Through a study of the writings of Cristina Feijóo, Cristina Peri Rossi and Griselda Gambaro, amongst others, Sofiainvestigates questions concerning literary political activism, memory, multilingualism and rasism in the West.

At the seminar, Sofia will present a text in which she analyses literary portrayals of everyday life during the dictatorship, in Luisa Valenzuela's Cambio de Armas from 1982. 

Discussant: Cecilia Luzon. Luzon has a MA in Literature. Her research interests concern exile, migration and contemporary poetry.

Att förstå det som inte går att förstå. Vittnesmål om Förintelsen bland överlevare i Sverige

April 10, 15:15 p.m. to 17:00 p.m. Venue: New! 22-1017

"Understand what can not be understood", Testimonies of the Holocaust and its survivors in Sweden.

Bernt Hermele, journalist. 
A conversation with Rebecka Katz Thor, Researcher and critic at Södertörn University.

Bernt Hermele is a journalist and writer. Hermele has written several books about Jewish life and culture in Sweden. In 2005, he was praised for the autobiographical TV documentary Min mamma mördades av en självmordsbombare. Hermele is currently working with Överlevarna, a podcast interviewing the last generation of Swedish Holocaust survivors.

Rebecka Katz Thor holds a Ph.D. in Aesthetics from Södertörn University. Katz Thor received her doctorate in 2018 after defending the dissertationBeyond the Witness: Holocaust Representations and the Testimony of Images. In the thesis, Katz Thor surveys how movies documenting the Holocaust can function as testimonies of the crimes of Nazism.

What is Indigenous Studies?

20 March, 15:15 pm - 17:00 pm

Lecturer: Karin Eriksson, PhD student in Scandinavian Studies at University of Washington, Seattle. Her research focus is contemporary Swedish settler colonial processes in Sámi contexts. Kaisa Huuva, PhD student in Sami studies at Umeå University. Her research focus is formations of settler colonialism in contemporary Sweden.

What is Indigenous Studies? This seminar is an introduction to the growing academic field of Indigenous Studies. We will discuss the field's development, central concepts and methodology. 

Commenters: Mattias Gardell, Irene Molina, Ylva Habel - CEMFOR.

The seminar will be in English. 


March 13, 15:15 p.m. to 17:00 p.m.

Alexa Døving, University of Oslo: Discussant: Mattias Gardell, CEMFOR.

Alexa Døving is a researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo. Døving is one of Norway’s leading experts on questions about islamophobia, antisemitism and religious identities. After receiving her Ph.D. in History of Religion in 2005, she has published a number of articles and books about different forms of racism in contemporary Norway. Døving is currently working on a project about the Norwegian extreme-right’s activities on social media.


Date: February 15, 2019
Time: from 13:00 to 15:00
Venue: Engelska parken, House 22, room 22-0031

On the 15th of February, from 13 to 15 o'clock  it is time for the next Black Studies Reading seminar! This time it will be led by Sociology Professor Anders Neergaard, REMESO, Linköpng University, who will introduce the session by bringing  his perspectives on Cedric Robinson's book Black Marxism: The Making of The Black Radical Tradition (attaches as pdf here). Neergaard will also formulate a cluster of discussion questions, which will be sent via the mailing list in a few days. The seminar will be held in Swedish, but we welcome discussion entries in English from those who prefer that.

Photo: Olof Holmgren


20 February 20, 15:15 p.m. to 17:00 p.m.
Venue: Engelska parken, sal 22-1009  

Nafeesa Nichols, University of Bergen. Discussant: Ylva Habel, CEMFOR.

Nafeesa T. Nichols is a Ph.D. student at the University of Bergen. Her dissertation project "Popular Spaces: Space, Race and Gender in Four Contemporary South African novels" examines how urban spaces in post-Apartheid South Africa exclude black citizens. Nichols is also interested in political activism and popular culture like afro punk and hiphop.

Research seminars 2018


December 12, 2018
Nina Mangalanayagam: ​The Tangled Web of Belonging

The talk will weave personal stories of othering, fairy tales and narratives of unity and separation into a tale of belonging. Mangalanayagam reflects on the complexity of multiple heritages in the post-colonial West and how this is explored in her visual art works.

Nina Mangalanayagam is a visual artist working with still and moving image. She has a Masters in Photography from the Royal College of Art and a PhD by practice from the University of Westminster. In her practice, Nina explores themes of belonging and hybridity, often using a semi-autobiographical approach. Her research analyses the shifting points of identification she experiences as a mixed heritage subject, to explore the dichotomy of black and white notions of identity. Nina is a visiting lecturer in the UK and in Scandinavia. Current and recent institutions include Portsmouth University, Camberwell College of Arts, UK and Akademin Valand, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The seminar will be in English.

Nina Mangalanayagam