research seminars in FALL 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. 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).

“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.

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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