The book “Racialization, Racism and Anti-racism in the Nordic Countries” (Palgrave Macmillan) which addresses the issues of racism and related phenomena in the Nordic countries, will be presented by Peter Hervik.

The presentation of the book took place on Wednesday, 28th November 2018 at 15:00

The authors invest a comprehensive effort to dig deep into the cumulated academic experiences and the analytic approaches in order to come to grips with the discrimination, racialization, color racism, Islamophobia, anti-racism, and the inclusion and exclusion of minorities in the Nordic countries.

Examinig critical media events in a heavily mediatized society, the authors explore how processes of racialization take place in an environment dominated by commercial interests, anti-migrant and anti-Muslim narratives and sentiments, and a surprising lack of informed research on national racism and racialization.

Overall, in tracing how these individual events further racial inequalities through emotional and affective engagement, the book seeks to define the trajectory of modern racism in Scandinavia.


Peter Hervik (editor) will present:
Chapter 1. “Racialization in the Nordic Countries: An Introduction”
Chapter 7 “The Vices of Debating Racial Epithets in Danish News Media Discourse” (w/ Mante Vertelyte)

About the contributors:
Lene Myong is professor of gender studies, University of Stavanger, Norway. Her research interests include transnational adoption, racial formation in Scandinavia, migration, and welfare state biopolitics. Her work has been published in journals such as Cultural Studies, Sexualities and GLQ.

Mathias Danbolt is an assistant professor of Art History at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Danbolt is currently working on a research project on the effects and affects of Danish colonialism within the field of art – a continuation of the postdoc project “Colorblind? Theorizing Race in Danish Contemporary Art and Performance.”

Tuija Saresma is docent/adjunct professor at the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture, Department of Art and Culture Research, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research interests include affects, migration, intersectionality, racialization and populist rhetoric as well as hate speech in social media. Currently, she studies the intersectional experiences of mobility and belonging and is PI of a multidisciplinary research project Arts of Belonging.

Mahitab Ezz El Din has a Ph.D. in Media and Communication Studies from Örebro University, Sweden. Her recent research focus on media and conflict, identity constructions, peace journalism and media and migration issues.

Asta Smedegaard Nielsen is a postdoctoral researcher, Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research is within the areas of media and migration, race and whiteness, gender studies, theories of affectivity, and media studies. Currently she is part of the research project “Loving Attachment: Regulating Danish Love Migration (LOVA).”

Sayaka Osanami Törngren is a post-doc researcher at Malmo Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare at Malmo University. She is engaged in research on race, ethnicity, intermarriage, and mixed identities, color-blind racism and “interracial” relations in Sweden.

Mante Vertelyte, doctoral researcher in migration studies at the Centre for the Study of Migration and Diversity (CoMID), Department of Culture and Global Studies, at Aalborg University, Denmark. Vertelyte is part of the project “A Study of Experiences and Resistances to Racialization in Denmark” (SERR). Her research is on friendship relations across differences (class, ‘race’, ethnicity, gender) and racialization practices among youth in Denmark.

Peter Hervik is an associate professor in Migration studies at the Department of Culture and Global Studies, at Aalborg University, Denmark. Hervik has conducted research among the Yucatec Maya of Mexico and on the representation in the news media of religious and ethnic minorities in Denmark. Currently, he is also the project leader of “A Study of Experiences and Resistances to Racialization in Denmark” (SERR). His research within this project deals with racialization in social media weblogs and Facebook comment threads.

Carolina Sanchez Boe, is post-doc at University of Aalborg. She is part of the project “A Study of Experiences and Resistances to Racialization in Denmark.” Boe is trained as a social anthropologist at Aarhus University, Denmark, and as a sociologist at Université Paris 5 and Université Paris-7, France. Her research is on migration, the anthropology of confinement, prison systems in France and the USA, prison radicalization, and the relationship between racialization and radicalization

Karina Horsti is senior lecturer in Cultural Policy and Academy of Finland Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä. In the field of transnational migration research she has worked on cultural diversity policies, nationalist populism, and mediated representations of refugees and asylum seekers. Her current research examines public remembering of forced migration and the commemoration of border related death in Europe.

Christian Stokke is Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the Department of Culture, Religion and Social Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Sports and Educational Science, at the University College of Southeast Norway. He teaches multiculturalism, intercultural understanding and religion. He publishes on multiculturalism, antiracist education, intercultural communication, and religious education.

Camilla Haavisto is Assistant Professor, Åbo Akademi University. She is a media and communication scholar interested in minority claims-making, anti-racism and the circulation of news between the Global South and the Global North. From the perspective of a politics of listening, she is currently mapping the field of civic antiracism in Finland, focusing particularly on the communicative agency of actors in the field.

Kjetil Rødje is senior lecturer at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.

Tess Skadegaard Thorsen, doctoral researcher of media, race and representation at the Department of Culture and Global Studies, at Aalborg University, Denmark. Thorsen is part of the project “A Study of Experiences and Resistance to Racialization in Denmark.” Her current research is on the practices of representation of various minoritized groups in the production of Danish film.

Nasar Meer is Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, and a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellow. Among many other research topics, Meer works on the topic of race as both a category of social theory and public policy, the former as a means of understanding modernity and difference, and the latter in terms of race quality and public policy.

Peter Hervik was the only one of the authors to be present.

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