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.

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.


"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

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


November 14, 2018
Salman Sayyid: Why Critical Muslim Studies?

Salman Sayyid is based at the University of Leeds, where he holds a Chair in Social Theory and Decolonial Thought and is the Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Additionally, he is a Senior Research Associate at Al-Sharq Forum, based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Professor Sayyid’s work is recognised for its innovative and transformative impact. His studies of the political, Islam, Islamophobia and racism are highly influential, and have been translated into half a dozen languages. Further consolidating his work, he founded a new international peer-reviewed academic journal ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies. Previously, Sayyid was Professor and the inaugural Director of the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding in Australia. As the centre’s director, he made a film entitled Everything You Wanted To Know about Muslims But Were Afraid to Ask and worked with the Australia Day Council to develop a schema for an annual national award for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding. He has also held academic positions in London, Manchester and Adelaide.

Professor Sayyid is a political theorist, whose work engages with critical theory and the politics and cultures of the Global South. Some of his major publications include: A Fundamental Fear(a book, despite being banned by the Malaysian government, is now in its third edition), A Postcolonial People (co-edited), Thinking Through Islamophobia (co-edited with Abdoolkairm Vakil) and Recalling The Caliphate (a Turkish translation of this book has just recently been published). Currently, Professor Sayyid is leading a major inter-disciplinary research programme based on a dialogue between decolonial thought and political theory. He is a frequent contributor to national and international media.

Note: This is the info concerning the research seminar. For the lecture by Salman Sayyid please see under Guest lectures.