Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (cemfor) Research Projects 

Immigrant mothers – racialized children. Pathways, conflicts and visions

What are the connections between migration and racism? In what way can transfers between mothers and their children, as in the case of memories, values, as well as material and symbolic resources, contribute to better manage everyday racism and discrimination? 

Financier: The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) 

Angry White Men?

A study of violent racism, correlations between organized and unorganized hate crime and the affective dimensions of ultranationalism.

Financier: The Swedish Research Council (ca 4 000 000 kr).

Radicalization and Violent Extremism

The aim of the project is to analyze discourses on radicalization and violent extremismin in four arenas: the security and intelligence services, politics, academia, and news media.

Financier: The Swedish Research Council, 3 000 000 SEK.

The imaginative horizon of contemporary war: Neurobiology, AI and the US military

With the objective to predict and pre-empt the emergence of political violence, the US Department of Defence has devoted increasing attention to the intersection between neurobiology and AI. The aim of this research project is to examine how the promise of automated neurobiological technologies conditions imaginaries of war and governance. 

Financier: The Swedish Research Council (VR), 3 150 000 kr. 

Methodological Laboratories

The aim of this project is to develop ethically and scientifically tenable methods for measuring discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity and religion at a national level.

Financier: The Swedish Research Council, 5 000 000 kr.

Illustrations of Humans as Species and Race

The project aims at investigating how science used different illustrational practices to shape the human as species and race.

Financier: The Swedish Research Council, 2 000 000 SEK.

Colonial pasts, colonial presents – Nation, territory and the frontier of expansion in contemporary Brazil

The project explores the function of the category of the índio in imagining Brazil, in the past and in the present. Dealing both with ideas of the índio as a mythical origin of the nation, and how such images are reactivated not only in colonial discourses but also in indigenous decolonial mobilisation,

Project Description
Project leader: Patricia Lorenzoni.

Financier: The project has been funded by Hilding Svahn’s fund for Latin American Studies and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Safe and Sustainable Energy Futures

Dálkke is based at CEMFOR, Department of Theology at Uppsala University, and collaborates with Luleå University of Technology, Michigan State University and universities in Canada, US, Australia and Japan, as well as Indigenous communities and associations.  The project forms part of ongoing efforts by Indigenous and allied scholars, knowledge keepers, scientists, change-makers, and leaders to create a field to support Indigenous peoples’ capacities to analyze and address the consequences as well as mitigate the impacts of anthropogenic climate change – thereby contributing to the establishment of the field Indigenous Climate Change Studies. 

Financier: FORMAS Dnr 2017-01923, within the Swedish National Research Programme on Climate, and is led by Dr May-Britt Öhman. The project benefits from collaboration with amongst other Safe and sustainable energy futures in Sápmi  FORMAS Dnr 2016-01039. 

Produktionen av deporterbarhet: Ensamkommande minderårigas asylprocesser

The project studies the asylum processes of unaccompanied minors in Sweden, focusing on how asylum seeking children turn deportable. Hence the project also investigates how the legal category of the “child” functions in the asylum process, in relation to inclusion and exclusion.

Project leaders: Anne Kubai (Project leader, Södertörns högskola), Patricia Lorenzoni (Cemfor, Uppsala University)

Financier: The Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (project grant for research on racism)

Code, narrative, history: Making sense of Ancient DNA in Contemporary culture

The project investigates how contemporary archaeogenetical research in Sweden, France and the United Kingdom is translated into cultural and political narratives.

Financier: Riksbankens jubileumsfond, 8 000 000
Anslagsförvaltare: Stockholms universitet

The pandemic in Norrbotten

Photo: Natalia Kollegova

Unique research project on the pandemic in Norrbotten
The corona virus has changed a lot in our lives. In a new project, researchers in history and nursing at Luleå University of Technology – together with a large number of other stakeholders – will gather knowledge and experience from the ongoing pandemic.

Financier: The new one-year project, which has received SEK 3.089 million in funding from the Formas Research Council, has a special focus on Sami and reindeer husbandry, nursing homes and dementia care, and the consequences of the pandemic in the border areas with Finland and Norway.

Projekleader: May-Britt Öhman, History, Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts.

Leva utan olja?!

Living without oil?! Rethinking relations with lands and waters with Indigenous Land Based Expertise for a transition towards a fossil free welfare society.

Financier: FORMAS

After Deportation

This is a study of post-deportation outcomes. It focuses on what happens to asylum seekers after deportation from Sweden and their experiences. Although there is growing literature on detention and deportation, academic research on post-deportation is scarce.

9. Waiting


This is a study of undocumented migrants waiting for residence permits in Sweden. It focuses on their experiences of time and how their ‘irregular’ status is articulated while waiting.

This project is located under the Department of Social Anthropology Stockholm University.

Last modified: 2021-02-10