cancelado! “The Diversity Mandate in US Biomedical Research: Precision, Inclusion, and Equity”

Nota: Debido a la situación actual del virus corona y de acuerdo con la dirección de la universidad, lamentablemente el seminario de invitado, el día 12 de mayo con Janet K. Shim será cancelado. Volveremos con más información sobre los próximos eventos.


This talk shares some preliminary findings from an ongoing study of precision medicine research initiatives in the US that explicitly seek to diversify populations represented in biomedical research. Investigators focused on precision medicine research (PMR) have recognized the critical need to enhance diversity – along dimensions of race and ethnicity, but also along other dimensions as well – and have implemented a wide variety of approaches to achieve this. Drawing on data from participant observation of PMR study activities, in-depth semi-structured interviews with PMR investigators, and review of funding announcements and other documents related to PMR, this presentation traces how goals of diversity and inclusion are implemented in the context of large cohort and intervention studies. We examine how these initiatives define “diversity,” engage in research practices to recruit, enroll, and engage diverse communities, and manage data collection and analysis processes to speak to scientific questions around diversity.


Janet K. Shim, PhD, MPP, is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She received a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University and her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco. Her current program of research focuses on two main areas: the sociological analysis of the science of health disparities and the study of the interactional dynamics of healthcare encounters and their consequences. Her work has been supported by grants from the US National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

She is a co-editor of Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health, and Illness in the U.S. (Duke University Press, 2010) and the author of Heart-Sick: The Politics of Risk, Inequality, and Heart Disease (New York University Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her articles have appeared in journals such as American Sociological ReviewJournal of Health and Social BehaviorMedical Anthropology QuarterlyScience, Technology & Human ValuesSocial Science and MedicineSocial Studies of Science, and Sociology of Health and Illness.

Conferencias de Invitados - PRIMAVERA 2019

Racial Banishment: The Housing Question in Postcolonial America

Fecha: 12 de noviembre, 2019
Hora: de 15.15 A 17.00 hrs
Lugar: Campus Gamla torget, sala Brusewitz, Universidad de Uppsala 


This talk is concerned with dispossession and displacement in the contemporary American metropolis.  Eschewing familiar vocabularies of eviction and gentrification, I emphasize processes of state-instituted violence against targeted bodies and communities.  Conceptualizing such dispossession as racial banishment, I situate the contemporary housing question within the long histories of racial capitalism and a postcolonial critique of liberal democracy.


Ananya Roy is Professor of Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography and The Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Inequality and Democracy at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is inaugural Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA, which promotes research and scholarship concerned with displacement and dispossession in Los Angeles and in cities around the world and seeks to build power to make social change. Ananya’s research and scholarship has a determined focus on poverty and inequality. 

Organiza: Universidad de Uppsala, Instituto de estudios de Vivienda y Urbanismo (IBF) 25 aniversario, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF)(IBF), en colaboración con El Centro de Estudios Multidisciplinarios sobre Racismo (CEMFOR) y El Departamento de Geografía Social y Económica.

Aniversario 25 años IBF


Conferencia de Invitados: con la Profesora Christina Sharpe, universidad de York 

Fecha: 13 de mayo. Horario: 13:15-15:00. Dirección: Inhresalen, Engelska parken Uppsala universitet. 


In this talk, The Afterlife of Soil, Sharpe will think about wakes, slavery museums and memorials, about soil and dust. In order to do this she will turn to The Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and the Legacy Museum from Slavery to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama, among other sites. Sharpe will explore what soil might allow for in thinking about Black life and diaspora. She will also look to the work of Black women visual artists Torkwase Dyson and Courtney Desiree Morris.

"Christina Sharpe is a Professor at York University, Toronto in the Department of Humanities. She is the author of two books: In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016) (named by the Guardian and The Walrus as one of the best books of 2016 and a nonfiction finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award) and Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010), both published by Duke University Press. She is currently completing the critical introduction to the Collected Poems of Dionne Brand (1982-2010) to be published by Duke University Press. And she is working on a monograph: Black. Still. Life."


Race and Racialization from Pre-Modernity to Today: Juxtaposing Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific Experiences - professor yasuko takezawa

Fecha: 2 de mayo
Horario: 15:15-17:00
Local: Sala 22-1017, Engelska parken, Universidad de Uppsala

Yasuko Takezawa, Yasuko Takezawa is a professor of anthropology/sociology at the Institute for Research in Humanities of Kyoto University, Japan. Her specialties include race, ethnicity, and migration. Since 2001, she has been leading a multidisciplinary and international collaborative research project on ethnicity/race, winning consecutively one of the largest grants in the humanities and social sciences from the Japanese government.

Her English publications include: Breaking the Silence: Redress and Japanese American Ethnicity (Cornell University Press, 1995, the Japanese version won the Shibuzawa Award from the Japanese Association of Cultural Anthropology) Racial Representations in Asia (Takezawa ed. Kyoto University Press/ Transpacific Press, 2011); Transpacific Japanese American Studies: Dialogues on Race and Racializations (co-ed. with Gary Okihiro, U of Hawai’I Press, 2016).  


The prevailing rhetoric within the field of race studies is that the concept of race is a modern Western construct. This arises principally from the Trans-Atlantic encounter of slavery and the colonization of indigenous peoples, in addition to the birth of the scientific racism complicit in both. However, few studies have attempted to juxtapose the experiences of racism and racialization in the Trans-Atlantic with those in the Trans-Pacific. In this talk, I seek ways of understanding race and racialization distinct from the existing theory of race as a modern Western construct, juxtaposing the experiences of both Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific case-studies, in particular those in Japan such as Burakumin, from pre-modern times to provide a common understanding. Adopting an abstraction of the highest common factors from the various phenomena constituting the idea of race, we can identify three dimensions which I call (1) race (where perceived differences are understood as inherited and developed indigenously); (2) Race (seen as a scientific concept based on classifying people); and RR (Race as Resistance, emphasising the agency of a minority against hegemony, domination, and inferior placing in racial hierarchies). Using this terminology applied to the juxtaposed Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific cases, I argue that the idea of race is not a modern Western product, nor is it universal. By promoting dialogue amongst scholars on race we can come to a more nuanced understanding of the term.


Fecha: 6 de marzo
Horario: 15:15-17:00
Local: 2-0076, Engelska parken, Universidad de Uppsala

Ranabir Samaddar is the Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group, India. He belongs to the critical school of thinking and is considered as one of the foremost theorists in the field of migration and forced migration studies. His writings on the nation state, migration, labour, and urbanization have signaled a new turn in critical post-colonial thinking. Among his influential works are: Memory, Identity, Power: Politics in the Junglemahals, 1890-1950 (Orient Longman, 1998), The Marginal Nation: Transborder Migration from Bangladesh to West Bengal (Sage, 1999), and (co-authored) Beyond Kolkata: Rajarhat and the Dystopia of Urban Imagination (Routledge, 2014). His latest work is Karl Marx and the Postcolonial Age (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017).

CEMFOR, Critical Border Studies en colaboración con Uppsala Religion y Society Research Centre. 


Fecha: 21 de febrero
Horario: 16.00-18.00
Local: Humanistiska teater, Engelska parken Universidad de Uppsala

Professor Clare Hemmings, London School of Economics. Hemmings is Professor of Feminist Theory. She has been working at the Department of Gender Studies (formerly Gender Institute) since 1999.

Chair: Ulrika Dahl

CEMFOR en colaboración con: Centre for Gender Research, EJWS y con el apoyo de Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice.


Fecha: 22 de febrero
Horario: 11.30-13.00
Local: Humanistiska teater, Engelska parken Universidad de Uppsala

An open lecture with Dr Alyosxa Tudor SOAS, University of London 

Alyosxa Tudor received their PhD from Tema Genus at Linköping University and is Assistant Professor of Gender studies at SOAS, University of London, UK. Their work connects trans and queer feminist approaches with transnational feminism and postcolonial studies, with a focus on (knowledge production on) migrations, diasporas and borders in relation to critiques of Eurocentrism and processes of gendering and racialisation. 

Presented as part of the international symposium European Gender Research in an Age of Right-Wing Populism, Growing Racism and Anti-Gender Ideologies, this lecture is co-sponsored by The Centre for Gender Research, the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Racism, The European Journal of Women’s Studies, and with support from Uppsala Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice. 

(The lecture is free of charge and open to the public).

Conferencias de Invitados - Otoño 2018

Salman Sayyid

Islamophobia and Authoritarian Populism

Date and time: 14 November 2018, kl. 10–12.
​Location: Humanistiska Teatern (Uppsala University, Campus Engelska parken).

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.



Conferencia invitada: Fecha y hora: 23 de octubre, de 15.00 a 17.00 hrs.
​Ubicación: Ihresalen (Universidad de Uppsala, Engelska parken)

​Ruth Wilson Gilmore es profesora de Ciencias de la Tierra y del Medio Ambiente, Directora del Centro para el Lugar, la Cultura y Política del Centro de Graduados de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

La conferencia está organizada por Critical Border Studies Initiative. Más información aquí.

Alexandra Pascalidou


Datum och tid: 1 oktober kl. 18.00–20.00 
​Plats: Humanistiska teatern (Engelska parken)

”Mödrarna från utkanten talar” - ett samtal mellan Alexandra Pascalidou, författare till boken Mammorna och Irene Molina som forskar inom projektet Invandrade mödrar - rasifierade barn. Vägval, konflikter och visioner. 


Centrum för mångvetenskaplig forskning om rasism
(CEMFOR) Uppsala universitet