Confirmed keynote speakers are:
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is James B. Duke Professor of Sociology at Duke University, US. He describes himself as being trained in class analysis, political sociology, and sociology of development (globalization), but his work in the last 20 years has been in the area of race. Prof. Bonilla-Silva has published on racial theory, race and methodology, color-blind racism, the idea that race stratification in the USA is becoming Latin America-like, racial grammar, HWCUs, race and human rights, race and citizenship, whiteness, and the Obama phenomenon among other things. In all his work, he contends that racism is fundamentally about "racial domination," hence, racism is a collective and structural phenomenon in society. Among his many publications is the widely read book Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistance of Racial Inequality in the Americas .
Gloria Wekker is a social and cultural anthropologist with specializations in Gender Studies, Sexuality, African-American and Caribbean Studies. She was a professor in the Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, at Utrecht University, and since 2012 she is emerita.
Her books include The Politics of Passion; Women's Sexual Culture in the Afro-Surinamese Diaspora (2006; was awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize of American Anthropological Association in 2007), and White Innocence. Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race in the Netherlands (2016).
Wekker has advised the Dutch government on minority, health and women’s emancipation policies. In 2015 and 2016, she was a member of the Commission for Democratization and Decentralization and chair of the Diversity Commission at the University of Amsterdam. In 2017, she was elected one of the ten most influential Dutch academics by Science Guide, and she received the prestigious, governmental Joke Smit Prize for her life-long efforts on behalf of women’s emancipation. In 2019-2020, she occupies the King Willem Alexander Chair for Low Land Studies at the University of Liège, Belgium.
Get to know professor Wekker's work through "A Conversation with Gloria Wekker" (Jaffe, 2018)
Anders Neergaard, professor in sociology at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University. His research and publications span issues such as labour migration, inequality regimes, racial discrimination, trade unions, racist parties and structural racism. Recent publications include Dahlstedt, M., & Neergaard, A. (2019). Crisis of Solidarity? Changing Welfare and Migration Regimes in Sweden. Critical Sociology, 45(1), 121–135; Mulinari, D., & Neergaard, A. (2018). A contradiction in terms? Migrant activists in the Sweden Democrats party. Identities, 1–19. Schierup, C.-U., Ålund, A., & Neergaard, A. (2017). “Race” and the upsurge of antagonistic popular movements in Sweden. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 0(0), 1837–1854. Ålund, A., Schierup, C. U., & Neergaard, A. (Red.). (2017). Reimagineering the Nation. Essays on Twenty First Century Sweden. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
Marja Helander is a Sámi photographer, video artist and film-maker with roots both in Helsinki and Utsjoki. In her work, she has studied various themes including her own identity between the Finnish and the Sámi culture. Since 1992, Helander’s work has been exhibited in two dozen solo exhibitions and over 50 group exhibitions in Finland and abroad.
In her art, Marja Helander often builds from her own background between two cultures, the Finnish and the Sámi culture. What drives Marja as an artist is curiosity and the willingness to always learn something new. – This is why making video art and short films has been so inspiring after a long career in photography, Helander says. At the 2018 Tampere Film Festival, Marja Helander was awarded the Risto Jarva Prize for her film Eatnanvuloš lottit, Birds In The Earth. The Mänttä Art Festival has selected Marja Helander as the curator for the 2019 exhibition.