The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, CEREN, maintains the thematic network Ethnic Relations, Migration and Belonging at the Swedish School of Social Science. CEREN carries out research on a broad range of topics in the field of ethnic relations, nationalism and international migration, involving studies on the politics of migration, belonging and citizenship, policies and practices of integration, diaspora and transnationalism, ethnic and linguistic minorities, racism and antiracism, postcolonialism and decoloniality. Currently CEREN hosts research projects on transnationalism as a resource for diasporic groups; comparative research on countermedia and populism; welfare state practices and migrant families; postethnic activism and political subjectivities in the neoliberal era; and ethnic/racial profiling by the police. 

CEREN has extensive international research networks. It hosts and participates actively in several research networks, such as Multiculturalism, Cultural Homogeneity and Societal Security (NOS-HS, 2016-2018); Decolonial Critique, Knowledge Production and Social Change in the Nordic Region (NOS-HS, 2018-2020); The Power of Narrative: Democracy and Media in Turbulent Times (NOS-HS, 2018-2020); and the European Sociological Association’s Research Network 15: Global, Transnational and Cosmopolitan Sociology. 

CEREN organizes regularly seminars and events on current topics in the field of ethnic relations, migration and racism. The research at CEREN seeks to contribute actively to the public debate and to cooperate with authorities, media and civil society to enhance societal interaction. CEREN also coordinates the Master’s Degree Programme in Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration (ERI) and the English language teaching module in Ethnic Relations (15 – 30 ECTS), which is part of the Swedish Master’s Programme in Social Sciences at the Swedish School of Social Sciences.

CEREN was established in 1998 at the Swedish School of Social Science at the University of Helsinki.

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