Academy funding rewarded to the Swedish School of Social Science

Academy researcher Suvi Keskinen at the Swedish School of Social Science has been granted €480,000 by the Academy of Finland for her project “Intersectional Border Struggles and Disobedient Knowledge in Activism”.

Questions of gender, migration and racism have become central matters in current welfare societies. Suvi Keskinen’s research project examines everyday border struggles and collaborative knowledge production in antiracist, feminist and migrant rights activism, with a special focus on how these struggles are shaped by gender, ethnicity, race, class and age.

The project investigates the ‘disobedient knowledge’ arising from social movements and the incorporation of the knowledges of migrants and minorities living their life at the border. By doing so, it aims to identify alternatives to exclusionary nationalism and the now embattled liberal multiculturalism of the public sphere.

The project combines several kinds of qualitative and quantitative data: participatory workshops, interviews, observation, texts, autoethnography and survey. Its major methodological contribution comes from elaborating tools for participatory action research.

The funding decision 5.6.2018.