Race, bordering and disobedient knowledge, episode 1, transcription: About race, bordering and disobedient knowledge

Length of recording: 2 minutes

Participants: Nelli Ruotsalainen and Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin

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NR: Nelli Ruotsalainen

ASH: Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin


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NR: Hello and welcome to Race, Bordering and disobedient knowledge. My name is Nelli Ruotsalainen, and I'm a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Helsinki.

ASH: Hi, I'm Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin, and I'm also a Ph.D. researcher at the University of Helsinki.

NR: We are recording this podcast, Race, Bordering and dosobedient knowledge here at the Swedish School of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki. This podcast is based on a research project called Intersectional Border Struggles and Disobedient Knowledge and Activism, funded by the Academy of Finland between the years of 2018 and 2022.

ASH: The project is otherwise known as the KNOWACT-project and it examines everyday border struggles and collaborative knowledge production in anti-racist and migrant rights activism, with a special focus on how these struggles are shaped by gender, ethnicity, race, class and age. The project investigates, theoretically and empirically the emergence of, quote unquote, “disobedient knowledge”, from encounters in social movements and from the incorporation of the knowledges of migrants and minorities living their life at the border. So the project consists of.. there’s five of us in this research group, and you'll get to hear more about each of our research in the following episodes. So you'll hear about feminist activism and contesting normative whiteness by Nelli Ruotsalainen, on the development of racial equality data in Finland by me Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin, on the collaborative design of Anti-Racism Mobile App in Finland by Aminkeng Atabong Alemanji , on migrant rights activism by Minna Seikkula and on post-ethnic minority activism by Professor Suvi Keskinen.

NR: This podcast is born out of the idea that knowledge and especially disobedient knowledge cannot be launched in academia. So the impetus behind this is to disseminate the knowledge and talk more about the research that we have undertaken during this project. We hope that you enjoy the podcast and in this first episode we wanted to welcome you. Thank you.