Race, bordering and disobedient knowledge

This podcast introduces research on racism, border politics and knowledge created in activism and everyday struggles.

We study social movements, encounters with authorities and antiracism education. The podcast is created by the researchers in the project “Intersectional Border Struggles and Disobedient Knowledge in Activism”. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland and located at the Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki.

The podcast is created by professor Suvi Keskinen, postdoctoral researchers Minna Seikkula and Aminkeng Atabong Alemanji and doctoral researchers Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin and Nelli Ruotsalainen

In the Nordic countries, many social media platforms, activist groups and arts events are organised by Black, Brown and other People of Colour. Some of the activities are framed around antiracist feminism or African diaspora, others build for example on urban activism in racialised and marginalised areas. In this episode, Minna Seikkula interviews Suvi Keskinen about her research on this kind of activism and the ways that research can be part of social change. 

Aminkeng Atabong Alemanji interviews Minna Seikkula on her research on administrative border struggles. The discussion focuses on questions of methodology in critical research on migration related topics.

Discussion between Minna Seikkula and Aminkeng Atabong Alemanji. Amin reflects on using Participatory action research techniques and working with students to design the mobile app Finland Without Racism. Finland Without Racism can be downloaded on the Google Play and iOS stores.

Nelli Ruotsalainen interviews Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin about her research on racial equality data and how to collect data about discrimination in an ethical way. Amiirah explains that racial equality data is used as an equality tool for antiracist and anti-discrimination legislation.

Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin interviews Nelli Ruotsalainen about her research on contesting normative whiteness in the feminist movement in Finland. Nelli is interested in how different kinds of feminist actors incorporate antiracism in their activities and how that looks like.

Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin and Nelli Ruotsalainen introduce the podcast and the ideas behind it.