Faculty of Social Sciences

Book release - "THEORIZING NORDIC NATIONS AS CONSTITUENT PARTNERS OF BLACK EUROPE AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA"

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Thunbergsvägen 3C Engelska parken, 22-1017 (House 22)
  • Lecturer: Stephen Small, Professor of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Small has taught in the Department of African American Studies since 1994. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, (1989); his MS.C in Social Sciences, from the University of Bristol (1983); and his B.A. (honours) in Economics and Sociology from the University of Kent at Canterbury (1979). The seminar are followed by a post-seminar.
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  • Organiser: Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism (CEMFOR)
  • Contact person: Jeannette Escanilla
  • Seminarium

Stephen Small’s research is organized around the social scientific analysis of contemporary racial formations, and addresses links between historical structures and contemporary manifestations of racial formations in the United States and elsewhere in the African Diaspora. The importance of Black dialogues in the European academic sphere: An interview with UC Berkeley professor Stephen Small.

Abstract

Europe is made up of at least 46 nations, and a population of more than 770 million people. Black people of African descent are estimated at more than 7 million, with at least 90% of them in just 12 nations. Historically, the nations of Europe reveal highly divergent political, economic and ideological relationships with colonized African nations and the slave nations created across the Americas. How can we theorize the historical relationship of Sweden (and other Nordic nations) as constituent partners of Black Europe? And what are the striking similarities in the experiences of Black people in Sweden, as compared with the rest of the African Diaspora in Europe?  Drawing on my recently published book, I define Nordic nations as ‘peripheral colonial beneficiaries’; and I introduce the ideas of ambiguous hyper-visibility, entrenched vulnerability, and irrepressible resistance and resilience to characterize these striking similarities. In this way, I highlight the links between past and present, and the inextricable race/gender institutions and ideologies that are central to the racial formation of Black Europe.. 

The primary focus is on citizenship and institutional racism