Circle 5: Racialization, Whiteness and Politics of Othering in Contemporary Europe

Next events: 

Racialization, Knowledge Production and Researcher Positionality

Symposium 11-13 October 2021
Roskilde, Denmark / virtual meeting, CfP


Past events:

Winter Session 2021 – Racialized Encounters CfP Programme

About this study circle:

This study circle discusses how and to what effects racialization and whiteness shape Nordic, Baltic and European spaces, identities and politics. The circle invites interdisciplinary debates about Europe’s condition/identity/integrity, posing questions about who and what counts as “European”, “Nordic” and “Baltic” from different locations, practices and subject positions. We aim to broaden and develop existing research networks on race, racialization and whiteness in Nordic countries with perspectives and knowledge from post-Soviet contexts. This enriches existing interdisciplinary scholarship by combining post-Soviet and post-colonial perspectives. Our circle has a particular role for NSU, as the organisation itself comprises a meeting space for Nordic and Baltic experiences. We wish to bring together scholars, practitioners, artists, activists at different career stages.

This study circle explores compelling issues of European identity, integration and its future by engaging concepts of race and differentiated whiteness, moving beyond the binary of white/non-white or (single, solid) hegemonic whiteness. We set out to investigate how different whitenesses are enacted, negotiated and contested, and to challenge how un(re)marked whiteness reinforces colonial complicity (Keskinen, 2009; Vuorela, 2009).
The study circle aims to unpack how and to what effects racialization and whiteness continue to shape Nordic, Baltic and European spaces, bodies and politics. We seek to create an open space for critical conversations and plurality of knowledges, where productive tensions can emerge as we acknowledge our racialised positionalities and “blind spots”.
Themes addressed in the symposia include, but are not limited to:

● Hierarchies of race and “shades of whiteness” (Moore, 2013).
● Intersections between race, class and gender and (re)inscriptions otherness (Light & Young, 2009; Binnie & Klesse, 2013; Anthias, 2013; Brah & Phoenix, 2004).
● Complexity of racial and ethnic (un)privilege (Salamuk, 2014).
● Securitization and tightening of borders/national frontiers.
● Racialisation, affect and embodiment.
● Othering processes, boundary construction and racialization of Eastern European and Baltic migrants in Nordic and Western Europe countries.’


Anna Wojtyńska
Coordinator Study Circle 5

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Iceland.

Irma Budginaitė-Mačkinė
Coordinator Study Circle 5

PhD, Lecturer at Vilnius University, Lithuania.

Linda Lapiņa
Coordinator Study Circle 5

cand. psych., PhD, Assistant Professor of Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University, Denmark