Contemporary anti-Jewish racism and constructions of ‘Swedishness’ – an approach to the study of antisemitism from the field of Critical Race Studies

  • Datum: –17.00
  • Plats: Zoom
  • Föreläsare: Hansalbin Sältenberg, doktorand i genusvetenskap (Lunds universitet), presenterar sitt pågående forskningsprojekt om samtida anti-judisk rasism i Sverige.
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  • Arrangör: Centrum för Mångvetenskaplig Forskning om Rasism (CEMFOR)
  • Kontaktperson: Daniel Strand
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Abstract
Challenging the academic division of labor between, on the one hand studies of antisemitism, and on the other hand studies of other racisms, my doctoral project explores forms of anti-Jewish racism in contemporary Sweden. Locating white, modern and liberal Sweden at the center of the analysis, the dissertation explores anti-Jewish racism in relation to constructions of “Swedishness”, not least as far as secularism and Protestantism are concerned, but also in relation to anti-Muslim racism, and to gender and sexuality as social categories. Challenging the usefulness of the paradigm of “new antisemitism” to fully grasp experiences of contemporary anti-Jewish racism in Sweden, the thesis furthermore explores the complex dynamics and sometimes ambivalent relations between Jews in Sweden, and processes of national inclusion and exclusion. Methodologically, the thesis builds on semi-structured interviews with Jews in Sweden about experiences and understandings of antisemitism, discourse analyses of mass media discussions about antisemitism and of anti-Jewish policies enacted by mainstream political parties, as well as analyses of cultural products. Theoretically, the project is inspired by various scholars working in the traditions of critical race studies and postcolonial studies, providing understandings of racism as constitutive to modern society, the function of minoritized and racialized groups for the construction of the modern nation-state, the continuity between Protestantism and secularism, as well as the relation between whiteness and alleged universalism. Hopefully, the project can contribute to a deepened and structural understanding of both the specific characteristics of anti-Jewish racism in Sweden, as well as its relation to processes of racialization in Sweden more broadly.

Seminariet samordnas med Forum for Judiska Studier (Uppsala universitet).

Contemporary anti-Jewish racism and constructions of ‘Swedishness’ – an approach to the study of antisemitism from the field of Critical Race Studies
Senast uppdaterad: 2021-02-08