Cluster members participate in the research frontline of Nordic Colonialism by providing a systematic analysis of how Nordic Colonial histories can be compared to other European colonial enterprises. In addition, the Cluster addresses the considerable dearth of transnational studies that consider how colonialism was often an interconnected enterprise, involving agents, methods and discourses from several Nordic nations.
The cluster also investigates how colonial discourses and practices still structure the way Nordic nations understand migration and diversity within their societies. Nordic Colonialism is not frozen in the past, and the cluster therefore carries out research on the legacies and the continuing effect of colonialism in metropolitan centres, in suburban and rural sections of society, and in territories such as Sápmi and Greenland. Our research looks at history and social and legal institutions, but also considers how contemporary literature, cinema, and popular music understand and represent Scandinavia's colonial past and present and the relationship between colonial narratives and contemporary racism.
The cluster hosts the Nordic Colonialisms Network that includes scholars from Greenland, Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Denmark. It also organises workshops and the Annual Lecture on Nordic Colonialism. Previous speakers include Gunlög Fur, Harald Gaski and Lars Jensen.
Project: Generating hope and dealing with uncertainty: An ethnographic study of the social dimensions of hope in the Swedish asylum-seeking context This project will study issues of hope and uncertaint…
Project: Narratives of Empire In this project we study how postcolonial and decolonial ideas are conveyed in popular culture.
Project: Power structures and resistence in 1900s and 2000s novels from the north of Sweden This project deals with a number of Swedish authors and texts that thematise and combine issues on exploitati…
Project: Social wounds and civil repair following forced migration – a case study of narratives of suffering, ethics and morals among Swedish volunteers, social workers and young migrants
Project: The Borders of Humanity: Linnaean Natural Historians and the Colonial Legacies of the Enlightenment In this project we explore how the formation of ethnographic knowledge gave rise to an idea …
- Barzoo Eliassi Associate Professor
- Gunlög Fur Professor, Dean
- Joachim Östlund Senior lecturer
- Johan Höglund Associate Professor
- Kristina Gustafsson Associate Professor
- Linda Andersson Burnett Researcher
- Peter Forsgren Professor
- Torun Elsrud Associate Professor
Affiliated researchers at other universities
- Astrid Surmatz, University of Amsterdam
- Gabriella Elgenius, University of Gothenburg