The first year acting as editor of raster.fi has exceeded my expectations. In this post, which closes our 2021 publications, I retrospectively look at the experience to indicate ways in which the community of scholars engaged in anti-racism work can contribute to research-based information to public conversations in Finland. By Leonardo Custódio.
The “hybrid warfare” narrative to explain the situation at the border of Belarus and Poland makes yet another tragedy at the EU borders seem unprecedented and exceptional. However, Daria Krivonos argues, this is not new and, worse, legitimizes the suspension of international human rights norms as if to protect the EU from the ”threat” of migration and asylum seeking.
Woke on kovasti ihmisten huulilla. Mitä ilmiö oikeastaan sisältää ja miksi sitä vastustetaan? Tähän antaa vastauksen tuore Gaudeamus -kustantamon akateeminen kirja uudesta antirasismin teoriasta. Kirjoitaja: Sami Eerola.
In this post, RASTER.FI publishes the call to action ”Dismantling Antiblackness in Finnish Universities”. The document, written collectively by members of the Finnish academic community, describes the problematic persistance of Antiblackness in Finland’s university system, indicates anti-racist actions to improve students’ experience in university, and recommends textual and audiovisual resources for further reading and learning.
Students at Åbo Akademi University, in Turku, reflect about the aftermath of their initiative against what they perceived as racist requirements in admissions. They also invite students in other universities to take action. By Emilia Plichta, Jan Louie Uy, Niki Panera and Vera Lindén.
The article challenges Finland’s efforts to “attract international talent” (Case in point, the ”90-day Finn programme”) while neglecting existing international talent in the country. By Jawaria Khan, Olivia Maury, Quivine Ndomo.
Tämän toimintakehotuksen kirjoitti joukko Suomessa työskenteleviä tutkijoita ja opiskelijoita, jotka haluavat pysyä anonyymeinä, koska Israel kriitikoita sorretaan akateemisesti Euroopassa.
Call to action by a group of scholars and students in Finland who wish to remain anonymous due to the academic repression of Israel’s critics in Europe.
A team of early-career researchers at the Department of Geography and Geology of the University of Turku organized the seminar “Racism: What is it and why does it matter to us all” (May 2021). In a retrospective conversation with RASTER.FI’s Leonardo Custódio, the organizers – (in alphabetical order) Thomas Behrndt, Salla Eilola, Hanna Heino, Tikli Loivaranta, Camilla Marucco and Miriam Tedeschi – reflect about the experience of discussing racism as geographers. Photo by Jon Tyson/Unsplash.
In its March special issue, the magazine ASTRA discussed Black Feminism in the Nordics remarkably featuring the work of Black writers, scholars and artists. In a conversation with RASTER.FI’s Leonardo Custódio, guest editor Jasmine Kelekay (University of California, Santa Barbara) reflects about her trajectory in academia and the experience of putting together ASTRA’s historic publication.