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.

”It is the task of security institutions, but also the Finnish society more generally, to contribute to a respectful atmosphere, where Black, Brown and other racialised minority persons can voice their experiences of racism and unequal treatment without being threatened by legal procedures or other similar negative consequences.” – collective statement in support of Dr. Faith Mkwesha.