Thursday 17 October, 14:15 - 16:00
Migration seminar: Colors That Matter: Mixed Racial Identity and Racialized Bodies in Norway
Niagara, seminar room, floor 9 (gathering for the seminar at 14.05 at the ground floor next to the Reception in Niagara.)
Tony Joakim Sandstedt, PhD, Researcher, University of Oslo.
Abstract: The field of critical mixed race studies has grown internationally to the point of being now considered a sub-field within critical race studies. In the Nordic context this is hardly the case. While research on ethnicity, immigration, and integration abounds in the Nordic setting, few scholars have looked at the mixed racial identity as part of these entangled fields. In this talk, I want to give an account of how skin color and corporal phenotypical appearance comes into play in various everyday setting in the lives of people of mixed racial backgrounds in Norway. The talk will try to make the case that individuals of mixed racial decent in Norway navigate contextually their ethno-racial backgrounds depending on the context they find themselves in. Furthermore, the talk wants to illustrate that while notions such as religion and culture are common tropes of analysis in the Nordic literature on identity, less attention has currently been given to the function of the colored body in theorizing identity. In an effort to look at how mixed racial individuals identify as both Norwegian and Other, the talk wants to draw attention to how racialization is a fluid and contextual process which never the less both foreclose and enable certain ways of identifying based on the racialized body of the mixed racial individual.
Short bio: Tony Sandset is currently a researcher at the University of Oslo, Institute for Interdisciplinary Health Research. His work focuses on the intersections of HIV prevention and its social entanglements. His work is at the intersection of global health, medical anthropology and political philosophy. Areas within HIV prevention of particular interest is the biomedicalization of sexuality, the neoliberalization of responsibility in health, and racial and sexual disparities in health. Of specific interest, is the intersections between health disparities and racialized minorities, sexual identity and gender. His work currently looks at the ways in which the global effort to end AIDS within 2030 produces paradoxes and unintended consequences which often affected marginalized communities. Other research areas are critical mixed race studies and the formation of racialized communities and identities.