As per November 2015 Peter Hervik from CoMID is joined by Lene Myong (DPU), Postdoc Carolina Sanchez Boe and Ph.D. Fellows Mantë Vertelytë and Tess S. Skadegård Thorsen to carry out a 3-year research project entitled A Study of Experiences and Resistance to Racialization in Denmark (SERR). The project is funded by the VELUX-foundation and will examine how processes of racialization take place in different historic frameworks, specifically in the Danish/Nordic context. The research-group believes that racialization (as a medium for race-thinking or racial reasoning) is a more fruitful term than race and racism to emphasize the social and psychological processes that put people into racial categories. They will work across different sites and experiences using the idea of synchronicity between five sub-projects, where thick contextualization and collaboration is the means to accomplish their goal.
The SERR-group will disseminate its findings to, and engage in dialogue with, both academic and non-academic target groups and audiences through the project’s website, www.serr.aau.dk, starting January 2016. The website will include two subsections, “Racialization in the Nordic Regions” and “Who Radicalizes Whom?”. These sub-sections will be built up as knowledge-banks for the use of other scholars, students, policy-makers and civil society actors and will have corresponding Facebook-pages and twitter-profiles, through which we will post videos, podcasts, interviews, academic articles, lectures, book-reviews and so on, on a weekly basis. In addition to our online communication, we value face-to-face engagement with our audiences as much as we do with our subjects. Therefore we already participate actively in academic- and non-academic debates and public talks at schools, high schools and for NGOs and private organizations, whenever possible.