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Description of research and teaching

My research interests include post/decolonial feminism, critical race and whiteness studies, politics of belonging, nationalism, welfare state, political activism and gendered violence. I recently finished the Academy Research Fellow project Postethnic Activism in the Neoliberal Era: Translocal Studies on Political Subjectivities, Alliance-Building and Social Imaginaries, funded by the Academy of Finland (2014-2019). I also lead the research projects The Stopped - Spaces, Meanings and Practices of Ethnic Profiling, funded by the Kone foundation (2015-2019), Intersectional Border Struggles and Disobedient Knowledge in Activism (2018-2022), funded by the Academy of Finland, and Border Crises in Two Languages - Mediatized Politics and Solidarity Activism in the Wake of the 2015 Asylum Migration (2019-2022), funded by the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.
 
Previously I have investigated the politics of gender, nation and race in debates on immigration and multiculturalism, with a special focus on right-wing populist rhetoric. My post doctoral research project analysed the construction of national belonging and unbelonging in Danish and Finnish public debates on gendered violence in migrant/minority families.
 
I have also participated in a research project on generational negotiations, social control and gendered sexualities, funded by the Academy of Finland (2012-2016). In a previous research project, I analysed the narratives of migrant women abused by their family members, and the discourses of multiculturalism and violence that welfare professionals and authorities (police, social workers, staff in shelters and projects) draw upon.
 
I lead The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN) at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki.
 

RESEARCH NETWORKS

I actively participate in Nordic and European research networks. I was the leader of the Nordic research network Multiculturalism, Cultural Homogeneity and Societal Security (NOS-HS, 2016-2018). I am the Finnish partner in the research networks Decolonial Critique, Knowledge Production and Social Change (NOS-HS, 2018-2019) and The Power of Narratives: Democracy and Media in Political Turmoil (NOS-HS, 2018-2019). I am a member of the Management Committee of EU COST Action Police Stops -network (2018-2022). 

I have also been the Finnish coordinator in the Nordic research network The Futures of Feminism in the Nordic Region (NOS-HS, NIKK, 2016-2017) and Research Network on Nordic Populism (Nordforsk, 2011-2015).

Fields of Science

  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • Ethnic Relations
  • Nationalism
  • Racism
  • Antiracism
  • Whiteness
  • Political Activism
  • Ethnic and Racial Profiling
  • Minority Families
  • Gendered Violence
  • Right-Wing Populism
  • Media and Migration

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2009 2019

Intra-Nordic Differences, Colonial/Racial Histories and National Narratives: Rewriting Finnish History

Keskinen, S., 2019, In : Scandinavian Studies (Provo). 91, 1-2, p. 163-181 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Keskustelu kunniaväkivallasta langettaa epäilyksen varjon kaikkien maahanmuutto­taustaisten perheiden ylle: Nuorten kokema väkivalta ei aina liity kunniakysymyksiin: Mielipide

Translated title of the contribution: Discussions of honour-related violence pose all migrant families under suspicion : Young people's experiences of violence are not always related to questions of honourKeskinen, S. & Honkatukia, P., 18 Aug 2019, In : Helsingin Sanomat. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access

Narrations of Homogeneity, Waning Welfare States, and the Politics of Solidarity

Keskinen, S. P., Skaptadottir, U. D. & Toivanen, M., 2019, Undoing Homogeneity in the Nordic Region: Migration, Difference and the Politics of Solidarity. Keskinen, S., Skaptadottir, U. D. & Toivanen, M. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 1-17 17 p. (Studies in Migration and Diaspora).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Undoing Homogeneity in the Nordic Region: Migration, Difference and the Politics of Solidarity

Keskinen, S. P. (ed.), Skaptadottir, U. D. (ed.) & Toivanen, M. (ed.), 2019, Abingdon: Routledge. 210 p. (Studies in Migration and Diaspora)

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Etninen profilointi - arka aihe vai tuttu juttu?

Translated title of the contribution: Ethnic profiling - a sensitive topic or common knowledge?Keskinen, S. P., Himanen, M., Pietarinen, K., Böök, L. & Sutinen, A., 2018, Jakautuuko Suomi?: Eriarvoisuus tutkijoiden, toimittajien ja taiteilijoiden silmin. Lähde, V. & Vehkoo, J. (eds.). Helsinki: Into kustannus, p. 57-65 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Open Access

Projects 2014 2022

CA17102: COST Action CA17102 - Police Stops

Himanen, M. & Keskinen, S.

19/09/201818/09/2022

Project: Research project

The Power of Narratives: Media and Democracy in Political Turmoil

Halfdanarson, G., Keskinen, S., Lundström, C., Loftsdottir, K. & Olafsson, J.

01/01/201831/12/2019

Project: Other project

Decolonial Critique, Knowledge Production and Social Change

Groglopo, A., Keskinen, S., Suarez-Krabbe, J. & Bang Svendsen, S. H.

01/01/201831/12/2019

Project: Other project

Activities 2009 2019

Panel discussant at the INEQ opening event

Suvi Keskinen (Speaker)
16 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Tieteiden yö

Suvi Keskinen (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)
10 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Spoken Word and Struggles Against Racism in Postethnic Activism

Suvi Keskinen (Speaker)
17 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Research in Action

Suvi Keskinen (Chair of organizing committee), Alemanji Aminkeng Atabong (Member of organizing committee), Minna Kristiina Seikkula (Member of organizing committee), Nelli Elisa Ruotsalainen (Member of organizing committee), Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin (Member of organizing committee)
3 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars