Videos on antiracist feminism in Finland

The video Five questions on antiracist feminism (38 min) has been produced as a collaboration between documentarist Carmen Baltzar and researcher Suvi Keskinen, PI of KNOWACT-project. The video is available for watching and sharing on Youtube in English, Swedish and Finnish.

You can watch the video in Finnish here Viisi kysymystä antirasistisesta feminismistä. The video is also available with Swedish texts.

In addition to the full-length video, there are also shorter videos introducing each of the five questions. You can watch all the videos at

The interviewed activists are: Aurora Lemma, Ajak Majok, Hai Nguyen, Victoria Odum, and Arvind Ramachandran.

Advisory Board -meeting 4.12.2020

The Advisory Board -meeting of the KNOWACT-project was organised as an online meeting due to the covid 19-situation. The Advisory Board -members were all present during the meeting and provided valuable feedback to the project members’ work. Future cooperation was also discussed and planned.

Decoloniality, Politics and Social Change -workshop 11.-12.10.2019

The KNOWACT-project participated in the organising of the Nordic decolonial network (DENOR) workshop at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki.

Programme and more information

RESEARCH IN ACTION: Using participatory and creative methods in research -seminar

Date: Monday 3.6.2019

Time: 10:00-16:00

Place: Festsalen, ground floor, Swedish School of Social Science, Snellmaninkatu 12, Helsinki

Research designs and methods that involve close cooperation with research participants increasingly interest researchers in social sciences and humanities. Many researchers also seek to develop creative forms of knowledge production and use arts-based methods in their studies. The aim of this seminar is to reflect on and discuss experiences of doing participatory, arts-based and action oriented research. What does participation mean in different research projects and what are the methodological choices involved in doing participatory research? How should different positionalities and power relations be taken into account? How can creative methods and arts enable collaborative knowledge production and what are the challenges of such research? How can research contribute to social change?


10:00-10:15 Welcoming words

10:15-11:15 Annalisa Frisina (University of Padova): Photovoice and digital storytelling for researching (and challenging) everyday racism

11:15-12:15 Umut Erel (The Open University): Participatory arts-based methods for researching migration: Opportunities and challenges

12:15-13:15 Lunch break

13:15-14:15 René León Rosales (Multicultural Centre): Participatory action research in segregating and racializing urban landscapes in Sweden: Some reflections on methodological dilemmas

14:15-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-15:45 Panel discussion on collaboration, positionalities and knowledge: Umut Erel, Annalisa Frisina, René León Rosales, Leonardo Custódio (University of Tampere) and Wisam Elfadl (Cultural Centre Caisa)

15:45-16:00 Closing words

Please register for the seminar latest 28.5. at


Annalisa Frisina: Photovoice and digital storytelling for researching (and challenging) everyday racism

This talk starts from reflecting how Post/de-colonial sociology, Critical Race Theory and Visual Studies can offer a good theoretical framework for researching everyday racism with young people. Participatory visual methods such as photovoice and digital storytelling can be used to open a transformative safe space for racialized young people, who can express their “right to look” (Mirzoeff 2011). This methodological proposal is based on a participatory visual research with young people (with and without a migrant background) from the North East of Italy. They were invited to take pictures on three themes: “Self-portraits of a new generation”; “People/places in the city I live in that make me feel (in)secure”; “Feeling a citizen, feeling a foreigner”. This talk will argue the relevance of focus group with photo-elicitation for discussing/unlearning everyday racism with young people who often are socialized to “white innocence” (Wekker 2016) in Europe.


Dr. Annalisa Frisina is Associate Professor in Sociology at FISPPA Department, University of Padua in Italy. She has extensive research experience in youth studies, migration studies, religious studies, with a special expertise on visual and collaborative/participatory research methods. She is co-founder of InteRGRace (Interdisciplinary Group on Race and Racisms) and SLAN.G. (research group on Social Control, Labour, Racism and Migration). She is committed to researching/contrasting different forms of racisms (mainly islamophobia, anti-black racism and antiziganism) through cultural work with young people.

Umut Erel: Participatory arts-based methods for researching migration: Opportunities and challenges

This talk will reflect on opportunities, challenges and how we can create conditions for co-producing knowledge with migrant support and advocacy organisations and groups of migrants. It is based on work with the Participatory Arts and Social Action Research project, which explored the experiences of place-making, belonging and enactments of citizenship of migrant families in London. It looked at intergenerational knowledge, experiences and challenges to racist and sexist policy such as the No Recourse to Public Funds Policy and how these methods may enable participants to articulate collective knowledges with practitioners and policy makers. The talk will look in particular at participatory theatre and walking methods as ways of engaging with research participants.


Dr. Umut Erel is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the Open University, UK. She has widely published on the intersections of migration, ethnicity, citizenship, racism, gender, and class. Her methodological interests are in creative and participatory methods for research and engagement. She was PI of Participatory Arts and Social Action in Research, exploring theatre and walking methods for research

Dr. Erel also led the Open University’s contribution to the ‘Who are We?’ Project at Tate Exchange, reflecting on migration, citizenship, participation and belonging across arts, activism and academia

For recent publications, see

René León Rosales: Participatory action research in segregating and racializing urban landscapes in Sweden: Some reflections on methodological dilemmas

This presentation will reflect on the methodological and ethical dilemmas encountered in participatory action research projects addressing issues connected tor racism and segregation in the Swedish society. Rosales will reflect on how these experiences and insights can be understood in a discussion about the role of researchers who are working with these issues.


René León Rosales is Head of Research at the Mångkulturellt centrum [Multicultural Center] in Botkyrka, Stockholm ( His dissertation, “On the hither side of the future” (2010), is a study of the effects that economic and ethnic segregation, politics and masculine ideals have on boys’ identification processes in a multi-ethnic school in the northern part of Botkyrka. Since then, he has studied how municipalities can improve their work against discrimination. He is currently working with two research projects financed by the Swedish research council. The first project is called “The suburbs and the renaissance of the education of the people. An investigation of the rise and politicization of an urban justice movement in vulnerable racialized neighborhoods in major Swedish cities”. The second one is called “Methodological laboratories” and is an investigation of the methodological and ethical difficulties that arise in connection to the gathering of so-called equality data regarding ethnic/racial categories.

The seminar is organised by the projects Intersectional Border Struggles and Disobedient Knowledge in Activism (KNOWACT) and Postethnic Activism in the Neoliberal Era, funded by the Academy of Finland, and The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki.


Leonardo Custódio

Leonardo Custódio is a Brazilian Ph.D. in Social Sciences (University of Tampere, Finland). He is currently a post doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Tampere. He is interested in interdisciplinary approaches to social movements, anti-racism activism, media activism and activist research. He has published for example the book “Favela Media Activism: Counterpublics for Human Rights in Brazil”.


Wisam Elfadl 

Wisam Elfadl is project coordinator at the Cultural Centre Caisa.