Postethnic Activism in the Neo-Liberal Era: Antiracist Feminist and Queer of Colour Mobilizations in the Nordic Region
This presentation examines postethnic activism in which people mobilize on basis of their racialized minority position in the society rather than on ethnic group membership. Based on interview, observation and media data gathered in Sweden, Denmark and Finland, the presentation explores the new forms of organizing that antiracist feminists and queer of colour activists have developed in these countries. Several newly established networks and social media platforms have mobilized especially young people, who are born and raised in the Nordic countries but not accepted as part of the national (white) community. Young feminists and queer of colour activists have established platforms developed ‘by us for us’, often using separatist strategies in relation to gender, sexuality and/or race/ethnicity. But several of them also write in mainstream media, creating new public spaces as journalists, columnists or commentators (often on temporary basis). This presentation discusses the variety of strategies that antiracist feminists and queer activists of colour have adopted, as well as the neoliberal, gendered and racialized power relations within which this activism navigates.