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Marta Kolankiewicz

I am a researcher and a lecturer at the Department of Gender Studies. I am also Programme Director for the Social Studies of Gender Master Programme at the Graduate School. Since the beginning of 2018, I am also affiliated to the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies.

My main areas of interest include social justice and law, sociology of race and racism, feminist theories and postcolonial theories. I teach classes in theory (in particular feminist and post-colonial theories and theories of racism, nationalism and migration) and in methods (especially with focus on qualitative methods, and on document and textual analysis).   

Currently, I am working together with Maja Sager on the project The court as an emerging arena for struggles against and about racism (2017-2020) that is funded by the Swedish Research Council within their special call for research on racism. The project intends to explore courts as an emerging arena where political and social contestations over racism take place in Sweden. This is done through an in-depth analysis of several cases in which political struggles against and about racism have moved into courts. The purpose of the project is to understand what kind of space courts provide for protection from and debate about racism, and how different forms of activism involving anti-racism, but also racism, are mobilised.

In my previous research, I have explored historical articulations of racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia and xenophobia, mainly in Sweden, Poland and Brazil. I have also worked with the issues of social justice, law and transitional justice.

My PhD thesis, entitled Anti-Muslim Violence and the Possibility of Justice, is concerned with the ways in which justice is dispensed in Swedish courts in cases concerning anti-Muslim violence. Based on material on Islamophobic hate crimes as classified the Swedish National Board for Crime Prevention, the judicial treatment of cases that may involve racism is analysed. The aim is to explore how different laws against racism in the Swedish legal system, most importantly the penalty enhancement provision for crimes motivated by racism, work in practice. A book based on the thesis will soon be published by Routledge under the title Anti-Muslim Racism on Trial.


Marta Kolankiewicz
E-post: marta [dot] kolankiewicz [at] genus [dot] lu [dot] se


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