CEREN Research
       Snellmaninkatu 12 (P.O. Box 16)
       00014 University of Helsinki
       Telephone +358 2941 28470



The Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations and Nationalism, CEREN, was established in 1998 at the Swedish School of Social Science (Soc&kom) at the University of Helsinki.

The research at CEREN covers a broad range of topics related to the fields of migration and ethnic relations. Ongoing research at CEREN include issues such as immigration and migrant integration, minority languages and human and indigenous rights, nationalism and identity, media and public debate, and questions concerning Islam, labour market and health.

CEREN organizes regularly seminars and events on current topics within the field of migration and ethnic relations. The research at CEREN tries to contribute to the public debate and CEREN researchers participate actively in both national and international networks. CEREN also Coordinates the Master’s Degree Programme in Ethnic Relations (ERI).


CEREN Research Seminar and ERI Kick-Off

8th October 2014 at 14:15-16
Robert Fine from the University of Warwick will give a presentation on Antisemitism and cosmopolitan social theory. The seminar will be held at the Swedish School of Social Science in room 210, Snellmaninkatu 12. The seminar will be followed by a reception. Read more here.

ETMU Days 2014

CEREN is organizing the 11th international ETMU Days Conference In/Equalities in Diverse Societies. Identifying problems, remedies and alternatives together with the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki and The Society for the Study of Ethnic Relations and International Migration (ETMU). The ETMU days 2014 takes place at the main building of the University of Helsinki, October 23-24 and it explores the causes and consequences of increasing inequalities from a social scientific and humanities perspective. The conference will seek to ways to promote equality in diverse societies. Read more >>

Changing Finland - Are We All Included

18th November 2014 at 13.00 – 17.00
This seminar brings together academics, politicians, third sector and media representatives to dissect the debate on diversity in Finland.

Associate Professor Mehmet Ümit Necef, University of Southern Denmark, will hold the first keynote speech about Racism or legitimate worries of ordinary people. How can we differentiate between them? The other keynote speech will be held by D.Soc.Sc Camilla Haavisto, University of Helsinki, with the topic Why is it so easy to promote diversity but difficult to oppose racism? The keynote speeches will be followed by a panel discussion on  Perspectives on Inclusion in Finnish Society. Members of the panel are Anne Alitolppa-Niitamo, Senior specialist, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Juho Eerola, MP The Finns Party, Alexis Kouros, Editor-in-chief of Helsinki Times and Jarmila Rajas, D.Soc.Sc University of Loughborough. There will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions.  

The seminar is jointly organized by CEREN and Network of Multicultural Associations (Moniheli ry) and it is open for all interested. The venue is the Swedish School of Social Science, Festivity Hall, Snellmaninkatu 12 (Entrance from Yrjö-Koskisen katu). Please register by 7th November 2014 here. Share your questions and comments in advance when registering to the event. If you have any questions, please contact


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