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).


Is Tunisia an exception within The “Arab Spring”?

Welcome to CEREN Research Seminar with Frej Stambouli who will talk about Is Tunisia an exception within The “Arab Spring”? Wolfgang Mühlberger, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, will act as a commentator. The seminar will be hosted by CEREN's Director Tuomas Martikainen.

Tuesday, 27th January 2015, at 14:15
Venue: Soc&kom, room 209
Snellmaninkatu 12 (entrance from Yrjö-Koskisen katu)

Frej Stambouli is Emeritus Professor in Sociology from the Tunis University (1964-2001). He has been a Visiting professor at UCLA, Los Angeles (1986 and 1987) and at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1991 and 1992). His main fi eld of research and publications are Migration, Urbanization and Social Change. His research in progress deals with the Assertive Return of Islam in North Africa.


Media and minority languages

Edorta Arana, University of Basque Country gave an interesting and thought provocing presentation at the CEREN Research Seminar in December. His topic was “Media and the challenge of increasing not only the knowledge but the usage of the Basque Language”.

» Read an articel of Arana's presentation (in Swedish)

» Poster for the seminar  


Changing Finland - Are We All Included

 What do you get when you have a fully booked festivity hall of more than one hundred guests, add two opposing keynote speakers and four panelists from various public entities and let them discuss diversity in Finland? The seminar Changing Finland – Are we all included? provided interesting points of view and at times a fairly heated debate.

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