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).


Young Muslims Growing up in Scandinavia and the West

The two day seminar, 7th - 8th May, brings together scholars from all over Europe to discuss young Muslims in Europe. The seminar covers themes from religion, radicalisation, and media to faith and fashion. On Thursday afternoon there will also be a panel discussion with the topic Dreams, Hopes & Hurdles: Young Muslim's Aspiration for a Good Life. The panel discussion is organised together with the Doctoral Programme in Theology, at the University of Helsinki.

The registration is now open. » Read more here.


CEREN Research Seminar with Niko Pyrhönen on April 21st

Niko Pyrhönen will talk about The Consolidation of a Neo-Populist Collective Identity in Mediatized Contestations of “Immigration Critique”. During his presentation Pyrhönen will reflect upon the result of the the parliamentary elections held on April 19th.  Charlotta Collén from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will act as a commentator.

The seminar is held in the Festivity Hall of the Swedish School of Social Science and it is open for all interested.


Is Tunisia an exception within the “Arab Spring”?

Frej Stambouli and Wolfgang Mühlberger was invited to the CEREN Research Seminar on the 27th January to talk about the so called Jasmin revolution in Tunisia and the progress of democracy in the country.

Read more about the well attended seminar (in Swedish).

» Seminar poster  


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.

» Read full article 



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