Creating Europe through Racialized Mobilities (CERM) is an umbrella project for different case studies and publications relating to research on racialized (im)mobilities in Europe.

As a contested site of imagination, Europe is fraught with internal differentiation and hierarchies. Some parts of Europe are perceived as inhabited by more proper European subjects, while others are perceived as ‘less developed’ or ‘failed.’ Still others are excluded from the space of Europe.

Recognizing (Im)mobilities as strongly differentiated on lines of class, race, and gender, this platform draws on interdisciplinary perspectives from anthropology, decolonial and postcolonial theories. The research theoretical orientation can be simplified into two interlinked themes: The racialization of mobility within and across Europe, and mobility and Europe from the margins.


The project is led by Dr. Kristín Loftsdóttir, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Iceland, and funded by the Icelandic Research Fund (grant no. 207062-051) and University of Iceland Research Fund.

The key research questions are:

  1. How do racialization, gender, and class intersect in the life of mobile subjects in and across Europe? What do interlinked mobilities say about the creation of particular Europeans as racialized subjects?
  2. How does mobility at Europe’s margins work toward generating understandings of ‘Europe’? How can mobilities at Europe’s margins can be used to explore the idea of Europe as created through discourses about external and internal others?

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Racism – in a nutshell

Kynþáttafordómar - í stuttu máli (e. Racism - in a nutshell), by Kristín Loftsdóttir, has been published in 2021 by Háskólaútgáfan. Not long ago, many in Europe and the United States argued that racism was a thing of the past. Political upheavals and the rise of populist [...]

Mobility and Transnational Iceland

Mobility and Transnational Iceland: Current Transformations and Global Entanglements edited by Kristín Loftsdóttir, Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir and Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson, has been published by University of Iceland Press. Iceland has increasingly been tangled in a dense network of various mobilities, leading to the growing transnational character of [...]

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