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Nana Osei-Kofi, Professor Emerita of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University has published a new book titled AfroSwedish Places of Belonging (Critical Insurgencies). Last year, ACES and the Diverse Europe Theme Group hosted her as a visiting scholar while she finalized the manuscript. During her visit, she delivered several lectures and seminars on topics such as the study of race in Europe and AfroSwedish digital feminism.

Description of the book

This is a work of cultural studies rooted in critical feminist thought that grapples with AfroSwedishness in relation to processes and experiences of racialization, imagination of self, and notions of belonging, agency, and kinship. Nana Osei-Kofi focuses on the function of diverse forms of critical cultural expressions, paying particular attention to their liberatory public pedagogical potential. Drawing from biographical narratives, documentary film, digital Black feminism, and queer organizing, Osei-Kofi offers insights into the embodied, affective, and experiential processes through which the formation of an emergent AfroSwedish coalitional identity is made possible. Through self-reflexive, structural, and community-based forms of exploration that resist binary oppositions, AfroSwedish Places of Belonging asks what the nomenclature of AfroSwede, AfroSwedish, and AfroSwedishness brings into being, what it makes possible, and what this means for Swedish society from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. This work brings together two identity categories that have historically been constructed as not only mutually exclusive but oppositional to detail the emergence of AfroSwedishness as a counterhegemonic and coalitional act. AfroSwedishness, Osei-Kofi argues, must be understood as a coalitional identity, one made legible through kinship-based community.

About Nana Osei-Kofi

Nana Osei-Kofi is Professor Emerita of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University. A critical feminist scholar, her current research centers on the experiences and conditions faced by people of African descent in Europe generally and Sweden specifically. As a leading scholar in the emerging field of AfroSwedish Studies, Osei-Kofi has published a wide range of articles and book chapters on the AfroSwedish condition.