SUN 14.6. Disturbances-lecture: The sark side of Swedish folkhemmet

Why has neo-nazism has attracted Swedes? Why have extreme nationalist and xenophobic parties grown in popularity in a traditionally social-democratic country?

Kansankodin pimeämpi puoli, a book published earlier this year, shines light into the surprisingly long history of racist doctrines, discrimination and nationalist chauvinism in Sweden. Swedish Romantic nationalists influenced the mentors of european racism as early as in the 19th century. A couple of decades later Sweden became a leading country in race biology while its governmental eugenical programs that included compulsory sterilizations among other things continued to exist until the 1970s. When the social democrats started to develope the so called folkhemmet (people's home) - unity of the people and racial purity continued to play a major role.

At the last Disturbances-lecture of the spring season the author of Kansankodin pimeämpi puoli, cultural anthropologist Tapio Tamminen gives a presentation about the grim and silenced history of the “exemplary welfare state of Sweden”.

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Disturbances is an open series of lectures and discussions at the crossroads of society, philosophy, history, economy and resistance. We are already aware that we can not live as before, but we do not know what the future holds. Others are stuck in the past, but we only want to understand it. Even a small disturbance of an initial condition can lead a system into a completely different state.

Our speakers are Finnish and international anti-authoritarian researchers and activists. All the lectures can be streamed live and afterwards from A-ryhmä's channel on Bambuser  Events are organized by AutOp, a student group of the University of Helsinki. Our program is created by the participants themselves, if you want to join or simply get in contact, write .

Children are welcome by default! We have now also a separate room from 4pm to 6pm in case children get tired of lecture.

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