The Multicultural Centre is a municipal foundation that is engaged in research, education and cultural activities. The ambitions and goals of the center is to study and promote a society where diversity is reflected in Swedens national self-image and where migration is a natural part of the Swedish cultural heritage.
We welcome visitors to our exhibitions, special library, cultural educational workshop for children and café and restaurant called Tavernan. The Multicultural Centre also has a publishing house.
Our research profile is multidisciplinary with an emphasis on an ethnographic approach. Our aim is to be a forum and a meeting place for research and artistic expressions focusing on migration as well as on social and cultural diversities of various kinds.
We develop and disseminate knowledge about social and cultural factors that facilitate the creation of a sustainable society.
The Multicultural Centre’s exhibitions offer a forum that enables people from different backgrounds and to meet, exchange ideas in open and inclusive climate. We use various forms of artistic expressions, weather its within art, culture or science; the goal is to enable our visitors to touch on topics in our daily life from different aspects.
Our programs and activities are held in partnership with other, for example associations, networks and NGOs. Our open programs and events are usually on Thursday evenings or Sundays.
Exhibitions at the Multicultural Centre aims to explore the different realities in Sweden and the Swedish self-image and identity.
Multicultural Centre through a historical glance
The Multicultural Centre is a foundation located in and owned by the municipality of Botkyrka (located in the southern part of Stockholm County) which was founded in 1987. The decision was based on a cultural and historical commitment and conviction that contemporary immigration to Sweden is equally as important as the historical emigration from Sweden. The desire is to actively promote a favorable social climate and to increase the knowledge about the new conditions for Swedish society and Swedish institutions that follow in the wake of migration and globalization in the form of research, documentation and exhibits and archives. Botkyrka can in this regard be compared to a seismograph which detects changes in a society that subsequently becomes relevant later on on a national level. The issue of cultural diversity, which in the 1980s was relatively centered to Botkyrka and other metropolitan areas, is today issues relating to the whole of Sweden.
The Multicultural Centres basic subsidies come from the municipality of Botkyrka, the Stockholm County Council (Culture and Education) and the Swedish Arts Council. Our own revenues come from education and research, property rentals for conferences, our museum shop, our café and restaurant operations and our publishing house. In addition there is an educational and research unit and there are collaborative projects with for example Botkyrkabyggen, “Områdesgruppen” in Fittja, the Nordic Museum, the Historical Museum and Södertörn University.
More about Multicultural Centre
Multicultural Centre is a multidisciplinary research environment. The research builds on issues related to international migration, ethnic and transnational relations and intercultural issues. The profile is multidisciplinary and both qualitative and quantitative methods are used. Studies are conducted in three areas of research: the critical heritage studies, urban living conditions and race, discrimination and Swedishness.
Education & Training
Multicultural Centre (MKC) has a varied range when it comes to different types of training and skills development. We offer everything from individual lectures and workshops to further tailored efforts within organizations, authorities, companies or schools.
Multicultural Centre has established a practical, experiential research environment that enables strong connections with a variety of professional groups and organizations on an international level.
In the last few years the Multicultural Centre has been able to broaden its commitment and engagement for international cooperation through several EU funded projects. Among these projects are Together (financed by URBACT) and REALISE. Multicultural Centre has also taken part in the UNESCO-funded project ECAR and is a member of European Network against Racism (ENAR).
Our researchers often work closely to people and activities in the field. Our goal is to provide new angles and perspectives, and provide data for nuanced discussions, which we for example do by providing training and skills development for organizations, government agencies and civil society.
We run our own research projects and collaborate with other research institutions. Some of our business consists of commissioned research, in the form of publicly funded investigation, training and assessment missions and studies of diversity in organizations. During the period 2014-2016, we also run the research network for Swedish critical race and whiteness studies.
Multicultural Centre and Södertörn University has entered into a long-term cooperation agreement. The purpose of the agreement is to mutually collaborate on knowledge building and dissemination of knowledge with a focus on the role of migration role in cultural heritage, social and cultural sustainability and urban development.
Our research is distributed as publications through our own publishing house or published on our website. The research is often the basis for our exhibitions. Within the framework of the research, we offer open lectures, seminars and conferences.
At MKC, we work with many different fields of knowledge. From diversity, cultural heritage and area development to critical race and whiteness issues, racism and intercultural processes.
In our training, we like to combine theoretical perspectives with interactive methods. The goal is to create knowledge processes that combine research, theory and practice so that the learning process becomes critical, reflexive and enjoyable.
Our courses can be held in our own premises, where we do lectures, workshops or research talks. Depending on the desired arrangement we are happy to come to your office /venue and provide the education/training sessions.
REALISE – Making the most of our human capital by 2020
An EU project 2011-13 with partners from 8 cities and NGOs (e.g. women’s organizations); Ghent, Belgium (lead partner), London, England, Seville and Bilbao in Spain, Cesena in Italy, Budapest, Hungary, Heraklion in Greece and Botkyrka in Sweden. The aim was to highlight, and find solutions to, the problem that highly educated non-European immigrants to a greater extent than others are working in jobs they are overqualified for or are unemployed. The project mapped the local situation of this target group of the respective partner and then tried to identify various initiatives, activities and strategies that can improve the situation. It requires an increased awareness and change of practices of a number of players to take advantage of highly educated immigrants’ skills and thus achieve the EU’s objective in 2020.
Contact at the center: Mikael Morberg
Together – for territories of coresponsibility
Botkyrka municipality was in 2009-2012 included in the network Together within URBACT where European cities exchange knowledge about urban development and sustainability issues. The name Together refers to a method based on all participants’ co-responsibility. The work was based on a method guide from the Council of Europe to understand, measure and develop social cohesion. Based on the method, indicators of a well-being were developed in order to then be able to assess various efforts to achieve this. In Botkyrka, work focused on Alby and the part of the development program that focused on trying new ways of working. In Alby we chose to focus specifically on issues of security and social economy. The project included eight cities from eight countries: Braine l’Alleud in Belgium, Mulhouse in France (the network’s lead partner), Kavala in Greece, Pergine Vasugana in Italy, Salaspils in Latvia, Debica in Poland, Covilha in Portugal and Botkyrka in Stockholm, Sweden. The network has also received special the support and participation of the Council of Europe.
ECAR – European Cities Against Racism is a collaboration between five cities, cities that are also active in the UNESCO-funded coalition ECCAR (European Coalition of Cities against Racism). The project is funded by the European Commission and the aim is to work with Botkyrka exploring the development of the municipal anti-discrimination work through the research circles method.
The initiator and principal for the project is Berlin Anti-Discrimination Office. Other partners come from Berlin in Germany, Graz in Austria, Madrid in Spain, Växjö and Botkyrka in Sweden.
Contact at the center: Anna Tulin Brett
Reports and academic articles
Multicultural Centre released the report ”Afrophobia. A research review of the situation of Afro-Swedes in contemporary Sweden” on the 3rd of February 2014. The report was a systematic review of the current situation on afrophobia experienced by Swed ...[Läs mer]
White Working Class Communities in Stockholm explores the experiences and concerns of majority Swedes in Greater Stockholm, more specifically in the municipality of Southern Botkyrka. Botkyrka is the fifth-largest municipality in Greater Stockholm, w ...[Läs mer]