Leeds Migration Reseach Network


Cfp: (Re)producing Insecurities: University of Sheffield, Friday 29 September 2017

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The recent EU referendum campaign and resultant vote for the UK to leave the EU is creating new insecurities for EU citizens within and prospective migrants to the UK. At the same time, the European refugee ‘crisis’ was mobilised as a source of fear, insecurity and threat to the UK electorate by the Leave side in the referendum campaign. A collision of fears around intra EU mobility and refugee crisis was manufactured as a central feature of the Brexit vote. Central to such mobilisations are of course the reproduction of older legacies of inequality, precarity as well as white privilege, racism and colonial constructions of self and other. This workshop aims to address this duality within the new politics of insecurity in Europe: the (re)production of new forms of insecurity for migrants and their families, and the mobilisation of migration as an insecurity for resident populations. Here (re)production draws attention to the intimate connectivities of multiple ‘crises’ and the material, intimate, embodied sites and processes through which ‘new’ insecurities are (re)produced.

We particularly invite papers which connect fear of migrants with migrants’ fears.  We also encourage consideration of the multiple scales and temporalities through which insecurity is felt, understood, managed, manipulated and ultimately (re)produced: through intimate relationships, within and outside ‘family’ groupings, across and within forms of affiliation, wider social institutions and trans/national polities. Papers are welcomed addressing (but not limited to) the following questions:

  • How are connections between the consequences of the Brexit vote and the migrant ‘crisis’ reproducing (in)securities?
  • How are migration insecurities mobilised politically across Europe?
  • What evidence, if any, exists that migration contributes to rising economic and social insecurities of citizens in receiving societies in terms of e.g. labour markets, housing and welfare?
  • How might experiences of precarity across groups posited as ‘us’ or ‘them’ be connected?
  • How are insecurities processed, mediated or challenged through intimate relations?
  • How do precarious migrants and their families plan future lives amid ‘crisis’?
  • What practices of in/visibility are employed in the micro-politics of everyday encounters by EU nationals in response to fears?
  • What research methods and approaches capture crisis, emotion, intention and temporality of (re)producing insecurities?
  • How do we move forward as a society from these insecurities?

We invite paper proposals (abstracts of 200 words) addressing these and related questions from a theoretical, empirical, activist and/or normative perspective.

The workshop is particularly interested in papers that examine the social, political and ethical dynamics of (re)producing insecurities for (and about) mobile subjects within the contemporary ‘crisis’.

Please send abstracts to Hannah Lewis (h.j.lewis@sheffield.ac.uk) by  1 August 2017.

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Sadler Series Seminar – Refugees, Austerity and Class Racism

Sadler Series Seminar

Refugees, Austerity and Class Racism

gholamSpeaker: Dr Gholam Khiabany


Date: 30th November 2016 Location-Leeds Humanities Research Institute

In recent times sections of British press and political establishment have described refugees with reference to ‘toxic waste, human flotsam, an unstoppable flood and a terrorist threat’. Refugees are invariably accused of “seeking a better life, wanting to come to Britain because Britain has got jobs, it’s got a growing economy, it’s an incredible place to live” (David Cameron); as well as posing a threat to the EU’s standard of living and social structure (Phillip Hammond). During the EU Referendum the dominant media narrative revolved around a nation under siege by large number of illegal and legal immigrants who receive preferential treatment, strain social services, are the cause of unemployment and poverty, and threaten the very fabric of society. Examining some of the examples in which the economic crisis are blamed on migrations and ‘marauding’ refugees, it will be shown that the official response to and coverage of the refugee crisis attempts to a) advance the discourse of austerity as immigration reform; b) use the perceive threats of refugees from developing countries to introduce measures and policies (structural adjustment) that have been imposed on developing nations through IMF and World Bank; c) redefine anti-immigration in a post-racist disguise by introducing anti-immigration and militarisation of borders as austerity policy; d) displace the markers of ‘insecurity’ from the 99% as a whole on to ‘foreigners’ and refugees. It is through this narrative of anti-immigration justified on the basis of austerity that nationalism which is articulated in opposition to class struggle becomes the vehicle through which the concern of ‘native workers’ are articulated.

Gholam Khiabany teaches in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is the author of Iranian Media: The Paradox of Modernity and co-author of Blogistan, with Annabelle Sreberny. He is an editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, and is a member of council of management of the Institute of Race Relations.

For more information visit:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/20045/leeds_humanities_research_institute/2844/whowhat_ is_a_goodbad_migrant

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The Frontline of the Migration Crisis


The Frontline of the Migration Crisis

Experiences of Syrian Refugees and Community Support in Turkey and Leeds


Yasemin Somuncu Refugee Commission, ‘All Children are Ours’ Association, Turkey

Sawsan Zaza Syrian community in Leeds

22nd November 2016, Tuesday 16.30-18.30
Michael Sadler Building rom SR (LG.19)

30 November (Wednesday, Leeds Humanities Research Institute, Sem Rm 1, 2-4pm)
Invited Speaker / LMRN Sadler Series:
GHOLAM KHIABANY (Goldsmiths College, London) “Refugees, austerity and class racism”

Photo credit www.anahaberim.com

An event organised by Leeds Migration Research Network in collaboration with Leeds Social Science Institute, School of Sociology and Social Policy and CERIC Business School, University of Leeds




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Launch Event LeedsMRN

Brigete Jones MRN LaunchLaunch Event: Thursday June 9th 4.00-5.30pm, followed by drinks reception

Leeds University Business School, Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre

Speaker: Professor Bridget Anderson, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford

Title: Parasites and Beasts of Burden: Rethinking the Politics of Migration

Abstract: The situation at the borders of Europe has seen those seeking to enter depicted either as slaves or as animals while Europeans are increasingly described as ‘natives’. That is, while historically the ‘native’ was often imagined as a sub-species of human being directly in contrast with the European, being native has more recently become associated with a claim to rights to belong in contrast to the non-European ‘space invaders’. This paper will discuss the distinction between the (modern day) slave, the (contemporary) native and the animal, beginning from the observation that the kinds of animals that ‘migrants’ are likened to – cockroaches, rats, parasites etc – are not livestock, that is, they are not productive. In this they are unlike ‘beasts of burden’ and livestock that slaves were compared to in the past. Furthermore, not only do these animals lack the capacity to reason, but they lack the capacity to feel and to elicit feeling. I will consider what this reveals about the contemporary politics of immigration in Europe and the survivalist responses to threats to lifestyles.

Bio: Bridget Anderson is Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Research Director at COMPAS. She has a DPhil in Sociology and previous training in Philosophy and Modern Languages. She is the author of Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Doing the Dirty Work? The Global Politics of Domestic Labour (Zed Books, 2000). She co-edited Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policywith Martin Ruhs (Oxford University Press, 2010 and 2012) The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation with Matthew Gibney and Emanuela Paoletti (Springer, 2013), and Migration and Care Labour: Theory, Policy and Politics with Isabel Shutes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

Bridget has explored the tension between labour market flexibilities and citizenship rights, and pioneered an understanding of the functions of immigration in key labour market sectors. Her interest in labour demand has meant an engagement with debates about trafficking and modern day slavery, which in turn led to an interest in state enforcement and deportation, and in the ways immigration controls increasingly impact on citizens as well as on migrants. Bridget has worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level.

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