Past Events


MIGRATION, RACISM AND THE ‘HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT: The contribution of British social scientists

Conference organized by SSAHE (Social Scientists Against the ‘Hostile Environment’)

Birkbeck College 2-3 April 2020

AcSS (Academy of Social Sciences) special interest group on Migration, Refugees and Settlement is pleased to announce the launch conference of its report:

The conference will take place in Birkbeck on the 2nd and 3rd April 2020.

Among the speakers (in alphabetical order) are:

Floya Anthias; Madeleine Arnot; Stephen Ashe; Paige Ballmi; Penny Bernstock; Alice Bloch; Avtar Brah; Zrinka Bralo; Giorgia Dona; Umut Erel; Liz Fekete; Don Flynn; Ben Gidley; Rachel Humphris; Omar Khan; Eleonore Kofman; Sue Lukes; Kim MacIntosh; Laurie Mompelat; Aurlien Mondon; Karim Murji; Nando Sigona; Corinne Squire; Wilf Sullivan; Tashi Tahir; Georgie Wemyss; Aaron Winter; Nira Yuval-Davis.

Entrance is free but space is limited so please register to be sure of a place!

The report has been sponsored by the British Sociological Association; BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group; BSA Migration and Diaspora Group; BSA Sociology of Rights Group; CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, UEL); IRIS (Institute for Research on Superdiversity, UoB; Migrants Organize; Migrants’ Rights Network; People’s Permanent Tribunal; Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area, the Open University and ROTA (Race on the Agenda)

Provisional programme

Thursday, 2nd April 2020 – Introductory Plenary panel 5-7pm :Chair: Corinne Squire; speakers: Nira Yuval-Davis, Don Flynn, Floya Anthias.

Friday, 3rd April 2020 –Morning plenary 9-10.30: Global context: Chair: Avtar Brah; Speakers: Giorgia Dona, Alice Bloch, Liz Fekete

Morning parallel panels 11-12.30:

The family: Chair: Rachel Humphries; Speakers: Eleonore Kofman, Umut Erel, Paige Ballmi

Employment: Chair: Floya Anthias; Speakers: Georgie Wemyss, Stephen Ashe, Wilf Sullivan

Lunch Break 12.30-1.30

Afternoon parallel sessions I 1.30-3.00:

Education: Chair: Giorgia Dona; Speakers: Corinne Squire, Dami Makinde, Madelaine Arnot

Housing: Chair: Ben Gidley; Speakers: Sue Lukes, Penny Bernstock, Laurie Mompelat

Afternoon parallel panels II 3.30-5.00:

Extreme Right movements: Chair: Liz Fekete; Speakers: Aaron Winter, Aurlien Mondon, Jasbinder Nijjar

Anti-racist movements: Chair: Stephen Ashe; Speakers: Rachel Humphries, Ben Gidley, Pragna Patel

Concluding plenary 5.30-7.00: Chair: Nira Yuval-Davis; Speakers: Avtar Brah, Zrinka Bralo, Nando Sigona,

Speakers’ biographical notes:

Floya Anthias was born in Cyprus and migrated as a small child to Britain with her parents and is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Justice at the University of Roehampton. She has worked extensively on race and migration as well as other forms of social division and inequality. Her academic writings have explored the intersections of social divisions and identities, different forms of stratification, social hierarchy and inequality, and how inequalities and belongings interconnect. This has included a focus on racism, diaspora and hybridity, multiculturalism, gender and migration, labour market disadvantages and class position and she has developed a ‘translocational’ approach for analysing the complexities of social boundaries and hierarchies. Floya’s recent books (since 2014) include Paradoxes of Integration: Female Migrants in Europe, Springer, Contesting Integration, Engendering Migration, Palgrave, and Work and the Challenges of Belonging, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Her most recent book is coming out in Spring 2020: Translocational Belongings: Intersectional Dilemmas (Routledge).

Madeleine Arnot is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Education and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement and the Cambridge Emergency and Displacement Group at Cambridge University. She has advised a range of migration-related projects on inclusive education for the Children’s Rights Alliance in Ireland, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a Norwegian project on Language, Integration and Media. She recently chaired the Academic Advisory Board for the major UNICEF initiative A Learning Passport which addresses the learning crisis affecting displaced and refugee youth globally and contributed to the Bell Foundation funded project on Language Development and Social Integration of Students with English as an Additional Language (Evans et al., Cambridge University Press 2020). In 2010, she co-authored with Halleli Pinson (Ben Gurion University) the award-winning book Education, Asylum and the ‘Non-Citizen’ Child: the politics of compassion and belonging (Palgrave); they are currently writing a book on Schooling and the Global Challenge of Child Migration: a sociological perspective.

Stephen Ashe is a Researcher at the University of Manchester, where he leads a programme of research on workplace racism. Stephen is also currently conducting research on various aspects of institutional whiteness and racial inequality in higher education. This work includes being part of a team commissioned by the British Sociological Association to explore the place of race and ethnicity in the sociology curricula in British universities. Stephen’s recent publications include Racism Ruins Lives: An Analysis of the 2016-2017 Trade Union Congress Racism at Work Survey (co-authored with Magda Borkowska and James Nazroo) and Reframing the ‘Left Behind’: Race and Class in Post-Brexit Oldham (co-authored with James Rhodes and Sivamohan Valluvan). He is also co-editor of Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method and Practice which will be published by Routledge in the spring of 2020.

Paige Bailmy is the Campaign and Membership Manager for Reunite Families UK, a voluntary role, which is a group that advocates for the rights of cross border families in the UK. In 2017 as a result of mishandling and poor decision making, Paige’s Albanian husbands visa was refused and were separated for 1 year, which had devastating impacts that continue to affect their day to day lives as a couple. Since experiencing this visa nightmare Paige has become very active in the field of migrant’s family rights, she has been involved with & written various articles, taken part in panels and webinars on the issues. Outside of campaigning work, Paige is the Head of Community news with 4 local London newspapers

Penny Bernstock is Head of Education and Society at the University of West London. She was previously Head of Sociology and Social Policy and Reader in Urban Regeneration at the University of East London where she directed the Centre for East London Studies. She has published extensively on affordable housing, planning, urban regeneration, gentrification and displacement and is one of the UK’s leading commentators on the legacy of London 2012. She is committed to actively engaging with local communities and is co-chair of TELCO (The East London Communities Organisation – a branch of Citizens UK) Olympic Legacy Committee and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institute of Community Studies at the Young Foundation.

Alice Bloch joined the Sociology Department at the University of Manchester as Professor of Sociology in 2013 and is currently head of department. Prior to this she has worked at City University, Goldsmiths College and the University of East London. She has carried out a number of research projects focussing on the experiences of people with refugee status, those seeking asylum and people who are living as undocumented migrants. Alice’s current research, Descendants of Holocaust survivors and the concentration camp tattoo, is funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme small grants scheme. The research focuses on memory, private and public memorialization and inter-generational story telling. The project builds on an earlier collaborative research, Children of Refugees in Europe, with Professor Milena Chimienti (HES-SO Geneva) and Professor Catherine Withol de Wenden (Sciences Po Paris) funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies. Authored books include: Living on the Margins: Undocumented migrants in a global city, 2016, Bristol: Policy Press (with Sonia McKay), Sans Papiers: The social and economic lives of young undocumented migrants in the UK, London: Pluto, 2014 (with Nando Sigona and Roger Zetter) and Race, Multiculture and Social Policy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 (with Sarah Neal and John Solomos). She has recently co-edited a book with Giorgia Donà, published by Routledge in 2019, Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates.

Avtar Brah is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London. Her areas of research include diaspora studies, intersectional configurations of gender, race, ethnicity and class, inter generational relations, and South Asian communities with a focus on youth and gender. Her books include Cartographies of Diaspora/Contesting Identities; Hybridity and its Discontents: Science, Culture, Politics (edited with Annie Coombes), Thinking Identities: Ethnicity, Racism and Culture; and, Global Futures: Migration, Environment and Globalization, the last two edited with Mary Hickman and Mairtin Mac an Ghail. She is a member of the Editorial Collective of Feminist Review and and is on the International Editorial Board of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.

Zrinka Bralo was a journalist in Bosnia, including at the National Radio in Sarajevo. After the war broke out, she coordinated international media coverage from Sarajevo, working with some of the world’s leading war correspondents. As the conflict escalated, Zrinka sought asylum in the United Kingdom. She set up the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns in London (now Right to Remain) and supported 100 families and individuals campaigning against unjust deportation. Since 2001, Zrinka has been Chief Executive of Migrants Organise, an award winning grass roots organising platform for migrants and refugees to connect, build common ground, grow their power, speak out and act for justice and dignity of all immigrants at the time of openly hostile policy environment, intertwined with dehumanising public narrative. Zrinka has led numerous successful campaigns on behalf of refugees and migrants. She served as a Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission. She took part in campaign to end detention of children for immigration purposes in 2010. In September 2015, in response to the recent refugee crisis. Zrinka is a founder of Women on the Move Awards that celebrates achievement of migrant and refugee women and winner of the 2011 Voices of Courage Award by the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York of which she is now a Trustee. She was a founding Chair of the National Refugee Welcome Board working to welcome Syrian refugees in 2015 and helped shape and introduce Community Sponsorship Visa Scheme. Zrinka holds an MSc in Media and Communications from London School of Economics and is 2014 Churchill Fellow.

Giorgia Dona is co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London (UEL) and Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Prior to joining UEL, she has held posts at the Refugee Studies Programme of Oxford University and the Child Studies Unit of University College Cork, Ireland. She also worked as researcher, policy expert and international consultant in the field of child protection. Giorgia has published extensively in the areas of ethnic and political violence, global refugee movements, child and youth migration, psycho-social interventions, adaptation and well-being, and participatory research methods. Recent publications include The Marginalised in Genocide Narratives (2019), Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates (2019, edited with Alice Bloch) and Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalisation (2014, edited with Angela Veale). She was the recipient of the Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence in 2012 and joint winner of the Best Paper Award Senior Scholar awarded by the European Communication Research and Education Association in 2019 for ‘Reversing the gaze on Fortress Europe: visual interferences produced by migrants in transit at the France-UK border’, co-written with Marie Godin and Crispin Hughes. Giorgia sits on the Independent Advisory Group on Country of Origin Information set up by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration to make recommendations on the content of the Home Office’s Country of Origin Information material. She is member of the Board of Directors of the Barbara Harrell-Bond Foundation which was set up to continue the legacy of the founder of the field of Refugee Studies. Giorgia is also editorial board member of the International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care and of Critical Childhood & Youth Studies for Lexington Books.

Don Flynn has worked in the field of migration policy since the mid-1970s, when he started work as a caseworker at a London law centre. After a lengthy stint as policy officer for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, a national legal rights organisation he set up and directed the work of the Migrants’ Rights Network up until December 2016. He continues his involvement in the field of migrant rights through blogs and other writing, as a steering group member of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on Violations of the Rights of Migrants, a trustee of several migrant community organisations, and as a volunteer for a migrant support group in South East London. Recent published articles and chapters on immigration issues by Don include ‘Forging “the People” in the UK: The Appeal of Populism and the Resistant Antibodies’ (with Gabriella Lazaridis) in Citizens’ Activism and Solidarity Movements: Contending with Populism (edited by Birte Siim, Anna Krasteva, and Aino Saarinen, 2018); ‘Strategies to make conviviality the heart of campaigns for the rights of migrants’ in Studying Diversity, Migration and Urban Multiculture: Convivial Tools for Research and Practice (Edited by Mette Louise Berg and Magdalena Nowicka, 2019); and ‘When liberal democracy pulls apart: Challenges for protecting migrants’ rights in the UK’ in Routledge Migration and Development (Edited by Tanja Basta and Ronald Skelton, forthcoming 2020).

Umut Erel has widely researched and published on gender, migration, racism and citizenship. She is currently exploring the experiences of racialized migrant families through a participatory arts and action based research project She is also interested in collaborating across arts, activism and academia to explore questions of belonging, citizenship and participation ( ), for details on publications and projects see

Liz Fekete is the Director of the IRR (Insititute of Race Relations) and head of its European research programme. She has worked at the IRR since 1982. She writes and speaks extensively on aspects of contemporary racism and fascism, refugee rights, EU counter-radicalisation and anti-terrorism policies and Islamophobia across Europe, and is author of A suitable enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe (Pluto, 2009) and Europe’s Fault Lines: racism and the rise of the Right (Verso, 2018). Liz was part of the CARF Collective, and an expert witness at the Basso Permanent People’s Tribunal on asylum and the World Tribunal on Iraq. She is currently an associate of the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London, and the Border Crossing Observatory at Monash University, Australia. Her recent articles include: ‘Denmark’s ‘ghetto package’ – discrimination enshrined in law’ (November 21, 2019); Racist violence – ‘It’s become normalised’ (October 31, 2019); ‘Is the prime minister’s defence of free speech ‘humbug’?’ (October 2, 2019); ‘Enforcing Belonging – racial violence and the far Right’ (June 20, 2019); and ‘Who facilitated the Christchurch terrorist’s journey through hate?’ (March 21, 2019)

Ben Gidley is a Senior Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. Ben’s research interests focus on the study of migration, diaspora, race and racialisation, especially in urban Britain. His 2010 book with Keith Kahn-Harris, Turbulent Times, was the first sociological monograph on British Jews for several decades; his 2017 book Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe, edited with James Renton, explores how Muslims and Jews have been racialized in Europe from the Crusades to the present. He is now completing a manuscript for Manchester University Press on Jewish migrant radicals in early twentieth century London.

Rachel Humphries is a Lecturer in Sociology and Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. She is a political ethnographer whose research and teaching focuses on immigration and citizenship, urban governance, gender and race. Rachel employs qualitative research methods that engage with theories and debates in migration studies, social policy and critical urbanism. Her published research can be found in Antipode, Geopolitics, the Sociological Review, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, among others. Her monograph, Home-land: Romanian Roma, domestic spaces and the state was published with University of Bristol/University of Chicago Press in March 2019.

Eleonore Kofman Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship and Director of the Social Policy Research Centre at Middlesex University London. She is co-Director of the Migration and Displacement stream in the UKRI GCRF Hub Gender, Justice and Security and is a member of the Executive Board of IMISCOE, the main European network for research on migration and integration. She was a Programme Fellow In Search of the Global Labour Market, ZIF University of Bielefeld Germany (2017-2018) and is Joint Editor in Chief of the British Sociological Association journal Work, Employment and Society. She has conducted research funded by UK research councils (2015-2017 EVI-MED Constructing an evidence base of contemporary Mediterranean migrations, ESRC-DifD Strategic Urgency Grants), charitable foundations (2017-2020 The Responsible Deal. Where and how to protect and integrate Syrian refugees, CI for Project 3 Return Migration); European Commission (2015-2017 DIVERCITY Preventing and combating homo- and transphobia in small and medium cities across Europe, DG Justice Rights, Equality and Citizenship); for international organisations (2016-2019 Families on the Move, Progress of the World’s Women 2019-2020: Families in a Changing World, UN Women). Eleonore has published extensively on gender and migration. Recent publications include co-authorship of Gendered Migrations and Global Social Reproduction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), chapters ‘Gender and feminisation of migration’ in C. Inglis (ed) Handbook of International Migration (Sage, 2019), Kofman, E. and P. Raghuram, ‘Care, women and migration in the global south’ in A. Coles et al. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development (Routledge, 2015), and journal articles ‘Gendered mobilities and vulnerabilities: refugee journeys to and in Europe’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2019, 45(12) 2185-2199) and ‘Family migration as a class matter’, International Migration (2018, 56(4): 33-46).

Sue Lukes has worked on migration and housing since the 1970s. She is currently an elected Labour councillor for Highbury in Islington, and Islington migrant champion. She is just starting to build a network of migrant champion councillors across the UK. Sue started in refugee resettlement, moved into housing advice and has been freelance since 1996. She co-edits the website for the Chartered Institute of Housing, which provides up to date information on housing rights and options for migrants and those advising them. She also trains, teaches and writes on housing and migration law and rights. As a director of MigrationWork Sue works with local authorities across Europe and in the UK on projects to make migration work better for everyone. Toolkits she has produced for this can be found at and information about a current UK project at . She set up the Strategic Legal Fund which funds legal action (pre-litigation research and third party interventions) to defend and extend the rights of migrants. Sue has collaborated with academics on many issues. Recent articles resulting form this include: Sue Lukes, Nigel de Noronha & Nissa Finney (2019) ‘Slippery discrimination: a review of the drivers of migrant and minority housing disadvantage’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45:17, 3188-3206, ; Guentner, S., Lukes, S., Stanton, R., Vollmer, B. A., & Wilding, J. (2016) ‘Bordering practices in the UK welfare system’. Critical Social Policy, 36(3), 391–411.

Dami Makinde is the co-founder and co-CEO of ‘We Belong’; an organization fighting for young migrants to be treated equally and fairly in all areas of society. Along with her co-CEO Chrisann Jarrett, they develop young leaders by providing information, support and training. Dami works closely with young migrants to create a strong counter-narrative to the UK’s hostile environment by advocating for reform within the UK’s immigration system. Dami was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK when she was 8 years old. Despite her lawful immigration status, she was barred from student finance to study at her chosen university, and consequently joined the Let us Learn campaign in 2015, where she helped launch the #YoungGiftedandBlocked campaign. The campaign led to over 25 universities providing multiple scholarships for young migrants. In 2017, Dami was seconded to the London mayor’s office as a policy advisor to help within their Social Integration Team, where she created a forum to build a bridge between the mayor and all London migrants. In addition, Dami became an Eisenhower Youth Leader in 2017 because of her involvement with creating and fighting for positive change and was selected to be a part of the Ashoka Bootcamp Network. Dami has been on many social exchange programmes and won numerous awards including ‘Social Entrepreneur of The Year’ and ‘100 Faces of Impact’. She is on a mission to learn about migrancy among young people in particular and speak out on the hostility they (and she) experience

Laurie Mompelat is a Research Analyst and co-author of ‘We Are Ghosts’: Race, Class and Institutional Prejudice (2019). They lead on the ‘race and class’ project across the Runnymede Trust and the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS). They do research and advocacy aimed at foregrounding new ways of talking about these issues so that: – we build solidarity across struggles, sectors and movements; and that – we are better equipped to tackle structural race and class inequality. Laurie also wrote a report on racial inequalities at the borough level (Greenwich Race Equality Scorecard, 2019) aimed at fostering dialogue and accountability on such inequalities, between the council and its local constituents. Beyond their work at Runnymede and CLASS, Laurie is very passionate about environmental justice from a decolonial perspective, and about conceptualizing the intersection of race, gender and LGBT+ life. They recently published an article in SAGE Feminist Theory Journal: “Queer of colour hauntings in London’s arts scene: Performing disidentification and decolonising the gaze – A Case Study of The Cocoa Butter Club” (2019).

Aurlien Mondaon is a Senior Lecturer in politics at the University of Bath. His research focuses predominantly on the impact of racism and populism on liberal democracies and the mainstreaming of far-right politics through elite discourse. His first book, The Mainstreaming of the Extreme Right in France and Australia: A Populist Hegemony?, was published in 2013 and he recently co-edited After Charlie Hebdo: Terror, racism and free speech published with Zed. His forthcoming book Reactionary democracy: How racism and the populist far right became mainstream, co-written with Aaron Winter, will be published with Verso in early 2020.

Jasbinder Nijjar is a PhD student in the Department of Social Sciences, Media, and Communications at Brunel University London. He is currently examining the relationship between institutional racism and the militarization of policing in London. He has written on the relationship between colonial and contemporary forms of state racism, the militarized surveillance of Muslims, the violent and deadly policing of black and Asian communities, and radical anti-racist history for journals including Social Justice, Race & Class, Popular Communication and Sociological Research Online. Additionally, Jas serves as the editorial assistant of the online, open-access darkmatter Journal, and works closely with the Monitoring Group and the Institute of Race Relations, two charities at the forefront of grassroots anti-racist struggle. He was also involved in the Southall Resists 40 project, which was a community-led initiative that organised a series of events in Southall, West London to mark the fortieth anniversary of the police murder of anti-fascist activist, Blair Peach. The events also remembered the town’s wider, rich and radical history of anti-racist resistance, with a view to drawing inspiration for the many challenges facing us today.

Pragna Patel is a founding member of the Southall Black Sisters and Women Against Fundamentalism. She worked as a co-ordinator and senior case worker for SBS from 1982 to 1993 when she left to train and practice as a solicitor. In 2009 she returned to SBS as its Director. She has been centrally involved in some of SBS’ most important cases and campaigns around domestic violence, immigration and religious fundamentalism. She has over 38 years of experience in advocacy, policy and campaigning work with some of the most marginalised women in British society. She has also written extensively on race, gender and religion. Her many publications include: ‘Citizenship: Whose Rights?’ in Women and Citizenship in Europe: Borders, Rights and Duties, ed. A. Ward et al. (Trentham Books, 1992), ‘The Time Has Come … Asian Women in Struggle’ in Black British Feminism – A Reader, ed. H. S. Mirza (Taylor & Francis, 1997), several essays in From homebreakers to jailbreakers ed. R. Gupta (Zed Books, 2003), Women Who Walk on Water: Working Across ‘Race’ in Women Against Fundamentalism (with Clara Connolly), in The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital eds Lisa Lowe and David Lloyd (1997), ‘Faith in the State? Asian Women’s Struggles for Human Rights in the UK’. Feminist Legal Studies (2008 Spring issue), R v Zoora (Ghulam) Shah in Feminist Judgments from Theory to Practice ed. Rosemary Hunter, Clare McGlynn and Erika Rackley (2010), ‘Shrinking Secular Spaces: Asian Women at the Intersect of Race, Religion and Gender with Hannana Siddiqui in Violence Against Women in South Asian Communities, eds Ravi K.Thiara and Aisha K. Gill (Jessica Kinglsey Publishers, 2010), ‘Moral panics and social evils: forced marriage and gender-related violence in immigration law and policy in the UK’ in Contesting integration, engendering migration: theory and practice eds Floya Anthias and Mojca Pajnik (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Nando Sigona is a Professor and Chair of International Migration and Forced Displacement and Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham, UK. Nando is a founding editor of the peer reviewed journal Migration Studies (Oxford University Press) and lead editor for Global Migration and Social Change book series by Bristol University Press. His research interests include: the migration and citizenship nexus; undocumented migration; naturalisation, denaturalisation and statelessness; Romani politics and anti-Gypsyism; governance and governmentality of forced migration; Brexit and intra-European migration; and child and youth migration. His work has appeared in a range of international academic journals, including Sociology, Social Anthropology, Antipode, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Identities, Citizenship Studies and Ethnic and Racial Studies. He is author or editor of books and journal’s special issues including Undocumented Migration (with Gonzales, Franco and Papoutsi, 2019); Unravelling Europe’s ‘migration crisis’ (with Crawley, Duvell, Jones, and McMahon, 2017), Within and beyond citizenship (with Roberto G. Gonzales, 2017), The Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (with Fiddian Qasmiyeh, Loescher and Long, 2014), and Sans Papiers. The social and economic lives of undocumented migrants (with Bloch and Zetter, 2014). He has written for Newsweek, The Independent, Libération, OpenDemocracy, Repubblica and The Conversation. He is Senior Research Fellow at ODI and held visiting research and teaching positions at the University of Oxford and the European University Institute.

Corinne Squire is Professor of Social Sciences and Co-Director, Centre for Narrative Research, at the University of East London. She co-edited Voices from the ‘Jungle’, a book of personal accounts written by residents of the Calais refugee camp (Africa et al., Pluto, 2017) and initiated the ‘Life Stories’ university course taught in the camp which won the Guardian 2017 Widening Participation award. Her research interests are in HIV and citizenship, refugee politics, and narrative theory and methods. Other books include Doing narrative research (with Andrews and Tamboukou, Sage, 2013) and Living with HIV and ART (Palgrave, 2013).

Wilf Sullivan has worked for the TUC since December 2004, when he was appointed as TUC Race Equality Officer. He worked in Local Government for ten years with young people in the residential care sector and with young people involved with the criminal justice system before subsequently working as a Principal Personnel Officer dealing with Information technology, recruitment and equal opportunities monitoring. He was appointed by NALGO (now UNISON) as a Regional full-time officer in 1990 and worked for ten years organising representing, and negotiating for members in health, local government, higher education, housing and private sector organisations. He worked as UNISON’s National Black Members Officer from 2000 before moving to the TUC as the Race Equality Policy Officer. He is active on campaigner on race equality, trade union organising and wider political issues both inside and outside of the trade union movement. He is also the Chair of the UK Race and Europe Network, a Trustee of the Marx Memorial library and a founder member and longstanding Chair of Directors of Islington Music Workshop.

Georgie Wemyss is Senior Lecturer and Co-Director at in the Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at UEL. From 2013-2016 she worked on the EUBORDERSCAPES Project, focusing on the Dover/Calais border and processes of everyday bordering in London. She researched and produced the film Everyday Borders ( which aimed to raise public awareness about how recent UK immigration legislation has been shifting the state border further into everyday life. Trained as a youth and community worker, teacher and social anthropologist, she completed her DPhil at the University of Sussex. Before working in border research her work focused on postcolonial east London and past and present links with Bangladesh and South Asia. She is author of The Invisible Empire: White Discourse, Tolerance and Belonging (Routledge 2016) and co-wrote with Nira Yuval-Davis and Kathryn Cassidy Bordering (Polity 2019).

Aaron Winter is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of East London. His research is on the far-right with a focus on racism, mainstreaming and violence. He is co-editor of Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror (Routledge 2010), Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless (Palgrave 2014) and Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism (Routledge 2018), and co-author with Aurelien Mondon, of Reactionary Democracy: How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream (Verso 2020). He has published in the journals Ethnic and Racial Studies, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, Sociological Research Online and Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, and is an Associate Editor of Identities and co-editor, with Satnam Virdee and John Solomos, of the Manchester University Press (MUP) book series Racism, Resistance and Social Change.

Nira Yuval-Davis is Professor Emeritus, Honorary Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London and a Professorial Associated Researcher at the Centre for Gender Studies at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London. A diasporic Israeli socialist feminist, Nira has been active in different forums against racism and sexism in Israel and other settler colonial societies as well as in the UK and Europe. She has been the President of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnic Relations) of the International Sociological Association, founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism and the international research network on Women In Militarized Conflict Zones and has acted as a consultant for various UN and human rights organisations. Nira Yuval-Davis has won the 2018 International Sociological Association Distinguished Award for Excellence in Research and Practice. The article she has written with G. Wemyss and K. Cassidy on ‘Everyday Bordering, Belonging and the Reorientation of British Immigration Legislation’, Sociology, 52(2), has won the 2019 Sage Sociology Award for Excellence and Innovation. Nira Yuval-Davis has written widely on intersected gendered nationalisms, racisms, fundamentalisms, citizenships, identities, belonging/s and everyday bordering. Among her books Woman-Nation-State, 1989, Racialized Boundaries, 1992, Unsettling Settler Societies, 1995, Gender and Nation, 1997, The Warning Signs of Fundamentalism, 2004, The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations, 2011, Women Against Fundamentalism, 2014 and Bordering, 2019. Her works have been translated into more than ten languages. Her 1984 article in Spare Rib on Zionism, Antisemitism and the Struggle Against Racism has recently been republished with an updating introduction in Feminist Review.

Academy of Social Sciences Migration, Racism and Settlement Working Group Annual Public Meeting: Refugees, Migration, Racism and the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees

June 13, 2019: 18.00-20.30
UCL Institute of Education Main Building
20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, Room 642
 Speakers:  Alice Bloch, Myriam Cherti and Giorgia Donà
Chair: Ann Phoenix
Announcing and introducing the Group Report on Migration, Racism and the ‘Hostile Environment’
Nira Yuval-Davis
Biographies  of speakers
Alice Bloch is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. She has carried out research focussing on the experiences of refugees, undocumented migrants and second-generation people from refugee backgrounds. She is currently writing a book to be published by Bristol University Press, Second Generation from Refugee Backgrounds: Identity and belonging. Her research has been funded bythe Economic and Social Research Council, Department for Work and Pensions and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation amongst others. Recent authored books include: Living on the Margins: Undocumented migrants in a global city, 2016, Bristol: Policy Press (with Sonia McKay) and Sans Papiers: The social and economic lives of young undocumented migrants in the UK, London: Pluto, 2014 (with Nando Sigona and Roger Zetter). Her most recent book, co-edited with Giorgia Donà, and published by Routledge in 2019 is Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates.
Dr Myriam Cherti is a National Officer at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in London and works on migration and development, diaspora engagement and integration. She was previously based in IOM Morocco where she was working directly with the Moroccan government advising them on the Global Forum of Migration and Development as well as the Global Compact for Migration.  Prior to that, she was a Senior Researcher at Oxford University’s COMPAS. Her areas of expertise include irregular migration, migrant integration and diaspora politics. Prior to COMPAS, she was a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IPPR) where she led several projects, including “Beyond Irregularity” – a major research program on irregular migration. Before that, she was project coordinator at the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum, where she led a project on the oral history of the Moroccan diaspora in the UK. Myriam has also worked as a consultant and independent researcher on several European projects on the integration of ethnic minorities. She has also taught at the University of Sussex. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and a PhD in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex.
Professor Giorgia Donà is co-director of the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London. She has researched and published extensively in the area of conflict and forced migration. Publications include The Marginalised in Genocide Narratives(forthcoming, 2019), Forced Migration: Current Issues and Debates (ed. 2019, with Alice Bloch)and Child and Youth Migration: Mobility-in-Migration in an Era of Globalisation (ed. 2014, with Angela Veale).
Nira Yuval-Davis is Professor Emeritus, Honorary Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London and a Professorial Associated Researcher at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. The winner of the 2018 International Sociological Association Distinguished Award for Excellence in Research and Practice. New book Bordering (Polity Press 2019 with G. Wemyss & K. Cassidy).

Symposium: Bordering, everyday racism and the ‘hostile environment’ – The Academy of Social Sciences Study Group on Refugees, Migration and Settlement

21 February 2018 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Birkbeck College, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX

Les Back and Shamser Sinha, Goldsmiths University of London:  The politics of waiting: Migration, dead time and freer life

Ben Gidley, Birkbeck University of London: Everyday racism and migration: Researching the material and affective impacts of xeno-racism

Ann Phoenix, Thomas Coram Research Unit UCL: Children, epistemic violence and migration

Chair: Floya Anthias, University of East London

Abstracts and biographical notes

Les Back and Shamser Sinha: The politics of waiting: Migration, dead time and freer life

This paper examines how understanding migration involves an appreciation of the experience of time in an unfolding life. The debate about belonging is so often coded around those who are seen to ‘really belong’ because they and their kin have put ‘time into’ society.  Migrants by contrast are viewed as itinerant and passing through.  Drawing on research conducted with thirty adult migrants in London over the past ten years we explore the politics of time in the context of the contemporary debate about migration.  We argue that hierarchies of belonging are also accompanied by an ordering of the migrants’ relationship to time. We focus in particular on the experience of waiting as an existential straightjacket that restrains and comes to define life in the migrant city. Through the experiences of our participants we develop an analysis of the temporal-straight jackets or time traps that are produced within the immigration system.  We show how participants in this study struggle to break free from these limitations through developing ‘vitalising strategies’ that help them move out of dead time and a future that is confined by a sense of their lives being ‘on hold’.
Les Back teaches sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His work attempts to create a sensuous or live sociology committed to searching for new modes of sociological writing and representation. This approach is outlined in his book The Art of Listening (Berg 2007). He also writes journalism and has made documentary films. He has juts completed a book about the experience of young adult migrants in London with Shamser Sinha called Migrant City (published by Routledge later this year).  This book is attempts a sociable sociology that re-design social observation so that participants not only observe their own lives but also become credited authors too.

Ben Gidley: Everyday racism and migration: Researching the material and affective impacts of xeno-racism
This paper explores how social scientists can understand the relationship between public policies and discourses on migration, public attitudes towards migrants and minorities, and everyday experiences of exclusion and conviviality, using the concept of “xeno-racism”, as developed by the late Ambalavaner Sivanandan. The paper will draw on fieldwork in inner South London, and focus in particular on what we can learn from psychosocial and ethnographic approaches.
Ben Gidley is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. Previously, he worked at the ESRC Centre for Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford. His most recent book is Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe: A Shared History? with James Renton.

Ann Phoenix: Children, epistemic violence and migration
This talk considers how child migrants are viewed in the European/’minority world’ imaginary and will discuss the theoretical relevance of epistemic violence to migration, particularly in relation to unaccompanied minors.
Ann Phoenix is professor of psychosocial studies at Thomas Coram Research Unit, Department of Social Sciences, UCL Institute of Education.  From 2016-8 she is the Jane & Aatos Erkko Professor at the Helsinki University Collegium for Advanced Studies.

Floya Anthias is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Roehampton, and a Visiting Professor at City University and the University of East London.My main academic writings have explored the intersections of social divisions and identities, different forms of stratification, and how inequalities and belongings interconnect. I have led a number of EU funded research projects on migration related areas including employment, gender, education and ‘integration’. Some of my recent work has been developing a translocational lens and the concept of translocational positionality as a way of addressing some of the difficulties identified with concepts of identity and intersectionality. My books include Woman Nation State, Palgrave, Racialised Boundaries: nation, race, ethnicity, colour and class and the anti-racist struggle, Routledge, Ethnicity, Class, Gender and Migration, Greek Cypriots in Britain, Ashgate, Gender and Migration in Southern Europe, Berg, Into the Margins: Migration and Exclusion in Southern Europe, Ashgate,Rethinking Anti-racisms, Routledge, Paradoxes of Integration: Female Migrant in Europe, Springer, Contesting Integration, Engendering Migration, Palgrave, and Work and the Challenges of Belonging, Cambridge Scholars Publishing.