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Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

The Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Annual Lecture

The 2014 Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Annual Lecture will take place in the KLT from 6-8pm on 19th November.

New Hierarchies of Belonging


Professor Les Back (Goldsmiths University), Shamser Sinha (University Campus, Suffolk) and Charlynne Bryan (University Campus, Suffolk)

In the 2014 CMDS annual lecture, Professor Les Back and his co-researchers Shamsya Sinha and Charlynne Bryan discuss how the ‘crisis of multiculturalism’ is effecting the regulation, scrutiny and surveillance of migrant communities. Through the story of a young migrant, they explore the ways that old hierarchies of belonging are taking new forms within the social landscape of contemporary London. This biographical case study is drawn from a larger qualitative study of 30 young adult migrants. The authors argue that the debate about population mobility needs to transcend the ‘migrancy problematic’ and instead identify how the ordering of humanity works in a globalized and neo-liberal context. Combining insights from Stuart Hall’s recent writings and Franz Fanon’s lesser-known essays, they argue that new hierarchies of belonging are being established that replay aspects of colonial racism, but in new forms suited to London’s postcolonial landscape.

The event is free and open to the public.

For further information please contact Dr Parvathi Raman (pr1@soas.ac.uk) or Celeste Harber (ch37@soas.ac.uk) or call 020 7898 4434

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