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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

Previous Events in this series

New Hierarchies of Belonging

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

19 November 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Supermobility and superdiversity: is there order to migration?

Professor Richard Black (SOAS, University of London)

27 November 2013, Russell Square: College Buildings, KLT, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Contested Memories: the Shahid Minar and the struggle for diasporic space

Professor Claire Alexander (Dept. of Sociology, University of Manchester)

28 November 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Annual Lecture: Creolization and Diaspora: the delicate dance

Professor Robin Cohen (Emeritus Professor and Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme-funded Oxford Diasporas Programme, University of Oxford)

Diaspora and creolization are apparently heading in different directions. But all is not what it seems. In this lecture, Robin Cohen will explore the complex relationship, the delicate dance, between diaspora and creolization

2 November 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Lecture: Theorizing the Intersection of Diaspora and Cosmopolitanism: Rescaling Transnational Studies

Nina Glick Schiller (Professor of Social Anthropology and Director, Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Studies)

28 October 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Annual Lecture: Continuity and Change: Immigrants in Spitalfields 1660-2000

Dr Anne J Kershen (Queen Mary, University of London)

Using three of the pillars of immigrant life, religion, language and economic activity, the speaker will examine the role each played in the processes of integration, and in some cases separation, and illustrate that continuity and change in immigrant life has been what has made Spitalfields a place of settlement and transition from the mid-seventeenth century through until today.

22 October 2009, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM