SOAS University of London

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies

The Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Annual Lecture

The 2016 Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Annual Lecture will take place in the DLT from 6-8pm on the 16th November.

Refugees, Immigration Control and Indifference: Reflections on the Role of Distance

Prof Nick Gill (Exeter, Dept of Geography)

In this lecture Professor Nick Gill seeks to understand the ways in which border control practices draw forth indifference to refugees. In particular, the recent history of border control in Britain has highlighted various ways in which different forms of distance – literal, cultural and psychological – have been implicated in the nurturing and generation of indifference to migrant suffering and struggle among the public in general and among functionaries within the border control system. Professor Gill offers both a general reflection on the dynamics of indifference, estrangement and remoteness in contemporary immigration control regimes, and a summary of recent findings from research in Britain’s First Tier immigration and asylum tribunal. The discussion concludes by exploring the implications of the dynamics of indifference for activist tactics in pursuit of deborderisation.

The event is free and open to the public.

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

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

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