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Everyday Bordering and the Re-orientation of Immigration Legislation in the UK

Title
Everyday Bordering and the Re-orientation of Immigration Legislation in the UK
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Professor Nira Yuval-Davis # University of East London
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Date and Time
25th Apr 2016 17:30 – 25th Apr 2016 20:00
Location
Surgeon's Hall Prince Philip Building Nicolson Street Edinburgh
Audience
UoE Staff; UoE Students; Public

Nira Yuval-Davis is a Professor and the Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London.

Currently she is a partner in a major EU research project on ‘Borderscapes’, leading an international team which is examining everyday bordering in metropolitan cities and different European border zones from an intersectional situated gaze perspective.

Everyday bordering has become a major technology of control of both social diversity and discourses on diversity, in a way that threatens to undermine the convivial co-existence of UK pluralist society, especially in its metropolitan cities. 

Such tendencies have been developing especially since the drive for securitisation following the events of 9/11 in 2001. However, these developments cannot be understood to be an outcome solely of securitisation, but rather they are part of a political project of belonging. The 2014 and 2015 Immigration bills have transformed British citizens into untrained and unpaid borderguards and large sections of the population into suspected illegal (or at least illegitimate) border crossers.

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