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Global Migration Seminar: Go Home? The performance politics of UK immigration control

Research profile seminar

During this Global Migration Seminar, we will learn about the experiences from the project 'Mapping Immigration Controversies', that investigated the effects of UK government publicity campaigns on immigration.
We will see how the UK's campaigns were not so much oriented to macro-economic concerns and the implementation of the law, but rather sought to perform and pump-up a toughness on immigration by mobilising images and emotions.

Dr Gunaratnam will discuss how the emotions produced and circulated by the government campaigns can 'stick' to a wide range of Others, including those seemingly not the direct targets of the campaigns, with repercussions away from the primary scenes of address.

With regard to methodology and ethics, she will also consider how research on immigration is itself implicated in stretching-out the spatio-temporalities of these affective practices through provoking memory and imagination, fantasy and projection.

By asking people questions about the campaign, drawing their attention to it and reminding them of it, the researchers were always at risk of re-staging immigration and bordering affects so that both the government campaigns and research can become part of a relational and excessive network of bordering.

Yasmin Gunaratnam gained her doctorate and undergraduate degrees from the London School of Economics and her Masters at Royal Holloway. She has authored two books, 'Researching Race and Ethnicity: methods, knowledge and power' (Sage, 2003) and 'Death and the Migrant' (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). She is one of the co-authors of 'Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies' (Manchester University Press, 2017).

She is on the editorial collectives of 'Feminist Review' and 'Media Diversified' and is a published poet. She is co-director, with Professor Lisa Blackman (Media and Communications), of the Centre for Feminist Research and is a member of the Advisory Groups for Goldsmiths Press and the Environmental Humanities Collaborative (Linköping University).

All Global Migration Seminars start with a common breakfast at 8:30 in the kitchen at School of Global Studies (Fourth floor, house 2E, Campus Linné).

Lecturer: Dr. Yasmin Gunaratnam, Goldsmiths College, London

Date: 9/20/2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Categories: International, Diversity, Social Sciences , Interdisciplinary, Research

Organizer: Centre on Global Migration

Location: School of Global Studies, Campus Linné C417, Konstepidemins väg 2

Event URL: Read more about Global Migration Seminar: Go Home? The performance politics of UK immigration control

Contact person: Andrea Spehar

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