Free public event to explore race, class and citizenship following Brexit

Posted by ap507 at Feb 20, 2017 10:32 AM |
University of Leicester will host a lecture on 22 February which considers the implications of Brexit

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 20 February 2017           

The University of Leicester will host a free public event on Wednesday 22 February which will seek to understand the implications of Brexit in relation to race, class and citizenship.

Dr Ipek Demir, Associate Professor from the University’s School of Media, Communication and Sociology, will chair the seminar.

Dr Demir said: “Race, class and citizenship are three critical issues of our times which also relate to immigration, including who is allowed to belong, who is allowed to have legitimate grievances, and who is excluded.”

Professor Gurminder K. Bhambra, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, will speak at the lecture.

Professor Bhambra will argue that: “The UK referendum on continued membership of the European Union was less a debate on the pros and cons of membership than a proxy for discussions about race and migration; specifically, who belonged and had rights (or should have rights) and who didn’t (and shouldn’t).”

Dr Leah Bassel, Associate Professor from the University’s School of Media, Communication and Sociology, will respond to the arguments of Professor Bhambra at the event.

Dr Bassel said: “Now, more than ever, we need to question our common sense understandings of citizenship and belonging.

“With the UK referendum lines have been drawn and redrawn between 'Us' and 'Them'. The violence and exclusion that led to citizenship as we know it have been ignored while new hierarchies of belonging have been created.

“This event will be an important opportunity to explore these issues in Leicester, a city shaped by its own unique history of migration.”

The lecture is free and open to all and will take place between 4.00pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday 22 February at Bankfield House Lecture Theatre, 132 New Walk, Leicester. 

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information about the lecture, please contact:

Dr Ipek Demir on id34@le.ac.uk<mailto:id34@le.ac.uk

Dr Leah Bassel on lb235@le.ac.uk<mailto:lb235@le.ac.uk

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