Public lecture - Citizenship and Belonging in Unsettling Times, 13 September 2017

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A public debate exploring migrants’ experiences of becoming citizens in the UK to be held in University of Leicester on 13 September 2017.

About the event

In the context of Brexit, debates over citizenship, immigration and belonging have gained new urgency. This event will provide a unique opportunity for academics, migrant rights advocates, politicians and members of the public to explore these issues together. Speakers will discuss the results from the project ‘The UK Citizenship Process: Exploring Immigrants’ Experiences’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council followed by Q & A and debate.

Date and time

September 13 2017, 5:30-7:30pm

This free lecture is open to graduates, students, staff and members of the public. Book your place at


Chair: Professor Surinder Sharma, Co-Director of Unit for Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement, University of Leicester

Councillor Manjula Sood MBE, Assistant City Mayor - Community Involvement, Partnership & Equalities, Leicester City Council

Zrinka Bralo, Chief Executive, Migrants Organise, London

Dr Nando Sigona, Deputy Director, Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham

Dr Leah Bassel, Principal Investigator of ‘The UK Citizenship Process: Exploring Immigrants’ Experiences’ Economic and Social Research Council-funded project, School of Media, Communication and Sociology, University of Leicester


Ken Edwards Ground Floor Lecture Theatre 1, University of Leicester, LE1 7RH

About the project


The UK Citizenship Process: Exploring Immigrants' Experiences is an ESRC-funded research project conducted by Leah Bassel (PI), David Bartram, Barbara Misztal, Pierre Monforte and Kamran Khan.

The project analyses the ‘assimilationist turn’ in British immigration and integration policies, through a focus on immigrants’ lived experience of one of its principal instruments, the ‘citizenship process’. Studies to date have examined only one or two parts of the ‘citizenship process’, by which we refer to the tests themselves, the citizenship ceremonies, the preparation courses many immigrants take beforehand, as well as the consequences of the tests for those to whom it is addressed.

The event is organised in collaboration with the Leicester Migration Network and Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE), and the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester.

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You can also visit the project webpage at:

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