Bordering the Everyday: Migration at the Calais Border

16th Oct 2014, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Faculty of Education

french immigration policeAs part of the Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Seminar ‘Borders’ series, this seminar examines everyday situated intersectional bordering, based on work on the EU-funded research programme on Borderscapes, which focuses on everyday bordering in both different kinds of European borders and in different metropolitan cities.

Using fieldwork material from Calais as illustrative examples, the seminar develops situated intersectional framework in understanding everyday bordering, arguing that only such a theoretical framing can approach a comprehensive (although always shifting, contested and partial) analysis of the multi-epistemological conjunctures which are involved in any act of everyday life. It also argues against the validity of the dichotomy, promoted by Featherstone and others, between the ‘heroic’ and the ‘everyday’.

This seminar is open to staff, students, and those interested in migration/immigration, and is free to attend.

Speaker biographies


NIRAYUVAL-DAVISNira Yuval-Davis
is a professor and the Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London. She is also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Gender Studies at the University of Umea in Sweden. She has been the President of the Research Committee 05 (on Racism, Nationalism and Ethnic Relations) of the International Sociological Association, a founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism and the international research network of Women In Militarized Conflict Zones. Professor Yuval-Davis was a member of the Sociology sub-panel for the 2008 RAE, and is a member of the panel for REF 2014.

Among her written and edited books are Woman-Nation-State, 1989, Racialized Boundaries, 1992, Unsettling Settler Societies, 1995, Gender and Nation,1997, Warning Signs of Fundamentalisms, 2004, The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations, 2011, and Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity, Lawrence and Wishart, 2014. Her works have been translated to more than ten languages.

Georgie Wemyss is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging. She is currently working on the EU Borderscapes project, investigating the evolving concepts of state borders in Europe. Her interest in the everyday processes of bordering grew out of her D.Phil ethnographic research about Britishness and belonging together with insights gained from 20 years teaching social anthropology to adults returning to education in East London. Her book, The Invisible Empire: White Discourse, Tolerance and Belonging, explores how differing narratives of Britishness obscure colonial histories in ways that work against the belonging of second and third generation British citizens in the present.

Main image: Le Pouce de Jey via Flickr