Resisting the (internal) Border: a Conference for Academics, Activists and Advocates


Event Date: 17 June 2017
Clore Lecture Theatre
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

The Capital and Social Justice Working Group, Department of Geography, the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London, and the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies, University of London, with the support of Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities present:

Resisting the (internal) Border: a Conference for Academics, Activists and Advocates

When Theresa May was Home Secretary, she declared that it was government policy to make the UK a ‘hostile environment’ for undocumented migrants. In her new role as PM she has extended her efforts to recruit civil society into the policing of proliferating internal borders, drawing upon and amplifying a racialised, hyper-nationalist discourse in which both Englishness and Britishness are inscribed as Anglophone, Christian and White. These policies are intertwined with the government’s attempts to mobilise an ever- widening range of actors to enforce its’ PREVENT agenda in which Muslims (regardless of their citizenship status) are constructed as a threat to national security, reinforcing Islamophobia and racism.

The aim of this conference is to bring together academics, activists and advocates to explicate the ways in which borders are being extended spatially and temporally from the geo-political borders of the nation-state to the spaces and times of everyday life and, crucially, to explore how activists are working to resist these processes and articulate an alternative vision of citizenship. Importantly, it will explore concrete examples of how professionals in academia, health, education, housing and other public services, as well as private sector landlords, have been recruited into policing the (internal) border and how this can be resisted.

Welcome by Dr Karen Wells (Birkbeck):

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Keynote 1: Dr Nisha Kapoor (York)

Introduction by Dr Kaplana Wilson (LSE):

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Panel 1: Work, Housing and Deportation

Speakers: Dr Paru Raman (SOAS), Luis Carlos, Kojo Koram and Luke de Noronha (COMPAS, Oxford):

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Keynote 2: Asim Qureshi (CAGE):

Introduction by Dr Richard Baxter (Birkbeck):

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Panel 2: Children’s Services, School Education, University Education, Health and Domestic Violence

Speakers: Dr Kaplana Wilson (LSE), Jen Ang (MiCLU), Dr Reza Gholami (Keele), Sanaz Raji (Unis Resist Borders), Zoe Stewart (Docs not Cops) and Camille Kumar (Women and Girls Network):

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