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Rebordering Britain & Britons after Brexit
20 September 2023

Join us for the International Symposium 'Migration, coloniality and belonging in ‘Global Britain’

Migration, coloniality and belonging in ‘Global Britain’: International Symposium

17 November 2023, 09:00 – 17:30, The Exchange, University of Birmingham

Join us in this stellar, day-long symposium with internationally renowned scholars, activists, and representatives of CSOs as they offer their critical and engaged perspectives on post-Brexit Britain's redefinition of itself, its political community, politics and hierarchies of belonging. Secure your place by booking and registering within 14th November 2023.

This is the programme for the day:

9.00-9.30            Registration/Coffee

9.30-9.45            Welcome: Michaela Benson (Lancaster University, LU), Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham, UoB) and Dan Wincott (Cardiff University and Governance after Brexit)

10.00-11.00        PANEL 1: Migration governance after Brexit – Nando Sigona (UoB), Andrew Geddes (European University Institute) and Elspeth Guild (Queen Mary University of London). Chair: Roxana Barbulescu (University of Leeds)

11.00-11.15        Break

11.15-12.15        PANEL 2: Coloniality, Global Britain and Fortress Europe – Michaela Benson (LU), Manuela Boatcă (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) and Bolaji Balogun (University of Sheffield). Chair: Aleks Lewicki (University of Sussex)

12.15-13.00        ROUNDTABLE – UK Migration policy after Brexit: Colin Yeo (Free Movement and Garden Court Chambers), Fizza Qureshi (Migrant Rights Network), Simon Cheng (Hongkongers in Britain) and Nazek Ramadan (Migrant Voice). Chair: Michaela Benson (LU) and Nando Sigona (UoB)

13:00-14:00        Lunch

14.00-15.00        PANEL 3: Political participation and diasporic mobilization: Catherine Craven (University of Sheffield), Charlotte Galpin (UoB) and Adrian Favell (University College Cork). Chair: Michaela Benson (LU)

15.00-16.00        PANEL 4: Micro-politics of rebordering – Elena Zambelli (LU), Elisabetta Zontini (University of Nottingham) and Helena Wray (University of Exeter). Chair: Nando Sigona (UoB)

16.00-16.15        Break

16.15-17.00        POLICY ROUNDTABLE – Family migration and reunion after Brexit: Kezia Tobin (the3million), Fiona Frank Godfrey (British in Europe) and Peter Walsh (Migration Observatory). Chair: Elena Zambelli (LU)

17.00-17.30        Closing Statements


The symposium constitutes the closing conference for the ESRC-funded Rebordering Britain and Britons after Brexit (MIGZEN) research project led by Professor Nando Sigona (University of Birmingham) and Professor Michaela Benson (Lancaster University).