2017 Talks

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Identity, Inclusion and the Politics of Immigration


Tuesday, 14 March 2017


18:30 – 20:30


Watson Building, Lecture Theatre A (Ground Floor) (R15 on campus map)


Free, booking recommended.

Across the world, immigration and identity are at the centre of urgent and dramatic political struggles and debates. In Europe, the refugee crisis, the rise of far right parties and Brexit reveal mounting tensions, highlighted by the contradiction between the objective processes of mass migration and an anti-immigration ideological consensus.

This event will discuss not only how we should think about these issues, but also how we should act upon them. Is it time to rethink our identities as more inclusive or to transcend them altogether? How should we approach mental and, especially, physical borders, defining national and supra-national polities in today’s world? Can we imagine and then implement new forms of citizenship, which will abolish the divisions between ‘natives’ and ‘immigrants’?

Join writer Richard Seymour as well as academics from the University of Birmingham to tackle these and other questions in an open, interactive discussion.

Presented by Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC)