(Re)producing Insecurities

University of Sheffield, Friday 29 September 2017

Registration now open: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reproducing-insecurities-tickets-37161214192

The recent EU referendum campaign and resultant vote for the UK to leave the EU is creating new insecurities for EU citizens within and prospective migrants to the UK. At the same time, the European refugee ‘crisis’ was mobilised as a source of fear, insecurity and threat to the UK electorate by the Leave side in the referendum campaign. A collision of fears around intra EU mobility and refugee crisis was manufactured as a central feature of the Brexit vote. Central to such mobilisations are of course the reproduction of older legacies of inequality, precarity as well as white privilege, racism and colonial constructions of self and other. This workshop aims to address this duality within the new politics of insecurity in Europe: the (re)production of new forms of insecurity for migrants and their families, and the mobilisation of migration as an insecurity for resident populations. Here (re)production draws attention to the intimate connectivities of multiple ‘crises’ and the material, intimate, embodied sites and processes through which ‘new’ insecurities are (re)produced.


09:30 – 10:00

Registration, refreshments, opening remarks
ICoSS Conference room

10:00 – 11:15

Session 1: Fearful encounters: race, belonging and migrant precarity

Chair: Aneta Piekut, Sheffield Methods Institute

Alexandria Innes, University of East Anglia

Research, activism, and urban immigration in a small city

Paul White and Jocelyn Finniear, Swansea University

Securities of (be)longing: beginning an ethnographic examination of alterity, sameness and difference within post industrial communities

Maria Abranches and Ulrike Theuerkauf, University of East Anglia

Migration experiences, (in)securities and the Brexit referendum: preliminary findings of migrants’ responses to racist rhetoric and actions in Great Yarmouth


Session 2: EU insecurities in South Yorkshire

Chair: Gwyneth Lonergan, Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield

Tina Patel, University of Salford, Pip Tyler, Migration Yorkshire and Phil Brown, University of Salford

Insecure bodies: the impact of Brexit on Roma in South Yorkshire

Jeremy Abrahams

Remain/Leave  http://www.jeremyabrahams.co.uk/remain-leave



Session 3: Everyday borders in street-level bureaucracy

Chair: Joe Turner, Politics, University of Sheffield

Léa Lemaire, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) & Science Po Aix (France)

The role of citizens in the politics of insecurity Malta and Sub-Saharan migrants

Nora Ratzmann, London School of Economics and Political Science

Transforming the status of EU citizens: The making of foreigners at German street-level

Rachel Lewis, University of Warwick

Anxiety and the precarious subject: affect in the contemporary UK citizenship regime

Keynote and Roundtable Discussion – 14:45-16:15

Keynote: Professor Adrian Favell, University of Leeds

Crossing the Race Line: Brexit, Citizenship and “Immigrants” in the Referendum

Roundtable discussion: Beyond (in)securities? Alterity and practices of resistance post-Brexit vote

Chair: Majella Kilkey, University of Sheffield

Ben Knight, University of Manchester

Tesfalem Habte Yemane, Refugee Education and Training Advisory Service

Pip Tyler, Migration Yorkshire

Adrian Favell, University of Leeds

Roundtable speakers will respond to Professor Adrian Favell’s keynote talk and offer their own reflections on migrant resistance to insecurity as a lead in to a discussion about the practical, conceptual and political challenges to researching (re)producing insecurities.


Closing remarks: migration insecurity research horizons

White Rose Network leads: Deirdre Conlon (Leeds), Alex Hall (York), Hannah Lewis (Sheffield)


How To Get Here


Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences
219 Portobello
S1 4DP

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20-25 minutes walking from Sheffield Rail Station, Sheaf Street.

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