Nationalism & new comers: Migration Matters video series featuring Nando Sigona

#rethinkingnationalism is a twelve bite-sized (1-9 min) video series that offers academic insight and public perspectives on nationalism, belonging, and diversity in Europe today. The series produced by Migration Matters is part of Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, a ground-breaking project that enables youth in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to engage in meaningful intercultural experiences online….

The legacy of migration: IRiS seminar series

The programme for IRiS seminar series for the first term of the new academic year is now available. We start on 22nd October at 2pm with Professor Gracia Liu-Farrer of Waseda University, Japan. She will present a paper based on her forthcoming book on Immigrant Japan: Mobility and Belonging in an Ethno-nationalist Society.  It is hard…

IRiS leads research for WMCA Leadership Commission Report

The University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) has made a significant contribution to the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Leadership Commission Report 2018, launched by Andy Street CBE, the Mayor of the West Midlands, and presented at a city centre event on Thursday 14th June. The Commission’s report – Leaders Like You…

Is anthropology still legal? Notes on the impact of GDPR

by Dr Rachel Humphris, Lecturer in Social Policy and IRiS Research Fellow Have you been inundated with emails asking you to resubscribe to contact lists lately? That’s the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I spent an afternoon with fellow anthropologists at SOAS on 9th May discussing to discuss what it might mean for us…

The government’s hostile environment and its consequences on integration

By Jenny Phillimore (@japhillimore) and Nando Sigona (@nandosigona) Published in Discover Society‘s special issue responding to the UK Government’s Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper, which was published on 14th  March with a deadline for responses of 5th June. The special issue  is available here as a pdf ] Can you have an integrated society in a hostile environment? The UK Government’s…

Windrush generation is not alone – children of EU citizens could be next

by Nando Sigona, Deputy IRiS Director, University of Birmingham Theresa May, the UK prime minister, and Amber Rudd, home secretary, have both apologised for the distress caused by the treatment of the so-called “Windrush generation”, in the face of mounting pressure from MPs and the wider public. Having been accused by the Home Office of residing in the UK without…