By Michaela Benson (@michaelacbenson) and Nando Sigona (@nandosigona) (Originally published in The Sociological Review) Three weeks into 2021 and the end of the Brexit transition period, and not a day has passed where the borders haven’t made their presence felt in the news cycle. The coincidence of COVID and Brexit has produced a perfect storm,... Continue Reading →
Migrant caravans in Central America: Violence, borders and Covid-19
IRiS researcher Dr Marisol Reyes talks to Brenda Ochoa, Director of the NGO Human Rights Centre Fray Matias de Cordova AC, on the effects of border closure at the Guatemala and Mexico border on Central American migrant caravans in the context of Covid-19 public health crisis. https://youtu.be/mxFSF-QlrKo The conversation "Caravans migrantes: violencia, fronteras y Covid-19"... Continue Reading →
The bureaucracy of angels in King’s Cross St. Pancras
Art, borders and migration – interesting conversation on an age-old crisis
Fascinating video with artists Broomberg & Chanarin discussing their installation ‘The bureaucracy of angels‘ in King’s Cross St. Pancras station (28 Sept – 25 Nov).
The work was commissioned by Art on the Underground. Here a Learning Guide (Key stage 3-5). Short clip from the film below. Glad to have had the opportunity to share some thoughts with the curator early on in the development of the project and to share a panel with the artists today at the Royal College of Art in London.
Everyday borders – film and discussion
IRiS is hosting a screening of the documentary 'Everyday Borders' (dir. Orson Nava) followed by a panel discussion on 19 November, 5-7pm (Room LT1, Strathcona Building, University of Birmingham - see map). The film tells the story of how increasing numbers of people are being obliged to act as border-guards in the communities where they... Continue Reading →