Black Lives Matter — Is This A Turning Point?

By Nicholas Bailey (@imnickbailey) and Nando Sigona (@nandosigona), University of Birmingham https://www.facebook.com/unibirmingham/videos/310858256686260/ BLM became something very different from its previous incarnation on the day George Floyd died. It transitioned from social organisation to symbolising a societal ideal. By any definition, 2020 has been a dramatic year. It was already the year of Australian bushfires, the... Continue Reading →

Cities of Fears, Cities of Hopes: IRiS webinar by Nasar Meer

In this Zoom webinar (registration here) organised by the University of Birmingham's Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) on 21 September, Professor Nasar Meer will explore the need to re-think two coterminous concerns: the rediscovery of the ‘local’ and the city in particular, and an understanding of the experience of displaced migration in Europe. Drawing... Continue Reading →

Racism, policing and the politics of surveillance in times of pandemic: webinar by Social Scientists Against the Hostile Environment

On Monday 6 July at 5pm, IRiS director Nando Sigona is chairing with Bahriye Kemal the second webinar of the Social Scientists Against the Hostile Environment collective (SSAHE). The event is entitled: Racism, policing and the politics of surveillance in times of pandemic. Speakers include: Speakers at SSAHE webinar Racism, policing and the politics of... Continue Reading →

The banality (and lethality) of racism

Black lives matter and we stand united against racism. We understand that racism is systemic and structural in our society and works because so many are complicit with it. And we all have a part to play in ending it. We understand that undoing that complicity means listening, respecting, learning, mobilising and making space. And... Continue Reading →

Racial cities: the segregation of Romani people in urban Europe

Dr Giovanni Picker recently joined IRiS as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow. Dr Picker's latest book Racial Cities: Governance and the Segregation of Romani People in Urban Europe is now available through Routledge. Racial Cities is the first comprehensive analysis of the segregation of Romani people in Europe, providing a fine-tuned and in-depth explanation of this phenomenon.... Continue Reading →

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