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Cities Annual Lecture - The Migrant's Paradox: inhabiting multiple displacements

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

>>>Please note that the location for this event is 43 Gordon Square - Room B04<<<

This series commemorates the interdisciplinary MA/MSc Cities programme at Birkbeck by hosting lectures by scholars, policy-makers and practitioners whose work addresses some of the key challenges for contemporary cities. For the inaugural lecture, we are happy to host Dr Suzi Hall (LSE), whose interdisciplinary research at the intersections of globalisation, migration and urban marginalisation has made a key contribution to the study of current urban living. This is an in-person event, free to attend and open to all. The lecture will be followed by a small reception, all welcome.

This event is co-hosted between the Geography Department and the BISR Urban Intersections Working Group and it is part of ‘Urban Intersections at the Margins’, a three-day programme of events that also includes a workshop, film screening and walking tour

The Migrant’s Paradox: inhabiting multiple displacements, Dr Suzi Hall

In this lecture, I expand on the migrant’s paradox as the consistent production of inconsistencies in the maintenance of the UK’s racialised migration regime. I locate the paradox in the brutal contradictions of border-preserving politics and border-expanding economics that increasingly constrict the life and space available to the migrant. Rather than focus on the discrete act of crossing a border, I center my argument on the intersections of global migration and urban marginalization, and the unpredictable environment of bordering that migrants inhabit. From the perspective of street livelihoods in the urban peripheries of the UK, I examine the multiple forms of racial displacement that dislocate citizenship status, secure work and affordable space.

This event will be chaired by Dr Mara Nogueira (Birkbeck).

The Cities Annual Lecture is kindly sponsored by a bequest from Mark James, in honour of his friend, former alumni and lecturer at Birbeck, the urban planner Peter Hall.

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