Belonging in a post-Brexit-vote Britain: researching race, ethnicity and migration in a changing landscape

A BSA Early Career Forum Event

9 May 2017
The University of Sheffield, UK

A one-day conference hosted by the Department of Sociological Studies (in collaboration with the British Sociological Association and the University's Migration Research Network) will be held at The University of Sheffield on the 9 May 2017.

This event seeks to bring together early career and established academics, to share knowledge and experiences in the unique research environment resulting from the UK electorate's decision to leave the EU. According to the UN, campaigns advocating a leave vote presented a 'divisive, anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric' (Stone, 2016) and in the three weeks following the vote there was a 20% increase in reported race related hate crime in the UK (BBC, 2016). As Brexit campaigners stated that leaving the EU would make 'Britain Great Again', anti-migrant and xenophobic narratives conflated, implying that migration threatens Britishness. Sociologically, in this context, the boundary between historically distinct fields (migration research and race and ethnicity research) becomes blurred. This event provides a timely opportunity to examine the interface between these fields and consider directions for future research.

Plenary speakers:

  • Professor Sarah Neal, The University of Sheffield
  • Dr Jon Fox, University of Bristol
  • Professor Louise Ryan, The University of Sheffield

Call for Papers

Paper proposals are invited from early career researchers that explore one or more of the following themes:

  • Researching migration, race and ethnicity: methodological challenges
  • The implications of Brexit for:

-   Connectivity between communities
-   Status, citizenship and the law
-   Economic insecurities for migrant populations
-   Identities and belonging

Paper proposals should be submitted to Dr Will Mason by 20 March 2017 and should include a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, keywords and a brief biographical note (75 words). 

Please note: that as the focus of the conference is Early Career Research, on this occasion, we will not be accepting abstracts from PhD students.