Brexit means Brexit means ‘Go Home’ (Gurminder K. Bhambra)

Date(s) - 03/11/2016
18:00 - 19:00

CLM 5.02, Clement House, London School of Economics

Gurminder K. Bhambra

UPDATE (Tuesday 25 October): Please note that due to high demand this event will now take place in CLM 5.02, Clement House.

We are very pleased to announce the first event in our 2016/2017 Seminar Series on ‘Ethnicity and Nationalism in Post-Brexit Britain’, where Professor Gurminder K. Bhambra (University of Warwick) will present her forthcoming paper on the sociological dimensions of the British vote to leave the European Union and the racialized discourses at work around it.

Paper abstract:

“The concepts we use in political debates, matter. The shape of those concepts that is, the ways in which they are configured in relation to the highlighting of particular histories and the silencing of others matter. They matter because, in the process of shaping, people become bodies in, or out, of place and their movements facilitated (as citizens) or constrained (as migrants) as a consequence.

This paper is prompted by the fall out of the British vote to leave the European Union. The referendum was less a debate on the pros and cons of membership than a proxy for discussions about race and migration; specifically, who belonged and had rights (or should have rights) and who didn’t (and shouldn’t).

One of the key slogans of those arguing for exit from the EU was: we want our country back. The racialized discourses at work here were not only present explicitly in the politics of the event; they are implicit in much social scientific analysis. Populist political claims are mirrored by an equivalent social scientific presentism that elides proper historical context. In this paper, I discuss the importance of understanding Brexit in the context of an historical sociological understanding that would enable us to make better sense of the politics of the present.”

This event will take place at 1800 on Thursday 3 November 2016 in CLM 5.02 (Clement House), London School of Economics. A map of the venue can be found here.

This is a free public event. However, we ask that you please confirm your attendance by emailing the Seminar Series Chair, Iro Konstantinou, at