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Upcoming Events

Alternative facts and immigration – fake it til you make it? Workshop at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern 5th Floor, Saturday 18th March 2.45-4.45pm.

Go Home? The politics of immigration control Book Launch 5th April, Manchester Central Library (hosted by Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 5PD. 7.15pm-8.45pm. Further details and registration coming soon!

Previous Events

End of Project Conference 

You can view films of sessions from this conference on our YouTube channel

June 10th, 9.30am – 6.30pm, University of Warwick, Social Sciences Building

Click here to download the programme for the day.

This one day conference is aimed at academics and activists interested in discussing the findings of the Mapping Immigration Controversy project. We want to bring together learning and research within and outside universities, to discuss how government rhetoric and practice on immigration is affecting our everyday lives, and the new forms of resistance that are emerging.

Keynote speakers:
Bridget Anderson, University of Oxford
Rita Chadha, Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London
Suresh Grover,  The Monitoring Group
Georgie Wemyss, University of East London

Panel discussions on:
Activist Research Methodology
State Communications on Immigration

The conference will also include performance and interactive sessions

Free attendance, including lunch, but you need to register at

Two Years On: Impact of Anti-Immigration Campaigns

Wednesday 8th April, 6pm, Southall Town Hall

Ealing and Hounslow feedback event and public meeting organised by Southall Black Sisters and Southall Community Alliance. Sukhwant Dhaliwal will present our findings and the panel will also include: Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters), Rita Chadha (Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London), Charlotte Peel (Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) and Harsav Bain (Southall Community Alliance).

Are we going to be allowed to stay here? Migration, Discrimination, Resistance

Kirsten Forkert presents our findings in a panel including representatives from National Union of Students (NUS), Universities and College Union (UCU), Movement Against Xenophobia, Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Action, and chaired by Hannah Jones. The event is co-sponsored by the New Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at The Drum and NUS. All welcome.

Thursday 19 March 7pm-9pm at The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, B6 4UU Birmingham, United Kingdom

“Go Home? Mapping Immigration Controversy” Breakfast Briefing

Monday 2 March 8am-9.30am at Smith Square Conference Centre, Local Government Association Building, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ

“Are we going to be allowed to stay here?” How are government anti-immigration campaigns affecting Bradford? Bradford Feedback event

Thursday, 11 December from 6pm to 7.30pm at Bradford Resource Centre, 17-21 Chapel St, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 5DT. All welcome.

What do you think about immigration campaigns and debates?: Barking and Dagenham Feedback Event

Tuesday, 2 December 2014 from 17:30 to 19:00 at Barking Learning Centre2 Town Square, Barking IG11 7NB

Register to attend:

Challenging xenophobia in public debate: West Midlands Feedback Event, 20 November 2014

Feedback discussion held at Positive Action in Housing Annual General Meeting, Glasgow Feedback Event, 31st October 2014

In the News

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour discussed issues raised by our research on 19th March 2015.

Our research was covered on Russia Today on 5th March 2015.

The Independent wrote about some of our findings on 1st March 2015.

Our Interim Findings were featured in the Financial Times on 24th November 2014.

Conference papers and invited talks from the project

Detention Forum Salon: “What is immigration enforcement doing to us? Media, ‘Go Home’ vans, and our lives”, 20 Feb 2015, 6:00pm to 8:30pm, Amnesty International, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Kirsten Forkert and Hannah Jones are invited panellists and will discuss the research findings at this event

Critical Migration and Border Studies Conference, 8-10 January 2015,  University of Edinburgh, UK

Yasmin Gunaratnam gave an invited keynote speech entitled “The Making of Immigration Controversies”

Knowledge/Culture/Economy International Conference, 3-5th November 2014, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Hannah Jones gave a paper entitled “‘Which Extremist Group did you say was doing this?’ Government Anti-Immigration Campaigns, ‘Public Opinion’, and Resistance”

“We are here because you were there”: Immigrants’ Responses to the Rise of Anti-Immigrant Discourses in Britain: British Sociological Association Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group Launch Symposium, 31st October 2014, University of Leicester, UK

Hannah Jones was invited to speak about the project on a panel at this event

Workshop on Independence Movements and Migration, 24th October 2014, European Academy, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

Emma Jackson and Hannah Jones gave a paper entitled “‘Go Home’ comes to Glasgow: Anti-anti-immigration rhetoric in the run up to the Scottish Independence referendum”

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference,  26-29th August 2014, London, UK

Kirsten Forkert and Hannah Jones gave a paper entitled “Go Home? Government anti-immigrant advertising and the production of citizenship”

New Racisms: Forms of Un/Belonging in Britain Today, 9 May 2014, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies, UK

Hannah Jones gave a paper entitled “Whose Home? Resonances of exclusion and solidarity in Home Office migration campaigns”

British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2014 23-25th April, University of Leeds, UK

Hannah Jones gave a paper entitled “URGENT! Reflections on Doing ‘Quick-and-dirty’ Research, and on Sociology and Social Action”

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