Thursday 19 November, 14:15 - 16:00
Migration Seminar The Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series: Rethinking Disaster Nationalism – lessons from a pandemic
The Migration Society 2.0 Lecture Series:
Rethinking Disaster Nationalism – lessons from a pandemic
Bridget Anderson is Director of Migration Mobilities Bristol (https://migration.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/) and Professor of Mobilities, Migration and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. Her interests include citizenship, nationalism, immigration enforcement (including ‘trafficking’), and care labour. Books include Us and Them? The Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls (OUP, 2013). Although now an academic Bridget started her working life in the voluntary sector working with migrant domestic workers, and she has retained an interest in domestic labour and migration. She has worked closely with migrants' organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level.
“Disaster Nationalism” is a phrase coined by Richard Seymour to describe the growth of nationalism drawing on fears of annihilation to fuel anti-political campaigns that disorientate public debate and undermine liberal institutions. Its power was already manifest in Trump, Brexit and Bolsonaro. The pandemic and responses to it can throw fuel on the fire of nationalist imaginaries and fears of invasion and disease, but it can also give us new ways of thinking about human movements and connections. In this presentation I will consider some of the lessons we can learn from COVID-19 about mobility and justice and thinking beyond the nation.
The seminar will be held in English and via zoom. More information at mau.se/mim