Go Home? Launch.

Saturday 17th June 18:30 at Birmingham

In July 2013, the UK government arranged for a van to drive through parts of London carrying the message 'In the UK illegally? GO HOME or face arrest.' This book tells the story of what happened next.

The vans were short-lived, but they were part of an ongoing trend in government-sponsored communication designed to demonstrate toughness on immigration. The authors set out to explore the effects of such performances: on policy, on public debate, on pro-migrant and anti-racist activism, and on the everyday lives of people in Britain. This book presents their findings, and provides insights into the practice of conducting research on such a charged and sensitive topic.

We will be joined in store by Hannah Jones, Kirsten Forkert, Nirmal Puwar and Dave Stamp with some special guests, Members of Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Association (BARA) and Coventry Asylum and Refugee Association (CARAG), discussing this important book.

Hannah Jones is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. She writes, researches and teaches about racism, belonging, inequality, and socially engaged research.

Kirsten Forkert is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media at Birmingham City University. Her research interests focus on the connections between austerity and xenophobia, and and how social movements can challenge them.

Nirmal Puwar is a Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research focuses on postcolonialism, institutions, race and gender and critical methodologies. She is the Co-Director of the Methods Lab.

Dave Stamp is the Project Manager for Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team (ASIRT), a not-for-profit OISC-regulated advocacy organisation which provides legal support and representation to asylum seekers and other undocumented migrants in the West Midlands.

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Birmingham Waterstones, Birmingham
Saturday 17th June 18:30

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