The Exit Lectures 1

THURS 11 MAY 2017 7 - 9PM

Organised by Clara Dublanc and Alina Muller

About the Event

The first in a series of events inviting leading scholars, writers and artists to reflect on the question - who are we becoming?

Join us for lectures, conversation and photography that will look at how ideas of free movement, citizenship, national identity and Empire play out in the context of Britain’s planned exit from the European Union.

Each evening will start with a brief summary of the latest political developments, followed by two lectures and Q&A with the speakers. We will finish with a short performance or photography presentation.

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In this time of rapid political change, The Exit Lectures is a forum for engaging with some of the complex ideas that permeate politics and policy and how these influence our day to day life.

Thursday 11th May, 7 - 9pm

 Presentation of work from Autograph archive

 Lecture 1: Who Were We? From Empire to the EU and Back Again? by Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick

 Lecture 2: Free Movement: How Will We Manage Without It? by Colin Yeo, immigration barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London, founder of the Free Movement immigration law blog

• Closing performance: Being British by Deanna Rodgers

The event will chaired by Ruth Grove-White, policy analyst and campaigner on immigration issues.

About the speakers

Gurminder K Bhambra is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK, and Guest Professor of Sociology and History at Concurrences Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at Linnaeus University, Sweden. She was Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris in March 2017. She is author of Rethinking Modernity: Postcolonialism and the Sociological Imagination (Palgrave, 2007) and Connected Sociologies (Bloomsbury 2014) and is currently working on reconceptualizing citizenship in the light of understandings of race and colonialism.

Colin Yeo is a specialist immigration barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law blog - a popular resource in the UK immigration law sector, widely read by lawyers, judges and members of the public. Colin’s work covers the full range of immigration law, from asylum cases through to EU free movement law, thorny nationality law issues and representing high net worth clients and businesses.

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Deanna Rodgers is an international writer, performer and facilitator. She co-curates two leading spoken word events: Chill Pill and Come Rhyme With Me and is on the board of Safe Ground.
Commissions include: Under The Skin (St Paul’s Cathedral), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Women Who Spit (BBC IPlayer) and Buckingham Palace (NYT).
Her debut poetry collection will be released Summer 2017.

Ruth Grove-White is a policy analyst and campaigner on immigration issues for over a decade, working with NGOs, think tanks and intergovernmental organisations. She is currently coordinating a programme of Brexit-related advocacy work for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

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Image: Howard Grey, untitled #1, Arrival Portfolio,1962. Courtesy Autograph ABP Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.