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IRiS webinar: Cities of Fears, Cities of Hopes by Professor Nasar Meer, University of Edinburgh

Social Sciences
Monday 21st September 2020 (14:00-15:00)
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Professor Nasar Meer

Can local and city level approaches reproduce or challenge national level policy and rhetoric on refugees and displacement?

In this Zoom webinar organised by the University of Birmingham's Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) Professor Nasar Meer explores the need to re-think two coterminous concerns: the rediscovery of the ‘local’ and the city in particular, and an understanding of the experience of displaced migration in Europe.

Drawing on Bauman’s (2003) distinction between ‘cities of fears’ and ‘cities of hopes’, he will ask what a focus on the ’local’ can tell us about recent developments in the governance of displaced migrants and refugees. Taking a multi-sited approach spanning cases in the south and north of Europe, Nasar will discuss the challenge of housing and accommodation in particular, to consider how local and city level approaches may reproduce, negotiate and sometimes significantly diverge from national level policy and rhetoric, and what these means for our understanding of cities and displaced migration today.

Zoom details will be sent to all registrants nearer the time.

About the speaker

Nasar Meer is Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship at the University of Edinburgh and Editor in Chief of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. 

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