London Metropolitan University Research Institutes


Inaugural Lecture, Professor Lyn Thomas

Working-class whiteness from within and without: an auto-ethnographical response to Avtar Brah's "Scent of Memory"

Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 6pm
Henry Thomas Room~
Tower Building
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB

A reception will follow the lecture.

Places are limited so please register via Eventbrite:


Irish in Britain Seminar Series 2012
8-29 May 2012

Irish Migration to Britain has increased significantly in the last three years.  The way in which this and the experiences of previous generations of Irish migrants have been reflected and mediated through literature and culture is a growing dimension of Irish Studies.  This year's seminar series aims to examine the way in which writers, film-makers and bloggers have negotiated the complex diasporic networks and identities that have characterized Irish migration to Britain since the Second World War.
More information available here


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Damhnait Rumney
ISET Administrator
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB



ISET European Interdisciplinary Seminar Series, Spring 2012
Queering Migrations: orientations, rights and sexualities in motion
Friday 24 February 2012, 2-6pm, T1-20, Tower Building

The queer deconstruction of heternormativity is a strategic tool to study the nexus between migration, gender and sexuality.  Its intersectional focus on gender, sexuality and materiality potentially allows a better understanding of the social mobilities, identities and divisions underpinning migration. 

During this half day workshop we explored the theoretical and methodological potential offered by queer analyses of the nexus between migration and sexual orientations.  We also discussed the complex entanglement of rights and identities characterising the experience of people claiming asylun on the grounds of their sexual orientation and gender identity in the UK.

The workshop brought together the unique combination of scholars and practitioners addressing these issues from a variety of academic disciplines and fields in the UK.

Panel 1: Queer mobilities, methodologies and intersections
Jon Binnie, Manchester Metropolitan University
Like a Bomb in the Gasoline Station’: East-West Migration and Transnational Activism around Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Politics in Poland – co-authored with Chris Klesse
Leticia Sabsay, The Open University
Queering Nationalisms?  The politics of ‘queer’ as a migrant signifier
Nick Mai, ISET, London Metropolitan University
The fractal queerness of non-heteronormative migrant sex workers in the UK sex industry

Panel 2: Framing non-heteronormative migration and asylum in the UK
Calogero Giametta, ISET, London Metropolitan University
The making of Knowable and Liberated Subjectivities in Queer Asylum Cases in the UK
S.Chelvan, Barrister, No 5 Chambers and King’s College London
Analysing homo and hetero normativities in the narratives of lesbian and gay asylum seekers in the United Kingdom
Erin Power, UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group-UKLGIG
Translating Queer Migration Histories into LGBTI Asylum Cases


ISET would like to invite you to a prize-giving seminar on Wednesday 7 December 2011 between 6-8 pm at London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB in the Old Staff Cafe (T1-20)

We are proud to host the awarding of the Peter Gowan Prize for his MA International Relations dissertation. The prize will be awarded to Roberto Orsi who will give a talk on: 'Habermas, the European Union and the Future of European Integration’

Roberto's talk will be followed by discussion and the award of the prize by Professor Mike Newman and Dr Marko Bojcun, Course Tutor of the MA in European Studies.

Roberto Orsi was awarded an MA in International Relations at London Metropolitan University in 2008. His winning dissertation was on:  Habermas and the European Union: Exegisis of Habermas’s view on the European Integration Project and Its Future. He is currently a PhD Candidate and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the London School of Economics.

ESRC Festival of Social Science 2011 - 29 October to 5 November 2011

Professor Mary J Hickman and Dr Nick Mai were each awarded funding to hold a public event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2011. The objectives are to celebrate the diversity of ESRC research by promoting and increasing awareness of ESRC and social science, and its impact on UK society and increase public awareness, understanding and engagement with social science amongst the UK population, in particular the public and young people.

Dr Nick Mai's event was hosted by Londonmet on 31 October 2011
For more information:
In whose name? Migration, Sex Work and Trafficking

Professor Mary Hickman's event was held in Birmingham on 1 November 2011
For more information:
Counter terrorism and Irish and Muslim communities


Irish Writers in London Summer School 2011
9 June  to 15 July 2011 
Five Guest Writers will speak on the following dates:
June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14. 
6-8.30pm  T120. 
For more information or contact
Dr Tony Murray 020 7133 2593


Irish in Britain Seminar Series 2011 
The recent upturn in Irish migration indicates that Britain continues to be one of the most favoured destinations of Irish migrants into the 21st Century
More information 
contact or Dr Tony Murray 020 7133 2593


New Dimensions in Citizenship
ISET European Interdisciplinary Spring Seminar Series  
Intimate Citizenship: an agenda for research and politics
Dr Sasha Roseneil,
Professor of Sociology and Social Theory, Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, London
Wednesday 30 March 2011 
6pm to 7.30pm
Old Staff cafe T120

28 February to 31 March 2011 
Home Away From Home: London’s Irish County Associations 
Collaborative Exhibition with the Council of Irish County Associations
The exhibition included a display of documents and artefacts. 
London Irish Centre, Camden


7 March to 25 March 2011 
Home Away From Home: London’s Irish County Associations (tbc) 
Collaborative Exhibition with the Council of Irish County Associations

The exhibition comprised of panels with text and images 
City Hall Cafe London


How to combine Integration and Diversities? The Challenge of a European Union Multicultural Citizenship
Dr Marco Martiniello,
Director, Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies, University of Liège, Belgium.

Wednesday 9 March 2011 
6pm to 7.30pm
Old Staff cafe T120

Sexual and Bodily Citizenship 
Dr Joyce Outshoorn,
Professor of Women's Studies, University of Leiden, Netherlands.
Wednesday 16 March 2011 
6pm to 7.30pm
Old Staff cafe T120

Disability and Vulnerability; a disability politics perspective 
Dr Angharad Beckett,
Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, Leeds University, UK.

Tuesday 22 March 2011 
6pm to 7.30pm
Old Staff cafe T120

Monday 31 January 2010
Migrations of Class: Bev Skeggs and Ben Rogaly
At a time when class differences are simultaneously denied and magnified in moral panics (about ‘broken Britain’, the ‘feral underclass’ and so on) this seminar addresses the issue of class in contemporary Britain.  In their exploration of representations and lived experiences of class. Bev Skeggs and Ben Rogaly make a crucial and timely intervention as inequalities are deepened and access to education, jobs and welfare threatened.  

‘Indigenous’ transnationalism: life geographies of the ‘white working class’
Ben Rogaly

White middle-class journalists portray white working-class people in England either as irredeemably racist or as an indigenous tribe under threat of extinction. In both cases they are fixed – they do not (in some portrayals cannot) move either socially or spatially but rather respond to the presence of mobile newcomers in their midst, often people of colour. Drawing on joint work with Becky Taylor, I argue first that, although the high degree of inequality in contemporary Britain and the barriers to social mobility have been well-documented, their effects are not confined to any particular ethnicised or racialised group. Secondly, class is inherently relational: classes are co-produced - both in material/occupational terms and as identifications – a study of a single class does not make sense without reference to other classes. Thirdly, by asking people seen by media commentators as by definition not- immigrants about their own connections across space, including memories of lives lived elsewhere, we can develop a deeper understanding of how identities based on class, ‘race’, ethnicity and nation are made. This presentation delves into the memories of white working class English people about their own and others’ translocal and transnational connections from the 1940s to the present day.

Ben Rogaly teaches in the Department of Geography at the University of Sussex. His most recent book (with Becky Taylor) Moving Histories of Class and Community: Identity, Place and Belonging in Contemporary England was published in 2009 by Palgrave.

Class relations: fear and desire, affect stripping and distancing
Bev Skeggs

The basic principle that one person's gain is another's loss is a key premise for understanding class, be it the Marxist understanding of exploitation and the use of a person's energy and time to make profit or the weberian use of status and property distinctions to gain advantage.
What I'm interested in exploring is why in the contemporary climate when the middle-classes have achieved such advantage in comparison to the working classes (through the welfare state - education, law, social services) do they take such delight in denigrating those over whom they have considerable advantage? I'll explore through a research project how hate, contempt and denigration work to shape class relations. But also how the working-class are also used as a cultural source for replenishing middle-class culture. I'll also ask why so little attention is paid
to the affective dimensions of class relations.

Bev Skeggs is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her publications include Formations of Class and Gender: Becoming Respectable (1997) and Class, Self and Culture (2004). She has recently completed an ESRC project: Making Class through Televised Ethical Scenarios with Helen Wood and Nancy Thumin.


10 January 2011 
Stepping Stones to Political Representation for Ethnic Minority Women
Ethnic Minority Women's Organisations and Political Representation
FEMCIT EU Project Networking and Discussion Day


Monday 13 December 2010
Major UK feminist organisations debate:
Do women in Europe enjoy full citizenship?
Debate Organised by the National Alliance of Women's Organisations - NAWO
Co-hosted by London Metropolitan University
& the European Commission in the UK


European Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Autumn 2009 Sustaining Diversities

Principal Investigator: Dr. Nick Mai
The launch of the ESRC-funded research took place on 10 July 2009
To read the First Findings, view the film of the presentation or for more information about the project click here







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