Race class and citizenship following Brexit to be explored at free public event

Our University will host a free public event on Wednesday 22 February which will seek to understand the implications of Brexit in relation to race, class and citizenship.

Dr Ipek Demir, Associate Professor from our School of Media, Communication and Sociology, will chair the seminar.

Dr Demir said: “Race, class and citizenship are three critical issues of our times which also relate to immigration, including who is allowed to belong, who is allowed to have legitimate grievances, and who is excluded.”

Dr Leah Bassel said: “Now, more than ever, we need to question our common sense understandings of citizenship and belonging.

“With the UK referendum lines have been drawn and redrawn between 'Us' and 'Them'. The violence and exclusion that led to citizenship as we know it have been ignored while new hierarchies of belonging have been created.

“This event will be an important opportunity to explore these issues in Leicester, a city shaped by its own unique history of migration.”

The lecture is free and open to all and will take place between 4.00pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday 22 February at Bankfield House Lecture Theatre, 132 New Walk, Leicester.