Northern Notes

Roxana Barbulescu is University Academic Fellow at University of Leeds. Her research examines social inclusion and postnational nationhood through citizenship, migrant integration, asylum and anti-racist policies and practices. Adrian Favell is Chair in Sociology and Social Theory at University of Leeds http://www.adrianfavell.com/  The freedom of movement of persons in the...

Anca Gheaus is a moral and political philosopher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She is mostly interested in gender justice and in justice in childrearing. One of her current projects is to write a book about gender norms: what is wrong with them and how to change them....

Lucy Mayblin’s new book Asylum and Impoverishment. Social Policy and Slow Violence, Routledge 2020 revisits Britain’s policy towards asylum seekers and discusses how the insufficient financial support they receive puts them amongst the most deprived and impoverished in society. Dr Lucy Mayblin is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield....

In the final post of 2019, three Masters students in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds write about their applied project research. Their contribution is prefaced with a brief introduction by Professor Sarah Irwin, programme lead for the MSc Inequalities and Social Science.  ...

In this post, Adriaan van Klinken reflects on the politics of sexuality in Kenya, often misrepresented by Eurocentric accounts of Africa as ‘Europe’s Other’. Van Klinken is Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds. Among many other publications, he is the author of Kenyan, Christian, Queer:...

Dr Sarah Marusek of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds reflects on a recent dialogue about decolonisation held at the university. She reaffirms the importance, topicality and complexity of this theme by articulating several critical views expressed by scholars from various disciplines and institutions...

Doctoral Researcher Izram Chaudry reflects on obstacles to the attainment and retention of BME staff and students in higher education. I recently revisited my ‘old stomping ground’, Leeds Beckett University, for the Annual Race Lecture organised by the University’s Race Equality Forum. The keynote speaker was Mr Amatey Doku, a...

Written by Dr. Jack Palmer In this post, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Jack Palmer discusses two events, held during the week of 9th-13th September 2019, to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Zygmunt Bauman’s Modernity and the Holocaust (1989). First, a two-day symposium in Leeds organised by the...

By Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli In this post, Rodanthi reflects on the problematic populist uses of popular-cultural personas by the UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in the context of Brexit negotiations. Exiting (?) the political with a Ball The parasitic nature of politics on popular culture is old news: in the...

In this post, two of this year’s undergraduate dissertation prize winners, Aleyna Prokudina and Molly Turrell, tell us more about their award winning research. Unpacking the Black Box: Algorithmic regulation and the European management of borders and mobilities by Aleyna Prokudina Commonly referred to as the ‘Fortress Europe’, Western borders...