REPS Fall Film Screenings @ LSE

Please join us at the London School of Economics for the October REPS PhD Network’s Fall Film Screenings of “Riots Reframed” and “Va’ Pensiero” which will be followed by Q&A sessions with the directors and discussion. For more information or to find out about other upcoming events in the LSE REPS Seminar Series please visit

Riots Reframed

Wednesday, 8th October 2014 at 6:30
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building at the LSE (NAB.LG.01)

Screening followed by a conversation with Director Fahim Alam. The discussion will be chaired by Dr. Suki Ali (LSE Sociology).

ATT_1408702221662_RR_vector.2Riots Reframed is a feature-length documentary which reframes England’s 2011 riots through voices of resistance – threading these perspectives together using moody instrumentals, dramatic monologue and raw spoken word. Riots Reframed is a poetic but fierce challenge to the system we live under—a radical social commentary grounded in knowledge and art that synthesises a number of voices, from prominent social, cultural and political analysts, to prisoners still recovering from time inside. To learn more about the film visit​

Va’ Pensiero – Walking Stories: A Dagmawi Yimer Film

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 at 6:30 pm
Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building at the LSE (NAB LG.09)

Screening followed by conversation with Director Dagmawi Yimer (via Skype) and Alessandro Triulzi the president of the Migrant Memories Archive.

Va’ Pensiero – Walking stories is an interwoven account of two racist attacks in Milan and Florence and the victims’ painful attempts to piece the fragments of their lives back together. This powerful account brings together the overlapping stories of the three protagonists’ ordeal and their enduring hope of building a life in Italy, despite the fear and uncertainty of suddenly being plunged back to the moment of the attacks by one look or gesture. To learn more about the film visit

Languages: Italian and Wolof with English subtitles

This event is sponsored by the LSE Department of Sociology and made possible with support from the LSE Student’s Union.

Book Launch ‘Lives in Motion’ 25 Sept @ Goldsmiths, London

Thurs 25 Sept 2014, 3.30pm, WTA, Goldsmiths, University of London

The Sociology PhD party will be launching a new book by one of our doctorate students Angelo Martins Junior who has authored

‘Lives in Motion: notebooks of an immigrant in London’ (2014, published by Whyte Tracks).

Based on ethnographic research with Brazilians working in the service sector in London, this book presents a documentary narrative of lives, journeys and stories of people on the move, presenting tales of both triumph and woe.

Discussant: Yasmin Gunaratnam (Sociology Dept, Goldsmiths), author of Death of the Migrant: bodies, borders and care (2013),Narrative & Stories in Health Care and Researching Race and Ethnicity: Methods, Knowledge and Power (2003). She is a member of both the Media Diversified and Feminist Review collectives.

Chair of discussion: Nirmal Puwar (Sociology Dept, Goldsmiths), author of Space Invaders: race, gender and bodies out of place (2003) and Curating Sociology (forthcoming. She has co-edited 15 collections and is Co-Director of the Methods Lab.

Thurs 25 Sept 2014, 3.30pm, WTA, Goldsmiths, University of London, Lewisham Way, New Cross, London SE14 6NW.

For further details of this event email:

Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Book Launch and Seminar – 23 September @ Goldsmiths, London

Tuesday, 23rd September, 4pm-6pm, Goldsmiths, University of London

What does it mean to belong in a place, or more than one place? Come and explore this question and more at a series of seminars launching the exciting new volume, Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location. The book brings together work from interdisciplinary scholars researching home, migration and belonging, and using their original research to argue for greater attention to how feeling and emotion are deeply embedded in social structures and power relations.


Emma Jackson, Urban Studies, University of Glasgow and Hannah Jones, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, Creeping familiarities and cosmopolitan futures

Suzanne Hall, Department of Sociology, LSE, Emotion, Location and Urban Regeneration

Adam Kaasa, Royal College of Architecture, Revolutionary Affect: Feeling Modern in Mexico City

Anamik Saha, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths and Sophie Watson, Department of Sociology, The Open University, Ambivalent Affect/Emotion: Conflicted Discourses of Multicultural Belonging

Respondent: Yasmin Gunaratnam, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths

Chair: Alex Rhys-Taylor, Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths

The event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Weston Atrium of the Stuart Hall Building 6-7pm.

More information and registration through this link:

This event is part of a series of seminars launching a new book, Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location.



Riots Reframed Documentary Screening – Manchester, 17 September


“The only time non-violence is admired is when the Negroes practice it.” James Baldwin

Three years have passed since the ‘riots’ that shook England following the shooting of Mark Duggan at the hands of the Metropolitan police. But as Ferguson burns across the Atlantic following the shooting of Michael Brown and yet another inquiry exposes the endemic corruption within the Metropolitan Police force here in the UK, it is perhaps an appropriate moment to revisit the legacy of the 2011 UK riots.

The Sociology Department at the University of Manchester, in association with the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and the Race, Ethnicity and Postcolonial Studies (REPS) network is delighted to invite you to a screening of Fahim Alam’s  documentary, Riots Reframed. (

The film pieces together the stories of those involved, whose voices all but disappeared amongst the moral panic in the media and amongst politicians and policy makers in the immediate aftermath of the uprisings.  Furthermore, the film also looks at the experiences of those who experienced the sharp end of the UK ‘justice’ system afterwards.
Following the film there will be a panel discussion. An exciting list of panellists is currently being finalised and further details will be sent out shortly.

The event will start at 5.00 at Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square, Manchester on Wednesday 17 September 2014.

Refreshments will be provided.

Call for papers

‘Race’, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies (REPS) PhD symposium
London Metropolitan University
6-7 June 2013

You are invited to participate in the fourth annual ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies (REPS) PhD symposium. Building on the success of recent years, the REPS symposium provides a forum for PhD students to exchange ideas, present new work, receive constructive feedback from scholars and work collaboratively with peers across disciplines and institutions. Experienced academics from the participating universities will chair sessions. Past chairs include: Claire Alexander, Les Back, Chetan Bhatt, Caroline Knowles, Anshuman Mondal, Paul Gilroy, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Michael Keith, Nirmal Puwar, Liza Schuster and John Solomos.

Presentations may be based on recently completed, in progress or planned research broadly related to issues and debates in ‘race’, ethnicity and post-colonial studies. The symposium will be hosted at the London Metropolitan University and will take place over two full days: Thursday 6th and Friday 7th June 2013. Participants are expected to attend both days.

We especially invite presentations on the place and possibilities of REPS with respect to, and in the context of, the neoliberalisation of higher education as well as increased policing in and of educational institutions. We hope to facilitate an open discussion around these issues towards the end of the symposium and we encourage students researching these issues, whether historically or contemporarily, in the UK or abroad, to share their ideas.

The event is free and lunch and refreshments will be provided on both days
. Unfortunately there is no budget for travel and accommodation – expenses related to these remain the responsibility of participants.

Participants will have 15 minutes to present their work. Eligible formats include: Sole-authored papers; Co-authored papers; Dialogues between two or more participants around a ‘REPS’-themed paper or discussion topic; Film; Art work; Posters.

Inputs will be clustered into sessions chaired by academics with opportunities for questions, answers and discussion in a supportive environment.

The deadline for title, abstracts and short bio (maximum 250 words in total) is 1pm 29 March 2013. Please ensure that the abstract highlights both the content and format of your input.

To submit titles and abstracts, or for further information, please contact the organising committee

REPS 2013 is organised by a committee of PhD students from the following institutions

  • London Metropolitan University, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Brunel University, Department of Sociology & Communications
  • City University, Department of Sociology
  • Queen Mary, Business School
  • Goldsmiths, Department of Sociology
  • London School of Economics, Department of Sociology