Displacement, Belonging, and Longing: Notes on Traveling Heavy​

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Date: Thursday, 30 October 2014 from 6.30-8pm

Venue: Ground Floor 1, Tower One, London School of Economics

Speaker: Prof. Ruth Behar

Chairs: Dr. Ana Gutierrez Garza and Olivia Mena

Travelers are those who go elsewhere because they want to. Immigrants are those who go elsewhere because they have to. Professor Ruth Behar explores these two different contemporary forms of movement across spatial borders. Drawing from a range of family stories and ethnographic travels described in her new book, Traveling Heavy, she will speak about issues of identity and place and the dilemmas of doing research in Cuba.

Ruth Behar, headshot (1)Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in New York. She is the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Among her honors, she is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. Ruth has worked as an ethnographer in Spain, Mexico, and Cuba, and is known for her humanistic approach to understanding identity, immigration, and the search for home in our global era.

This event is hosted by the LSE ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies Seminar Series and is supported by the LSE Department of Sociology, the LSE Department of Anthropology, The LSE Students’ Union, and Mike Savage’s ESRC Professorial Fellowship. For more information visit: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2014/10/20141030t1830vTW1.aspx​.

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 http://www.lse.ac.uk/sociology/research/REPS-PhD-Network-.aspx.

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 http://riotsreframed.com.​

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 www.va-pensiero.org/en/.

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.  http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/staff/gunaratnam/

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: sop02amj@gold.ac.uk

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: http://cosmobelonginglondon.eventbrite.co.uk

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. (http://riotsreframed.com/)

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.