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Dr Wemyss, Georgie

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Position: Senior Research Fellow

Location: EB.G.01.B Docklands Campus

Telephone: +44 (0)208 223 2300


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University of East London
Dockland Campus
4-6 university Way
London E16 2RD

Brief biography

Georgie Wemyss is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging. She is currently working on the EUBorderscapes project, investigating the evolving concepts of state borders in Europe. Her interest in the everyday processes of bordering grew out of her D.Phil ethnographic research about Britishness and belonging together with insights gained from 20 years teaching social anthropology to adults returning to education in East London. Previously she worked as a youth worker in Tower Hamlets and lived in India and Bangladesh where she studied at the Bangla Academy. Her book, The Invisible Empire: White Discourse, Tolerance and Belonging explores how differing narratives of Britishness obscure colonial histories in ways that work against the belonging of second and third generation British citizens in the present. She was an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Migration at the University of Surrey from 2005 to 2007 and Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths College from 2007 to 2011.


  • University College London, BA in Anthropology and Geography 1982
  • Institute of Education, University of London, PGCE (Distinction) 1988
  • University of Sussex, MA in Social Anthropology 1992
  • University of Sussex, D.Phil in Social Anthropology 2004

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Areas of Interest/Summary of Expertise

  • Borders and everyday processes of bordering
  • Politics of remembering
  • British empire histories
  • Citizenship and belonging
  • Racism
  • Politics of religious fundamentalisms
  • Ethnographic methodology
  • Adult education

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Current research and publications

Current research is in the context of th EUBorderscapes Project:

Recent related research includes:

(2011) 'Littoral Struggles, Liminal Lives: Indian Merchant Seafarers' Resistances' in Ahmed, R. and Mukherjee, S. (eds) South Asian Resistances in Britain, 1858 - 1947, London: Continuum

(2009)The Invisible Empire: white discourse, tolerance and belonging . Aldermaston: Ashgate.


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Other scholarly activities

Royal Anthropological Institute (Member since 2004)

British Sociological Association (Member since 2007)

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Introduction to The Invisible Empire: White Discourse, Tolerance and Belonging:


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