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Dr Georgie Wemyss

Senior Research Fellow

CMRB , Social Sciences

I have been working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for research on Migration , Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) since 2013. I also teach on the Sociology and Anthropology programmes.

    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

    Overview




    Current research is in the context of th EUBorderscapes Project:
    http://www.euborderscapes.eu/index.php?id=description
    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
    http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/south-asian-resistances-in-britain-1858-1947-9781441117564/
    (2009)The Invisible Empire: white discourse, tolerance and belonging . Aldermaston: Ashgate.
    http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754673477
    http://www.uel.ac.uk/cmrb/documents/InvisibleEmpireDec2009.pdf


    Collaborators

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    Research

    (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
    http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/south-asian-resistances-in-britain-1858-1947-9781441117564/

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

    Publications


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


    Interests




    Royal Anthropological Institute (Member since 2004)
    British Sociological Association (Member since 2007)

    Teaching