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Dr Georgie Wemyss

Senior Lecturer

CMRB , Social Sciences

I have been working as a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the Foundation Year in Social Sciences since 2016. I am also Co-Director for the Centre for research on Migration , Refugees and Belonging (CMRB).  

    Georgie Wemyss is Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader for the Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Co-Director at the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging. From 2013 to 2016 she worked  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


    Publications from EUBorderscapes project (mostly written with team partners) 2015-2018:

     

    Wemyss, G.  (2015) ‘Everyday Bordering and Raids Every Day: The Invisible Empire and Metropolitan Borderscapes’ in Borderscaping: Imaginations and Practices of Border Making Chiara Brambilla, Jussi Laine, James W. Scott & Gianluca Bocchi (eds) Farnham: Ashgate, p. 187.

     

    Yuval-Davis, N.  Wemyss, G. Cassidy, K. (2017)  ‘Introduction to the special issue: racialized bordering discourses on European Roma’. Ethnic and Racial Studies. Volume 40, 2017 - Issue 7:

    Pages 1-11 |

     

    Wemyss, G  Cassidy, K. (2017). “People think that Romanians and Roma are the same”: everyday bordering and the lifting of transitional controls. Ethnic and Racial Studies.

    Pages 1-19 

     

    Cassidy, K. Yuval-Davis, N. & Wemyss, G. Debordering and Everyday (Re) bordering in and of Dover: Post-Borderland Borderscapes. Political Geography Special Issue: Intersectional Approaches to Everyday Borderings. Accepted April 2017. Available online 26 April 2017. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629816300610

     

    Yuval-Davis, N. Wemyss, G. & Cassidy, K.  ‘Everyday Bordering, Belonging and the Re-Orientation of British Immigration Legislation’. Sociology. Accepted 20 Feb 2017. First published online 22 May 2017.

     

    Wemyss, G. Yuval-Davis, N & Cassidy K . ‘Beauty and the Beast’: Everyday Bordering and Sham Marriage Discourse. Political Geography. Special Issue: Intersectional Approaches to Everyday Borderings. Accepted 25th May 2017.

     

    Yuval-Davis, N. Wemyss, G. & Cassidy, K.,(2017)  Racialized Bordering Discourses on European Roma . Routledge.

    ISBN: 978-1-138-29567-4

    Webpage: https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138295674

     

    Forthcoming article:

    Cassidy, K. Yuval-Davis, N. & Wemyss, G. Introduction. Political Geography Special Issue Intersectional Approaches to Everyday Borderings

     

    Forthcoming book:

    Yuval-Davis, N. Wemyss, G. & Cassidy, K. (forthcoming, late 2018) Bordering,  Cambridge: Polity Press.

     

    Film:

    Everyday Borders (2015) directed by Orson Nava, researched and produced by Georgie Wemyss. Shown at over 30 venues around the UK and Europe including hosted by MPs and peers at the Houses of Parliament in April 2015. Viewed more than 4000 times on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/126315982

     

    Online articles:

     

    Wemyss, G.  ‘The new Immigration Bill and the criminalization of work and everyday bordering’. Glasgow Refugee and Asylum network (GRAMnet). June 16th 2015. https://gramnet.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/the-new-immigration-bill-the-criminalization-of-work-and-everyday-bordering/

     

    Yuval-Davis, N. , Wemyss, G.  ,Cassidy, K. ‘Changing the racialized ‘common sense’ of everyday bordering’ Open Democracy.  February 2016.

    https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/nira-yuval-davis-georgie-wemyss-kathryn-cassidy/changing-racialized-common-sense-of-everyday-bord

     

    Wemyss, G., Cassidy, K and Yuval-Davis, N. ‘Welcome to Britain in 2017, where everybody is expected to be a border guard’. The Conversation. April 7, 2017 11.52am BST

    https://theconversation.com/welcome-to-britain-in-2017-where-everybody-is-expected-to-be-a-border-guard-75148

     

     

    Earlier publications:

     

    Wemyss, G. (2014). ‘Activist Listening’ in Sukhwant Dhaliwal and Nira Yuval Davis (eds), Women Against Fundamentalism: Stories of Dissent and Solidarity. Lawrence & Wishart.


    (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