Georgie Wemyss

Dr Georgie Wemyss

Senior Lecturer

CMBR and Social Sciences

Department of Social Sciences , School of Law and Social Sciences

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the Foundation Year in Social Sciences, and Co-Director for the Centre for Research on Migration , Refugees and Belonging (CMRB).


  • 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

Areas Of Interest

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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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 EU Borderscapes 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', University of London from 2007 to 2011.


EUBorderscapes Project

Recent related 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 -
  • The Invisible Empire: white discourse, tolerance and belonging . Aldermaston: Ashgate. - (

Areas of Interest and 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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Foundation Year in Social Sciences

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