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A Town of Immigrants or an Anti-Immigration Town?

5 October 2017 5:00 pm



As policies of austerity, anti-migration and discourses of ‘terror’ have become a core feature of politics in post-Brexit Britain, this study evening asks what it means to live in a town which voted ‘leave’ in the EU Referendum, while having one of the highest proportions of asylum seekers in the UK. The event’s title, in part, comes from a timeline of Middlesbrough made by our publics in 2015.

Drawing on issues and concepts raised in The Place Is Here exhibition, a range of participants explore identity and race. We discuss the history of migration in Teesside and experiences of identity in the town and further afield as we see a rise in intolerant sentiment across Europe and the United States of America.

Matthew Feldman, Professor in the Modern History of Ideas, Teesside University, sets the scene with reflections on the current political climate. Tosh Warwick, Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University and Heritage Development Officer, Middlesbrough Council presents an overview of the history of migration in Middlesbrough through a case study of the town’s ‘little Harlem’, Canon Street.

Marsha Garrett, activist and Project Officer, All in Youth, reflects on personal experiences as well as research on language around Brexit, and recent events in Charlottesville, USA, to consider whether genuine equality can be achieved in a white society. Artist Said Adrus shares reflections on his work currently on show within The Place Is Here and his practice today, focusing on contexts of intolerance and issues of belonging within diaspora communities.


Please RSVP to K.Densham@tees.ac.uk.



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