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School of English and Drama

Migrant London in the Age of Neoliberalism

22 May 2014

Time: 6:00pm
Venue: ArtsOne Lecture Theatre

For more than the past hundred years Queen Mary has existed in the heart of migrant London, and the College has an impressive history of researching migration as a social phenomenon and in intervening in public debate. Given the intensification of migration in the present epoch, it is timely to re-launch the Centre and to invite those concerned about migration, from QMUL and from further afield, to attend this first event in what we hope will signal a revivified future for the Centre.

At this re-launch Brian Chikwava will address the question of migrant labour in contemporary London. He is the author of the magnificent novel Harare North, published by Vintage in 2009, which re-imagines the hallucinogenic, dispossessed lives of Zimbabwean migrants and refugees in Brixton. As Maggie Gee has noted, this is fiction which ‘turns the London you know upside down’. He will be in conversation with Dr Rachael Gilmour of the School of English and Drama.

A reception will follow the lecture.

Click here for a flyer [PDF 73KB] about the event.

We look forward to welcoming any QM colleagues who are currently working on migration, or who have plans for future work. A follow-up meeting, to discuss future activities, will take place on Tuesday 3 June at 4.00 – 6.00 in ArtsOne 316. Please contact Bill Schwarz for details (

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