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My personal election day as a citizen without a vote – and its aftermath

The day of the election on 8 June I had to travel to Leeds. I thus passed ‘my’ polling station early in the morning, feeling reassured that some voters already went in and came out. As this is only theoretically … Continue reading

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The Manchester Migration Lab – a reflection on journeys and the language we use to categorize them

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester at some point last year decided Manchester should become a beacon for research on migration – and made a substantial commitment to and initial investment into setting up the Manchester Migration … Continue reading

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Personal reflections on Brexit II on the day President Obama gave his farewell in Berlin

About a week after the second major political shock of the year 2016, first the Brexit vote in June that triggered my first personal reflection on the theme, followed by the election of Donald Trump as next US President, President … Continue reading

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From ‘international scholar’ to ‘so-called expert’? – Reflections on the second International Conference on Eritrean Studies in Asmara

A few days ago, a little after midnight, once everybody had finished their work-shift, a group of young women and a few men gathered for an elaborated coffee ceremony in the Eritrean capital Asmara. They were joyful, giggled, showed around … Continue reading

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Solidarity in times of the ‘refugee crisis’: the emergence of a politics of resistance?

Even as – at least when listening to the media – it seems that Europe faces a unique challenge with the increasing numbers of refugees (or as the British media prefers to call them, towing the government line, migrants), who … Continue reading

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Premeditated murder – the manufacturing of death by EU asylum and migration politics

This post was first published as a Manchester Policy Blog (in a slightly amended form), see http://blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/posts/2015/04/the-manufacturing-of-death-by-eu-asylum-and-migration-politics/ It has become a defining feature of European asylum and migration policy in recent years: boats full to bursting with desperate people trying … Continue reading

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Would the 99% please stand up against ‘free’ schools! What has become of education as a human right – instead of a middle class playing ground that ultimately cements social inequalities?

Some words suggest states of affairs that it is hard to be ‘against’ as the linguistic term used to describe them evokes undisputed goods. One such term in recent policy debates in the United Kingdom are the so-called ‘free’ schools … Continue reading

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