On migrants drowning on European shores

1,500 The word "genuine" proliferates In comments threads and candidates' speeches As 1,500 are lost at sea (A conservative estimate) (The highest on record) And we ask: How authentic is your desperation? Ignoring the calculation of risk That precedes stepping onto a precarious float Already overburdened Teetering on the edge of submersion How authentic is … Continue reading On migrants drowning on European shores

Out of the furnace, into the fire? Article on Uganda & LGBT asylum seekers in the UK

In March 2014, the vindictive, incendiary Ugandan tabloid "Red Pepper" published the details of 200 people it deemed to be "homosexual," in what appeared to be a gleeful celebration of the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Bill. As a commissioning editor for a long-standing UK leftist magazine also named Red Pepper, I wanted to take the opportunity of … Continue reading Out of the furnace, into the fire? Article on Uganda & LGBT asylum seekers in the UK

EASA Panel CFP: “Moving people: Anthropologists and Governmental Categorisations”

Along with Julia Morris (University of Oxford), I am co-convening the following panel at the 13th EASA Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), taking place in Tallinn, Estonia, on 31 July - 3 August, 2014:  "Moving people: anthropologists adopting, interrogating and refuting governmental categorisations" The Call for Papers for this panel is open … Continue reading EASA Panel CFP: “Moving people: Anthropologists and Governmental Categorisations”