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Border Nation: Leah Cowan in Conversation with Kimberly McIntosh
March 25, 2021 @ 19:30 – 21:00 GMT
Join us as we welcome Leah Cowan for a discussion of her new book, BORDER NATION, with Kim McIntosh. The conversation will be streaming via Instagram Live.
Borders are more than geographical lines – they impact all our lives, whether it’s the inhumanity of deportations, or a rise in racist attacks in the wake of the EU referendum. Border Nation shows how oppressive borders must be resisted. Laying bare the web of media myths that vilify migrants, Leah Cowan dives into the murky waters of corporate profiteering from borders by companies like G4S, and the ramping up of everyday borders through legislation.
She looks at their colonial origins, and explores how a draconian approach to border crossings damages our communities. As borders multiply, so too must resistance. From demonstrations inside detention centres to migrant-led campaigns and acts of cross-border solidarity, people are fighting back to stand up for everyone’s freedom to move.
Leah Cowan is the former Politics Editor at the award-winning magazine gal-dem. She works at Project 17, an advice centre which supports migrant families with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). She speaks on race, gender and migration, including for UN Women, in the House of Commons, and at the Trade Unions Congress, and has written for VICE, openDemocracy and the Guardian.
Kimberly McIntosh is a writer and researcher. Previously, she was Senior Policy Officer at The Runnymede Trust, where she worked on issues such as the Windrush Scandal, Teaching Migration, Belonging, and Empire in schools and edited the volume Immigration and the Lottery of Belonging. She’s written articles on immigration for The Guardian, The Independent and The Metro.
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