New Left Project is seeking to publish a series on immigration in early Summer 2014. Edited by the NLP collective, the articles will be published first on the website and then collected in an e-book.
We need your writing to make it happen.
Contributions might, for example, explore the following topics:
Law, policy and practice. Are the UK immigration and asylum systems fit for purpose? How do they compare with legal systems elsewhere? How well equipped are other forms of social infrastructure for immigration (e.g. education, health, policing, housing)?
Representation. Who is an 'immigrant' and how are they represented? Which immigrants are the objects of attention, and which are ignored? Submissions may, for instance, examine the invisibility of women immigrants from public policy and discourse, or unpick the framing of media coverage about and the rhetoric of recent anti-immigration government campaigns.
Stories. We're interested in first-hand experiences of immigration and emigration. If you have a family history of immigration or emigration, what stories have been told and passed down? Have you recently come to the UK? Have you experiences of multiple migrations? Have you studied or worked overseas?
Activism. How have people sought to challenge and improve policy, practice and rhetoric around immigration. How effective have these efforts been? If you'd like to promote your campaign or an event, we might be able to do this through the NLP blog, if not the series itself.
Histories. Unpicking the long history of migration and migrant experiences into and out of the UK before Windrush, links with Empire and how past histories of migration frame contemporary debates.
Geographies. Localised politics and experiences of immigration, including differences between places. Although we are British website, we are interested in a lot more than just immigration that relates to the borders of the UK. Submissions that may fall under this category include analysis and stories of long-term refugees, such as Palestinian and Saharawi experiences of exile.
Race and religion. How are race and immigration linked? How do immigrants experience racism? How does racism intersect with other issues in public debates? What are the linkages and disconnects between the immigration and integration agendas? Do some immigrants lose their ‘immigrant status’ more quickly than others?
Class and power. As well as immigrants’ experiences of class and poverty, we are interested in interrogating the idea of the working class as the driver of the anti-immigrant agenda. Are some immigrants more equal than others? How does the immigrant experience vary between people coming to the UK and Britons emigrating overseas?
Age. What are the particular experiences of child migrants, especially those separated from their families, and lack of provision for them? How can child rights intersect with a move towards more compassionate refugee policies? Equally, what are issues for elderly migrants, and how do experiences of migration change over time?
Heteronormativity and cisnormativity. We are interested in questions of prejudice and lack of understanding, as well as problems in application of immigration and asylum law and policy. Submissions may focus on the need to ‘prove’ sexual orientation in order to claim asylum on the grounds of persecution and likelihood of being disbelieved or the lack of services for trans migrants.
Knowledge workers. Submissions may include analysis of the effects of immigration on countries of origin. For example, analysis of 'brain circulation' and ways in which immigration policies may be limiting the international progress of science or of the movement of skilled workers, especially in medicine and engineering from global majority countries to ‘the West.’
Climate change. How serious is the problem of climate change-induced migration and what should we do to prepare for it? How has the green movement dealt with immigration?
Political economy. Migration is, by definition, an international phenomenon. How can we understand immigration to the UK in terms of changes in international economic structures and policy regimes? How do different types of migration fit in to and/or challenge particular economic models? For instance, how did the establishment of the EU shape European migration flows, and to what extent does intra-European migration reflect and perpetuate inequalities between European member states? How compatible is free migration with the social democratic welfare state?
Intellectual history. How have political theorists understood, defended and criticised migration? How have immigrants themselves theorised or otherwise represented it? How has the labour movement historically dealt with migration? Should leftists simply advocate a 'no borders' approach?
Submissions should be between 1500 and 3000 words. Often shorter pieces are the more powerful. As usual on NLP, we welcome articles, interviews and book/cultural reviews, but we're open to other forms too; photo-essays, poetry, fiction, stories and archival material. For this particular topic, we're interested in myth-busters swiftly debunking dominant discourses around immigration, but we are also hoping for more philosophical, even artistic pieces too.
You should pitch pieces at an interested but non-expert audience, explaining any jargon and historical background where necessary and providing links and/ or citations to sources.
We welcome submissions from writers of any educational/professional background and from all over the world, and would particularly like to see submissions from those with migrant backgrounds or who have experience of migration.
More notes on our about page.
Send completed pieces to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by 14th April 2014.
If you want to pitch/ discuss an idea in advance, please do so but try to do this as soon as possible so you can still submit the full piece in time for the deadline.