Call for Panellists: Brexit Futures Roundtable Discussion

Call for Panellists: Brexit Futures Roundtable Discussion

Nordic Geographers Meeting 2017, Stockholm, Sweden, June 18th–21st 2017.

Convener/s: Name Dr Kathy Burrell, Dept. of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool and Dr Sarah M Hall, Dept. of Geography, University of Manchester

Since the referendum result for ‘Brexit’ in June 2016, the UK has entered a period of potentially seismic change. While most obviously this threatens to reconfigure the UK’s relationship with the rest of the European Union and European mobility regimes, the political and economic restructuring that Brexit is likely to entail brings with it many other possible and equally fundamental uncertainties.

There is a sense of history in the making in front of us – the question is how this history will unfold, how well we are going to be able to understand it, and how attentive we are going to be to how it plays out in people’s lived experiences.

This roundtable discussion seeks to explore these possible ‘Brexit futures’, asking what it means for the EU and the wider continent of Europe, but also what it might mean for people living in the UK in their day to day lives and the futures they foresee in front of them.

Key questions include:

  • what does Brexit mean for mobility, and mobility equalities, within Europe and the EU?
  • how might Brexit impact on European imaginaries in the UK?
  • what implications are there for EU migrants in the UK – does it herald a new type of precarity?
  • how might Brexit be experienced socially in the UK?
  • what hidden inequalities might be revealed as a result of Brexit?
  • what does Brexit mean for an austere Europe?
  • how might Brexit be understood as something lived and experienced?
  • how might Brexit impact on the way people imagine the future – their own but also national and European futures?
  • how might Brexit be understood as part of a prefigurative politics?

We welcome expressions of interest from potential panel members by 15 December 2016.

Convener/s: Name Dr Kathy Burrell, Dept. of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool and Dr Sarah M Hall, Dept. of Geography, University of Manchester

Convener/s email address to which expressions of interest can be submitted:kburrell@liverpool.ac.uk and sarah.m.hall@manchester.ac.uk