Writing the Migrant City

We are delighted to confirm that the BSA Cities, Mobilities, Place and Space Plenary at the BSA annual conference will be given by Les Back, Charlynne Bryan and Shamser Sinha. This takes place on Thursday 25thApril in Room W622, at 9.30am.

In this session Professor Les Back and Dr Shamser Sinha reflect with participant author Charlynne Bryan on the writing of their book Migrant City (Routledge 2018).  A ten-year study of the migrant experience in London, the book operates within model of sociable sociology where dialogue with participants is followed through to analysis and authorship. The session will explore the critique of anti-immigrant times that emerged through the project and also a reflection on the methodological issues its raises and its experiment with a different mode of authorship.

Les Back teaches sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.  His work attempts to create a sensuous or live sociology committed to searching for new modes of sociological writing and representation. This approach is outlined in his book The Art of Listening (Berg 2007) and the co-authored book Migrant City (Routledge, 2018), which attempts to extend this approach in a more collaborative direction. He also writes journalism and has made documentary films.

Charlynne Bryan is a primary school teacher and a poet at heart. She has recently published a book of poetry titled ‘Dear fat girl: you are not broken‘ which explores the topic of self-acceptance, hope, rising above the odds and being great! Charlynne is an avid creative who also runs poetry workshops that occasionally combines poetry and art, where people explore how their lives are shaped by their experiences. Dear fat girl is available to purchase on Amazon.

Shamser Sinha is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Youth Studies at the University of Suffolk. His research and teaching interests circle around; ‘race’ and racism; youth; and different ways of doing ethnography. He has done lots of work with unaccompanied and separated young people seeking asylum. His epistemological and methodological work explores how researchers can widen their insight beyond the questions we think of asking participants by inviting them in to the collection, analysis and production of outputs. He is also a professional playwright outside of his university work.


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