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Who do we think we are?
Who do we think we are?
Professor Michaela Benson

From Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, to the Windrush deportation scandal citizenship and the responsibilities of the UK government to the people... more

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18 Mar 2022 · 34 minutes
What do the children denied the right to nationality through their British parents tell us about citizenship?

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25 Feb 2022 · 30 minutes
What do Clause 9 (Nationality and Borders Bill) and the history of citizenship deprivation in the UK tell us about Britishness today?

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04 Feb 2022 · 31 minutes
What can English-language testing for the purposes of immigration and citizenship tell us about who counts as British today?

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21 Jan 2022 · 36 minutes
What can the Hong Kong BN(O) visa tell us about borders and belonging in Britain today?

  When National Security Law was imposed in Hong Kong SAR in 2020, the UK government responded by opening up a bespoke visa scheme to facilitate... more

07 Jan 2022 · 32 minutes
What can the UK’s citizenship test tell us about the shape of Britishness today?

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10 Dec 2021 · 30 minutes
How the British Nationality Act 1981 laid the foundations for a stateless population within Britain's borders

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26 Nov 2021 · 26 minutes
How the Commonwealth Immigration Acts laid the foundations for the Windrush Deportation Scandal

How did changes in the UK's immigrations laws in the 1960s and 1970s set the stage for the Windrush deportation... more

12 Nov 2021 · 23 minutes
BONUS: Talking about citizenship in ‘Global Britain’

Recorded live at the virtual launch event hosted by the Centre for Alternatives to Social and Economic Inequalities, Lancaster University, 21 October 2021,... more

09 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Who do we think we are?
Beyond the Headlines ... with Dr Yvonne Su
Who do we think we are?