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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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S3 E10 Migration and the making of Global Britain

What’s the significance of migration for the making of ‘Global Britain’? And what are the theoretical and conceptual tools... more

15 Mar 2024 · 53 minutes
S3 E9 (Not so) safe routes

What are the UK Government’s ‘safe and legal routes’? How do these relate to ‘stop the boats’, the... more

15 Feb 2024 · 54 minutes
S3 E8 Fortress Britain?

What’s Brexit got to do with the ‘small boats’ crisis? What does racialised border violence in the Channel tell... more

18 Jan 2024 · 55 minutes
BtH2 E2 Beyond the headlines … Care Activism with Ethel Tungohan

Migrant laborers worldwide are engaged in care work, but who provides care for them? And where can they seek care?... more

14 Dec 2023 · 37 minutes
S3 E7 Families at the borders

What happens when borders cross families? How do families navigate these interruptions to their ability to live together? This... more

16 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
BtH2 E1 Beyond the headlines … at Manchester Museum with Senna Yousef and Caitlin Nunn

We’re out and about in this episode! Ala and Michaela have been on the road. And in this episode they... more

10 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
S3 E6 Migrant Rights 2.0

Borders around the world are becoming increasingly digitised. But who does the digitisation of borders serve? How are these... more

12 Oct 2023 · 44 minutes
S3 E5 Migration, diaspora, diplomacy

What role do diplomacy and the power play between states play in the development of migration policy? And how... more

14 Sep 2023 · 54 minutes
S3 E4 A New Plan for Migration?

What’s changed in the UK’s approach to migration since Brexit? How has this impacted on migration flows? Who... more

10 Aug 2023 · 49 minutes
S3 E3 Bye, Bye Britain

Understandings of migration are invariably reduced to immigration, framed by the policy agenda of receiving states. But what about... more

07 Jul 2023 · 49 minutes
BONUS Interview with Elspeth Guild

This bonus episode features the full length recording of Elspeth Guild, legal scholar and counsel and our guest in Season 3... more

22 Jun 2023 · 39 minutes
S3 E2 Free Movement, limited

 We’re talking Freedom of Movement, its role in the formation of an EU–wide imagined community, and the experiences of... more

02 Jun 2023 · 46 minutes
Of Kings, Songs and Migrants

What does Eurovision have to do with the Coronation? We’re talking about what we learn about ‘Global Britain’ and... more

05 May 2023 · 45 minutes
[SWAP] Uncommon Sense: Security, with Daria Krivonos

Too often, talk about security seems to belong to politicians and psychologists; to discussions about terrorism and defence, individual... more

21 Apr 2023 · 47 minutes
S2 BONUS Behind the Scenes

Here’s a little season end bonus, where our presenter, Michaela Benson and podcast researcher, George Kalivis go behind the... more

31 Mar 2023 · 24 minutes
S2 E10 In dialogue

For the final episode of Season 2, we bring you a set of conversations about what Who do we... more

24 Mar 2023 · 33 minutes
S2 E9 East-West inequalities and the remaking of unequal Europeans

What does the characterisation of those from Europe’s east as migrants by politicians and in some corners of the media make... more

17 Feb 2023 · 40 minutes
S2 E8 Who is a migrant?

There is nothing politically neutral about classifying and categorising people as migrants. This is a process through which certain individuals... more

20 Jan 2023 · 40 minutes
BtH1 S8 Beyond the headlines … with İdil Akıncı-Pérez

All eyes have been on Qatar because of the World Cup. And with it, attention to the poor working conditions... more

23 Dec 2022 · 33 minutes
S2 E7 European Identities from the Aliens Act 1905 to Brexit

Who is unquestionably European? From Brexit to the war in Ukraine, this question has come to the fore as people... more

09 Dec 2022 · 40 minutes
BtH1 S7 Beyond the headlines … with Hannah Lewis

In July 2022 the news broke that Sir Mo Farah, four times Olympian for Team GB, had been trafficked to... more

25 Nov 2022 · 30 minutes
S2 E6 Imagining a new Britain, 20 years on

Who do we think we are? In the early 2000s, with the beginning of the New Labour government, journalist Yasmin... more

11 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
BtH1 E6 Beyond the headlines … with Cecilia Menjívar

For many people, migration is about escaping persecution and state violence. But in the context increasingly criminalisation of migration, state... more

28 Oct 2022 · 32 minutes
S2 E5 What can we learn about what British and EU citizenship from Brexit?

As people find themselves queueing up at border controls in EU member states, as their passports are stamped, there have... more

14 Oct 2022 · 44 minutes
BtH1 S5 Beyond the headlines … with Colin Yeo

With a new UK cabinet comes a new Home Secretary, Suella Braverman MP former Attorney General. While there has been... more

30 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
What do family migration rules reveal about British citizenship today?

You start a relationship with someone living abroad. As the relationship gets serious, you decide to take the next steps... more

16 Sep 2022 · 42 minutes
How do protest and resistance make citizens and citizenship?

Over the past few years, international media has been full of reports of protest among them the global Black Lives... more

19 Aug 2022 · 43 minutes
Beyond the headlines … with Alison Phipps and Tawona Sithole

In June 2022, the headlines in the UK were full of news about the Rwanda plan. As an ECHR ruling... more

05 Aug 2022 · 1 hour,
*EPISODE SWAP* Surviving Society E147 Aleema Gray: Notes on the Rastafari Movement in Britain

For our first episode swap, we’ve partnered up with Surviving Society, the antiracist podcast that explores the local and global... more

22 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Beyond the Headlines...with Zrinka Bralo

In May 2012 Home Secretary Theresa May vowed to create ‘a really hostile environment for illegal migrants’, heralding in a... more

08 Jul 2022 · 36 minutes
What does British citizenship have to do with Global Social Inequalities?

Commonplace understandings of citizenship equate it with equality – at least among those holding the same citizenship. But looking the... more

24 Jun 2022 · 45 minutes
Beyond the headlines … with Aaron Winter

Mass shooting in the US have been headlines news over the past month. The pattern? White gunmen opening fire in... more

10 Jun 2022 · 33 minutes
What does the Nationality and Borders Act mean for British citizenship?

What is the UK’s Nationality and Borders Act? How does it relate to previous acts concerned with nationality and immigration... more

27 May 2022 · 50 minutes
Beyond the Headlines ... with Dr Yvonne Su

Countries around the world have been quick to crow about the provisions they are putting in place to welcome those... more

13 May 2022 · 36 minutes
What can we learn about British citizenship from the Chagos Islanders?

What rights to citizenship do those from Britain’s 14 remaining overseas territories? What about those who through no fault... more

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

Did you know that until 2014 that some of those born overseas to unmarried British citizen fathers were not eligible... more

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?

Did you know that British citizenship can be cancelled or removed? And that when the Nationality and Borders Bill passes... more

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?

Should the ability to speak English be a precondition for access to rights and belonging in Britain today? What is... more

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?

What do you know about the UK’s citizenship test? What do you think it tests for and how? What do... more

10 Dec 2021 · 30 minutes
Who do we think we are?
What can we learn about British citizenship from the Chagos Islanders?
Who do we think we are?

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What rights to citizenship do those from Britain’s 14 remaining overseas territories? What about those who through no fault of their... more