Rent and refuge: Scotland's street-wise history of sanctuary and solidarity
2019 De Carle Distinguished Lecture Five
Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts (University of Glasgow)
From Iona to Mary Barbour in Govan, from the poll-tax to the dawn raids, Glasgow has given Scotland a model which bucks the trends for large industrial cities in Britain, and has shaped grassroots action which speak to a certain political history. This paper will begin with a historical trajectory beginning with Adomnan's Law of the Innocents and reaching through to the SERCO evictions of asylum seekers in the summer of 2018, and the movements of resistance and political change that have been a direct challenge to the hostile environment policy of the May government.
This talk is hosted by the Centre for Global Migrations, History programme and Politics programme.