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Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network (BREM)

BREM promotes interdisciplinary dialogue across the intersecting themes of migration, ‘race’/ethnic relations and bordering practices, broadly defined. It serves as an open forum for sharing research, developing new and existing collaborations, and supporting early career researchers.

In particular, the network creates platforms for collaboration between academic researchers at Warwick and at other higher educational institutions whom work on issues of migration, race, ethnicity and borders, as well as between academic researchers and external agencies across Warwickshire and the West Midlands, including community organisations, NGOs and public sector bodies working in related areas.

In supporting and advancing interdisciplinary research across the areas of borders, race, ethnicity and migration, BREM also provides a forum by which to engage research insights in order to foster the development of an inclusive academic environment more broadly.

Key questions addressed by BREM include:

  • What is the social, cultural, economic and political significance of different historical and contemporary migrations?
  • In what ways are contemporary bordering or boundary-producing practices and dynamics changing?
  • How does ‘race’ and ethnicity feature in the formation of identities and diverse societies?
  • To what extent do processes of racialisation shape regulations and differentiated experiences across diverse sites (e.g. the university, workplace or law court)?

    The network organises workshops and lectures, and provides opportunities for information sharing and for collective research activities.

    University of Sanctuary

    BREM supported the successful Warwick University of Sanctuary application in 2017 and the renewal of the University's status in 2021. You can find out more about Warwick University of Sanctuary here.

    BREM also curated the University's Resonate Festival 'month of Sanctuary' in June 2021, as part of Coventry City of Culture events. Our focus has been on working closely with local partners and ensuring that people with lived experiences of sanctuary play an active role in the programme of events. You can find out more about some of the activities by viewing our virtual galleries here and here.


    If you are interested in joining the network, please contact:

    Professor of International Politics, Politics and International Studies (PAIS)