The spectre of Brexit: free movement and European citizenship in question

17 June 2016 - A one day seminar hosted at the University of Southampton looked at the potential consequences of the EU Referendum from a sociological point of view. With keynote speeches by Professor Adrian Favell (University of Leeds) and Dr Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths, University of London).

Part of the research seminar series 'The sociology of 'Brexit': citizenship, belonging and mobility in the context of the British referendum on EU membership' funded by The Sociological Review Foundation.

The upcoming referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union is one of great social significance, yet sociological research has not engaged with the question in any depth. This one-day seminar attempted to fill this gap by debating the observable and expected consequences of a radically changed relationship between the UK and the EU, focusing specifically on those whose lives are most directly affected by the referendum and the spectre of 'Brexit': EU citizens living in Britain, and British citizens living in other EU countries. Scholarly contributions to the seminar discussed the experiences of such 'mobile citizens', and citizenship was the core theoretical concept addressed in the context of the anticipation and possible outcomes of the EU referendum.

For more information on the seminar series visit the website

Friday 17 June, 9am - 4pm
University of Southampton


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