Sameema’s project studies the discursive construction of the refugee in Britain using the lens of the British Council for Aid to Refugees’ (BCAR) work in the 1970s. It situates the BCAR’s use of language and iconography within wider state and media-led debates to examine how refugees became a site for reformulating and advancing narratives of Britishness. By fusing archival sources with oral histories it explores how, and to what ends, the ideas rooting institutional representations of refugees were refracted into public opinion. This research is funded by an AHRC scholarship from the London Arts and Humanities Partnership.
Supervisor: Michael Collins
Working title: 'The Figure of the Refugee in 1970s Britain'
Expected completion date: 2024