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VIRTUAL EVENT: Deporting Black Britons: portraits of deportation to Jamaica

01 June 2021, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Open book on table. Image: Artis Kančs via Unsplash

Dr Luke de Noronha will be talking with Professor Mette Berg about his book 'Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica'.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Sophie Zadeh

To register for this webinar, please contact Jenny Woodman at j.woodman@ucl.ac.uk atleast two days before the event to receive detailed joining instructions.

For more information about the event, please contact the organiser Sophie Zadeh.

In the last two decades, the UK has deported thousands of people to Jamaica. Many of these 'deportees' left the Caribbean as infants and grew up in the UK.

Dr Luke de Noronha will be talking with Professor Mette Berg about his book of the same title, published in 2020.

The book traces the life stories of four such men who had been exiled from their parents, partners, children and friends by deportation. It explores how 'Black Britons' survive once they are returned to Jamaica, and questions what their memories of poverty, racist policing and illegality reveal about contemporary Britain.

These intimate portraits testify to the damage wrought by violent borders, opening up wider questions about racism, belonging and deservingness in anti-immigrant times.

Please note that Luke and Mette's discussion will be followed by an opportunity for further reflection among seminar participants.

TCRU seminar series

The Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) hosts a weekly seminar series, where invited speakers present work of relevance to the research interests of the unit.


About the Speakers

Dr Luke de Noronha

Lecturer at the UCL Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation

Luke researches and writes on deportation, racism and immigration control.

His first book, 'Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica', was published with Manchester University Press in September 2020. He was also one of the co-authors of the recent book 'Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State' (which came out with Pluto Press in February).

More about Dr Luke de Noronha

Professor Mette Louise Berg

Professor of Migration and Diaspora Studies at the UCL Institute of Education

Mette is a social anthropologist with research interests in:

  • migration, diasporas and migrant transnationalism
  • urban diversity
  • gender, belonging and generation
  • and social memory.

Regionally, she specialises in Cuba and the wider Caribbean and Latin American region, and London and the UK. 

More about Professor Mette Louise Berg