Lyndsey Stonebridge’s Placeless People
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Lyndsey Stonebridge’s award-wining Placeless People: Writings, Rights, and Refugees (2018) has been widely-reviewed and marks a renewed engagement between the literary and the issues thrown into relief by the migration ‘crisis’.
Stonebridge's academic activism is of particular significance for the future of English studies, and her multi-disciplinary approach in this text indicates the potential futures of literature studies and how our field may more sincerely respond to humanitarian crises. This roundtable panel session reflects on this book and poses questions for further research.
Bryan Cheyette is Professor of Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Reading. He has published ten books and co-edits (with Martin Eve) the series New Horizons for Contemporary Writing (Bloomsbury Academic). His most recent work is a short history of The Ghetto for OUP.
Hari Reed is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary European refugee narratives, with a particular focus on representations of the 2015-16 'Calais Jungle'. This research is concerned with how literary responses to the 'refugee crisis' have departed from traditional humanitarian representations of refugees. Hari is also co-editor of the forum Refugee History, and a campaigner for unaccompanied child refugees in the UK.
Chelsea Haith is a fully-funded DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford, working on twenty-first century speculative fiction and urban geopolitics. She is a Mandela Rhodes scholar from Johannesburg and worked in journalism and publishing in Cape Town before moving to the University of York for her MA. She is the founder of the Futures Thinking research network and is the Research and Development Manager at Uncomfortable Oxford. Her research interests include refugee literature, gender studies, the politics of representation, urban geopolitics and speculative fiction. @chelsea_haith