New forms of solidarity and exclusion in the Brexit-Trump era. Conviviality, Everyday Multiculturalism and Racism

Urban neighbourhoods across the world have seen increasingly diversified patterns of immigration in the last two decades, leading to a condition also described as ‘super-diversity’, where people of many different national backgrounds, legal statuses, educational and class backgrounds, and other  such categories of differentiation live along side each other. Studies have shown the co-existence of both tensions and conviviality between people of different backgrounds in such  neighbourhoods, ranging from ‘everyday racism’ (Noble 2009) to everyday multiculturalism (Wise  and Velayutham 2009) and solidarity. Political events such as the US presidential election and the Brexit referendum in the UK, and the divisive public discourse which formed part of both  campaigns, have led to fears of increasing xenophobia and racism, with a shocking increase in  reported hate crimes, for example in the case of the UK. This panel asks how times like these impact on how people live together on the local level, in neighbourhood spaces such as schools,  libraries, shops, and playgrounds. Can ‘conviviality’ as a negotiated local consensus of living together peacefully ever hold up against the exclusionary public discourses of the new right? Do these exclusionary discourses give rise to new forms of solidarity on the local level or strengthen already existing patterns of conviviality?  Or, in contrast, do they contribute to an increase in local tensions? Rather than discussing these questions on a theoretical or philosophical level, this panel invites papers which address these questions with empirical material from a ‘bottom up’  perspective, drawing on research within urban neighbourhoods.

Dr Susanne Wessendorf, University of Birmingham

Dr. Amanda Wise, Macquaire University