The Race Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies (REPS) PhD Network provides a space for PhD students to collaborate across the research areas of race, ethnicity and postcolonial studies, and is a platform for developing and nurturing new thinking in these areas. The REPS PhD Network is based at the Sociology Department at the London School of Economics and is run by PhD students in the Department. The Network also seeks to actively engage with other researchers, research departments and universities in order to develop a supportive REPS research community.
Annually, the LSE REPS PhD Network puts on a department sponsored REPS Seminar Series which include invited guest lectures, film screenings and student discussion groups.
Past activities (2013-14)
REPS Seminar Series:
The Remnants of Colonial Capital: Economic Crisis and Alienation in the Tea Plantations of South India
Dr. Jayaseelan Raj
30 June 2014, 6 -7.30 pm
Robert McKenzie Room (STC 219), St. Clement’s Building, LSE
In the early 1990s, the Indian tea industry was plunged into a devastating economic crisis. Many plantations were shut down; others limited their operations to plucking and selling the tea leaves to a few surviving factories. A new corporative structure has taken over the plantations used the discourse of crisis, of financial emergency and meltdown, to renegotiate wages and conditions with workers. This paper explores the consequences of this crisis for the plantation workforce. It also attempts to trace out the social forces that reproduce the workers’ alienation in the crisis context.
Jayaseelan Raj is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Poverty and Inequality Research Programme at the Department of Anthropology, LSE
Hosted by The Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies PhD Network, the REPS Seminar Series aims to develop opportunities for intellectual exchange in a friendly and relaxed environment with intellectuals from outside the LSE, engaged in path breaking research.
Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies PhD Symposium 2014
12 and 13 June, 2014
Vera Anstey Room, LSE
The REPS Network has organized this year’s symposium with the support of the London School of Economics (LSE) Department of Sociology, the Department of Social Policy, the Runnymede Trust's AHRC Academic Forum grant, and Mike Savage's ESRC Professorial Fellowship. Schedule (PDF).
Remembering Stuart Hall Reading
March 7, 2014, 2-3 p.m
Robert McKenzie Room S219, St. Clement's Building
Join us for a reading and remembrance of the intellectual contributions and work of Stuart Hall. This one-hour interactive event will be an open reading and conversation to commemorate and reflect on his work and intellectual contributions to the field of sociology and cultural theory. We will be reading excerpts from his work and playing clips from some of his interviews and conversations. Please come to listen and learn more, and if you would like to, share your own reflection or short reading from one of his works.
Racialised ‘price-tag’: Commodification of migrant workers from post-socialist EU and its effects within East-West labour relations
Dr Barbara Samaluk
4th March 2014, 6.30pm-8pm
Robert McKenzie Room, St. Clement's Building, LSE
This paper explores intersectional commodification of migrant workers from post-socialist EU Accession 8 (A8) countries and its effects within transnationalised East-West labour relations. Using historical and macro socio-economic contexts as its point of departure, the paper explores on-going colonial processes that re-emerged during post-socialist transition and EU accession process. Specifically it focuses on the role of transnational employment agencies that emerged in the region during this process and act as important intermediaries in supplying and commodifying new colonial subjects as suitable for particular jobs in the UK labour market. Finally, the paper explores how these colonial processes affect emigration from Poland and Slovenia, as well as the value appropriation and extraction possibilities and strategies of diverse actors involved in transnational labour relations between East and West.
Through a transdisciplinary adoption of a Bourdieuian conceptual framework, this research offers an original theoretical and methodological toolkit for complex, multilevel, intersectional analyses that uncovers the misrecognised power relations associated with embodied categories, spatial and temporal dimensions and varying modalities of knowledge. The paper exposes the unequal level playing field amongst migrant workers on one side and transnational employment agencies and their client employers and customers on the other. It demonstrates the power of the latter to exploit on-going colonial relations, unequal economic geographies and commodification of subjectivities for strategic utilisation, segmentation and disciplining of migrant labour. By providing a broader comparative analysis of diverse actors and A8 groups, the paper exposes on-going colonial post-socialist order, widens understanding of A8 labour migration to the UK and leads to insights into the remaking of class, race and gender politics on the local and global scales.
Dr Helen Kim, Dr Malcolm James and Dr Naaz Rashid
12 December 2013, 6 p.m.
Robert Mckenzie Room, St. Clement's Building, LSE
This panel invited three early career scholars to reflect on their work researching and writing about race and racism and talk about their experiences building careers in this moment.
-Networks for scholarship on race and racism and new emerging topics in Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies
-Negotiating the changing institutional geographies of studying race and racism in the academy
-Responsibilities in being a researcher working on race and racism.
Connect with REPS
To sign up to the LSE REPS Network email listserv (email list) for announcements and discussions. By signing up to the listserv you will be notified about forthcoming events, calls for papers and calls for speakers.To subscribe, click here: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?body=SUBSCRIBE%20SOCIOLOGY-REPS-L .
Student members help organize and participate inside a larger U.K.-wide network which hosts a rotating summer REPS PhD Symposium annually at different universities. For more information on the larger national student network visit http://repsphd.wordpress.com.