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My doctoral research begins with the observation that men are disproportionately detained in Immigration Removal Centres (IRCs) in the UK, yet research that considers the gendered dimensions of male detainment is rare. By exploring the relationship between detention and masculinities along with other intersecting and hierarchical social identities, my project contributes to work on immigration detention, state violence, gender, and the lived experience of border harms. My research design – a flexible, ethnographic engagement with currently and formerly detained men alongside practitioners who work with them – facilitates a nuanced and multifaceted exploration of men’s experience of detention that draws on interviews, conversations, artwork, official documents, IRC posters and leaflets, and a ‘detention mapping’ exercise.

I argue in my thesis, Men, masculinities, and the temporal necropolitics of UK immigration detention, that detainment can be profoundly harmful, and that this harm results from systemic and instrumental violence. Furthermore, I contend that detention’s violence operates across two distinct yet interactional temporalities – slow and fast – and through multiple interrelated sites including the state, families, bodies and the IRC itself. These many forms of suffering are conceptualised as facets of postcolonial necropower, which exposes detainees to the threat of death and injury. While some are able to survive and resist necropower in complex and contested ways, I contend, crucially, that detention’s violence is both gendered – mediated and experienced through intersectional gendered divisions and processes – and gendering – acting upon the production and performance of detainees’ masculinities.

I am a member of Migration Mobilities Bristol, the Gender Research Centre, and The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

I am a former organising committee member for Refugee Tales, a creative campaigning project in solidarity with refugees, asylum seekers and immigration detainees, and former UK Programme Coordinator at Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation.

I hold a BA in International Relations and Politics and an MA in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex.

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