Bristol Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Nandita Sharma is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She is an activist scholar whose research is shaped by the social movements she is active in, including No Borders movements and those struggling for the planetary commons. She is the author of Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2006) and Home Rule: National Sovereignty and the Separation of Natives and Migrants (Duke University Press, 2020).

Nandita was invited to be a Benjamin Meaker Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol in 2020 but postponed the position due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We very much hope that she will be able to visit Bristol as soon as possible but in the meantime we’ve continued to work with her closely. She has written about national sovereignty and postcolonial racism in the MMB blog, where she has also reflected on the experience of COVID-19 in the US in her post, ‘From “social distancing” to planetary solidarity’. Recently MMB’s Director, Bridget Anderson, discussed immigration controls and the legacies of Empire with her. This interview launched MMB’s new Insights and Sounds series and was accompanied by the MMB Reading Group meeting to discuss her book Home Rule.

MMB Related Blog posts

National sovereignty and postcolonial racism

Race, nation and migration – the blog series reframing thinking on movement and racism. By Nandita Sharma.

A focus on migration, mobility and ideas of ‘race’ are crucial aspects of nationalist thought and practice. Indeed, today, racism operates through nationalism. Yet, while racism has been largely delegitimised, nationalism has not. More >

From ‘social distancing’ to planetary solidarity

Letter from Afar – the blog series about life and research in the time of COVID-19. By Nandita Sharma.

Greetings from Hawai’i! Reading Colin’s blog from the ‘afar’ of Bristol has made me think about distance, and the (dis)connections between physical and social distancing. We are physically far apart, but, I like to think, socially close. This seems to run counter to the ‘social distancing’ we are being enjoined to adopt. More >

MMB Insights and Sounds – Interview

‘What do immigration controls have to do with Empire?’

Professor Nandita Sharma from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in conversation with Professor Bridget Anderson.

MMB Related Events

MMB Reading Group: Home Rule by Nandita Sharma

In May the MMB Reading Group discussed Nandita’s recent book Home Rule: National Sovereignty and the Separation of Natives and Migrants (2020, Duke University Press). In this book she explores how the current political order of nation-states institutionalises the notion that each ‘people’ has its own place in the world by limiting access to national citizenship and authorised immigration.

MMB Related Publications

Bridget Anderson contributed a chapter ‘The Banality of Citizenship: From Workers to Migrants and Fantasy Citizens‘ to the Journal of World-Systems Research, SYMPOSIUM: HOME RULE BY NANDITA SHARMA, Vol 27, 2, Summer/Fall 2021