Monument aux Morts de l’Armée d’Orient, Marseille. Photo: Gracie Mae Bradley, 2014
Campaigner and writer Gracie Mae Bradley and writer and academic Luke de Noronha present the case for border abolition, moderated by sociologist Gargi Bhattacharyya.
Applying abolitionist politics to the issue of borders, Bradley and de Noronha examine the ways in which borders divide workers and families, fuel racial division, and reinforce global disparities. Bradley and de Noronha propose a manifesto for border abolition, arguing that we must transform society and our relationship to one another, and build a world in which everyone has the freedom to move and stay.
This talk marks the launch of Gracie Mae Bradley and Luke de Noronha’s book Against Borders (Verso, 2022).
Gracie Mae Bradley is a writer and campaigner with particular interests in migration, policing, surveillance and abolition. She was Interim Director of Liberty, and a founding member of the grassroots Against Borders for Children campaign. She has written for The Guardian, The Independent, OpenDemocracy and VICE, among other publications. Her essay ‘From Grenfell to Windrush’ appears in After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response (2019).
Luke de Noronha is an academic and writer working at the Sarah Parker Remond Centre, University College London. His first book, Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica was published in 2020, and he was one of the co-authors of Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State (2021). He has also produced a podcast with deported people in Jamaica, Deportation Discs.
Gargi Bhattacharyya is professor of sociology at the University of East London. She has written widely in the fields of racism, sexuality, global cultures and the ‘war on terror’. She is the co-author of Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State (Pluto, 2021) and author of Rethinking Racial Capitalism (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), among many other publications.