Rethinking British Citizenship: The BNA 1981 from Decolonisation to Brexit

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The BNA 1981 from Decolonisation to Brexit

The British academics join to lead the conversations about British citizenship, trying to answer the questions that are highly debated in society.

Timed to take place within a few days of the 40 year anniversary of The British Nationality Act (BNA) 1981 being granted royal assent, this event chaired by Amit Singh (PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London, and project manager for Connected Sociologies) brings together in conversation Anne-Marie Fortier (Professor in Sociology at Lancaster University), Elsa Oommen (independent scholar, an honorary research fellow at Warwick University and visiting research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths), Devyani Prabhat (Professor in Law at the University of Bristol), with podcast host and producer Michaela Benson (Professor in Public Sociology at Lancaster University), to discuss the colonial legacies in British citizenship law, contemporary immigration policy, and the citizenship test.


British Nationality Act 1948. Credit to UK Sovereign


Topic: Rethinking British Citizenship: The British Nationality Act 1981 from Decolonisation to Brexit

Moderator: Amit Singh

Speakers: Michaela Benson, Anne-Marie Fortier, Elsa Oommen, Devyani Prabhat

Location: Online event through Zoom session

Date: 28 October 2021

Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM (Tbilisi time)


British Nationality Act 1948. Credit to Oral Histories/Runnymedetrust


British Nationality Act 1948 (Wikipedia tts)