Professor Anne-Marie FortierProfessor
The overarching question that connects my work concerns the relationship between individual subjectivities and cultural, social and political formations. My research examines processes of subject formation in relation to governing practices that seek to stabilise identities in the face of migration. I have explored these processes in contexts such as migrant community formation; multiculturalism, cohesion and integration; queer diasporas; national genetic genealogies; and, currently, the citizenship naturalisation process in England (funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust).
My research contributes to citizenship studies, cultural studies, critical migration and diaspora studies, border studies, policy studies.
Two of my most recent publications relate to my current research on 'Becoming Citizens, Enacting Citizenships'. These articles are on the politics of desire and anxiety that are constitutive of 'naturalisation':
See also my blog piece Why applying for citizenship is an anxiety filled process – and not just for applicants
I am currently writing a monograph on citizenship attribution and acquisition in England, based on fieldwork conducted between 2012-2014. The distinctive character of this study is its focus on the experiences of applicants and non-applicants (ESOL teachers/providers; Council registrars; ceremony officials; etc). The study bridges perspectives on citizenship and integration policies that focus on the 'authoritative state', on the one hand, and perspectives that centre on 'lived experiences' of governance, on the other, to consider 'the social life of naturalisation' as a political, social, and lived process that is not reducible to the conferment of citizenship. By looking at 'naturalisation' as an assemblage of material, discursive, social, and embodied processes and practices, this study fills a gap in the field of citizenship and migration by extending understandings of citizenship attribution and acquisition beyond the letter of the law. This research received funding from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.
The above articles and the book in progress extend from my publications about forms of 'governing through affect' in the politics of 'community cohesion' in Britain under New Labour, which examines how interethnic proximities are conceived, monitored and managed. See Multicultural Horizons (Routledge, 2008), and 'Proximities by design? Affective citizenship and the management of unease' is published in Citizenship Studies 14(1) 2010.
Émigré cultures and transnational belongings
My PhD dissertation, now published as Migrant Belongings. Memory, Space, Identity (Berg, 2000), concerns the formation of an Italian émigré culture and identity within institutional discourses and practices of collective belonging(s). The book links theories of performativity and of diaspora, offering insights into the study of cultural identity, migration and diasporas. More specifically, I reassess questions of sex/gender, ethnicity and 'race' in relation to broader questions of culture, nation, and multilocal spaces of belonging. Using a combination of participant observation, semi-structured interviews and the analytical survey of printed documents, I examine the ways in which new meanings of identity are encased in different forms of representation of the Italian presence in Britain: written histories and monographs; cultural productions; politics of identity; and the daily life of two London-based church-cum-social clubs (where I pay special attention to the relationship between the construction of the identity of places and the formation of group identity). Advancing a corporeal approach to identity formation, I argue that displays of the Italian presence in London operate through the repetition of regulatory norms that produces the effect of materialisation of cultural belonging through the dual process of ethnicising and gendering of individual and collective 'bodies'. In addition, the prominence of 'memory work' in Italian practices of identity leads me to interrogate geographically based definitions of diaspora.
Queer migrations and queer diasporas
In some of my past publications, I extended my expertise in migration and diaspora studies by bringing questions of sexuality more to the fore. My interest here include:
'queer diasporas': this includes a critical intervention of queer theory in theoretical discourses of diaspora, as well as an interest in the deployment the notion of a 'queer diaspora' in some quarters of queer theory, to describe the transnationalisation of the queer movement and of queer culture.
'queer migration': I have written about narratives of queer migrations and their conceptions of home and emancipation.
In 2015-16, I am on a Leverhulme Research Fellowship which relieves me of my teaching duties. The courses I usually convene or contribute to include the following:
- SOCL 101 Introduction to Sociology (block on identity formations)
- SOCL 208 Gender, Sexuality and Society (Undergraduate)
- SOCL 243 Racisms and Racial Formations (Undergraduate)
- SOCL 310 Nation, Migration, Multiculturalism (Undergraduate)
- GWS 403 Feminist Media and Cultural Studies (Postgraduate)
Current doctoral supervision:
Sarah Becklake - The Making of 'Destino Guatemala'. The Politics and Embodiment of 'Global Tourism Competition' in La Antigua, Guatemala
Jihyun Choi - multiculturalism in Korea
Shona Legaspi - migration, class and change in a Lancaser neighbourhood.
Hasan Yilmaz - internal migration, community, religion and identity in Turkey.
Past doctoral supervision/postdoctoral mentoring
Mia FalovNeighbourhood Regeneration and Social Exclusion in Denmark and England
Michaela Fay Internationalisms: Feminism, Mobility, Belonging: Exploring the International Women's University 'Technology and Culture'
Jennie Germann Molz Destination World: Performing the Self and the Global in Round-the-World Travel Narratives
Elisabeth Grindel - Temporary Sojours in the Periphery. Spouses of International Students in Lancaster, United Kingdom
Nina Held - research topic: race, sexuality and space in lesbian bars
Joyce Hsiu-Yeh Journey to the West: Traveling, Learning and Consuming Englishness
Adi Kuntsman Violent belongings: Russian-speaking GLBT immigrants in Israel
Chun-Yu Lin - 'From Strangers to Spouses'? International Marriage Immigrants in Taiwan
Leon Moosavi Defying Gravity: 'Race', Islamophobia and Belonging in the Experiences of Muslim Convverts in Britain
Elisavet Pakis Playing in the Dark: Performing (Im)possible Lesbian Subjects
Muzeyyen Pandir - Orientalism in the European Union: A Critical Analysis of EU narratives on the EU, Europe and Turkey
Ana Bê Pereira - Constellations and Corporalities: Ableism and Disablism in the Lives of People Living with a Chronic Illness – Towards a Paradigm of Sustained Wellbeing
Sabrina Squires - Queer-Class Conjunctures:Class In/visibility in LGBTQ Politics and Lives
Lewis Turner Passing and crossing; an ethnography of gender transition
PhD Supervision Interests
I would be interested in supervising research students within the areas related to my research interests, for example: Citizenship and related including but not restricted to: cultural aspects of citizenship, sexual citizenship, intimate citizenship, citizenship and affect, or transnational citizenship; citizenship training or the like (e.g. citizenship curriculum in England; citizenship classes and ceremonies for immigrants), and so on. Migration and related aspects, including but not restricted to: migrant/diasporic/transnational lives; migration and national politics (policies, border controls, etc.), queer migrations, etc.. Multiculturalisms; 'race', racisms;
The psychic life of policy: desire, anxiety, and ‘citizenisation’ in Britain
Fortier, A. 1/02/2017 In: Critical Social Policy. 37, 1, p. 3-21. 19 p.
Afterword: acts of affective citizenship?: possibilities and limitations
Fortier, A. 9/12/2016 In: Citizenship Studies. 20, 8, p. 1038-1044. 7 p.
Fortier, A. 22/12/2013 In: The Routledge handbook of mobilities. London : Routledge ISBN: 9780415667715.
What’s the big deal?: naturalisation and the politics of desire
Fortier, A. 7/05/2013 In: Citizenship Studies. 17, 6-7, p. 697-711. 15 p.
Genetic Indigenisation in “The People of the British Isles”
Fortier, A. 2012 In: Science as Culture. 21, 2, p. 153-175. 23 p.
The Migration Imaginary and the Politics of Personhood
Fortier, A. 2012 In: Migrations. Berlin : Springer Verlag p. 31-43. 13 p. ISBN: 978-3709109496.
Anne-Marie Fortier in conversation with Debra Ferreday and Adi Kuntsman
Fortier, A. 2011 In: Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities. 10, 2
Interview: Anne-Marie Fortier
Ferreday, D., Kuntsman, A., Fortier, A. 2011 In: Borderlands e-Journal : New Spaces in the Humanities. 10, 2
Proximity by design?: affective citizenship and the management of unease
Fortier, A. 2010 In: Citizenship Studies. 14, 1, p. 17-30. 14 p.
Multicultural horizons: diversity and the limits of the civil nation
Fortier, A. 2008 London : Routledge. 139 p. ISBN: 9780415396073 .
Too close for comfort: Loving thy neighbour and the management of multicultural intimacy.
Fortier, A.M. 1/01/2007 In: Environment and Planning A. 25, 1, p. 104-119. 16 p.
The politics of scaling, timing and embodying: rethinking the 'New Europe'.
Fortier, A.M. 1/11/2006 In: Mobilities. 1, 3, p. 313-331. 19 p.
Community, belonging and intimate ethnicity
Fortier, A. 2006 In: Modern Italy. 11, 1, p. 63-77. 15 p.
Pride politics and multicultural citizenship
Fortier, A.M. 05/2005 In: Ethnic and Racial Studies. 28, 3, p. 559-578. 20 p.
Fortier, A. 2005 In: Cultural geography : a critical dictionary of key concepts. London : I. B. Tauris p. 182-187. 6 p. ISBN: 1860647022.
Ahmed, S., Fortier, A. 09/2003 In: International Journal of Cultural Studies. 6, 3, p. 251-259. 9 p.
Introduction : re-imagining communities.
Ahmed, S., Fortier, A. 03/2003 In: International Journal of Cultural Studies. 6, 1, p. 3.
Global migranthood, whiteness and the anxieties of (in)visibility.
Fortier, A. 2003 In: The social contruction of diversity: recasting the master narragive of industrial nations. Oxford and New York : Berghahn Books p. 227-246. 20 p.
Ahmed, S., Castaneda, C., Fortier, A., Sheller, M.B. 2003 In: Uprootings/regroundings : questions of home and migration. Oxford : Berg p. 1-22. 22 p. ISBN: 1859736246.
Making home: queer migrations and motions of attachment.
Fortier, A. 2003 In: Uprootings/regroundings : questions of home and migration. Oxford and New York : Berg p. 115-135. 21 p. ISBN: 1859736297.
Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of home and migration.
Fortier, A.M., Ahmed, S., Castaneda, C., Sheller, M. 2003 Berg. 288 p. ISBN: 1859736297.
Bringing it all (back) home: Italian-Canadian' remaking of Canadian history.
Fortier, A. 2002 In: Communities across borders. New immigrants and transnational cultures. London and New York : Routledge p. 103-115. 13 p. ISBN: 0415252938.
Fortier, A. 2002 In: Handbook of lesbian and gay studies. London : Sage p. 183-197. 15 p. ISBN: 0761965114.
'Coming home': Queer migrations and multiple evocations of home
Fortier, A. 11/2001 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 4, 4, p. 405-424. 20 p.
Migrant belongings : memory, space, identity.
Fortier, A.F. 2000 Oxford : Berg. 209 p. ISBN: 1859734103.
Re-membering places and the performance of belonging(s).
Fortier, A. 04/1999 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 16, 2, p. 41-64. 24 p.
Actes de présence et constructions de terrains d'appartenance(s).
Fortier, A. 1999 In: Le Québec repensé à l'aune des remises en cause identitaires des femmes. Montréal : Les Editions du Remue-Menage p. 103-131. 29 p.
Historicity and community: narratives about the origins of an Italian 'community' in Britain.
Fortier, A. 1999 In: Identity and affect. Experiences of identity in a globalising world. London : Pluto p. 129-223. 95 p. ISBN: 0745314236.
Calling on Giovanni: interrogating the nation through diasporic imaginations
Fortier, A. 1998 In: International Journal of Canadian Studies. 18
Troubles in the field : The use of personal experiences as sources of knowledge.
Fortier, A. 1996 In: Critique of Anthropology. 16, 3, p. 303-323. 21 p.
Becoming Citizen, Making Citizen
01/09/2015 → …
Affecting citizenships: the denaturalisation process in Britain
01/09/2011 → 28/02/2014