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.
'Becoming Citizens, Enacting Citizenships': 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.
I have published on the politics of desire and anxiety that are constitutive of 'naturalisation'. See
‘What’s the big deal? Naturalisation and the politics of desire’, Citizenship Studies 17 (6-7): 697–711, and
'The psychic life of policy: desire, anxiety and "citizinesation" in Britain', Critical Social Policy 36(4): 1-19.
See also my blog piece Why applying for citizenship is an anxiety filled process – and not just for applicants
This article 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;
Selected Publications Show all 30 publications
Multicultural horizons: diversity and the limits of the civil nation
Fortier, A. 2008 London : Routledge. 139 p. ISBN: 9780415396073 .
Becoming Citizen, Making Citizen
01/09/2015 → …
Affecting citizenships: the denaturalisation process in Britain
01/09/2011 → 28/02/2014
Affecting citizenship: the citizenship naturalisation process in Britain
01/04/2011 → 31/08/2013