Channel Crossings: Colonial Histories and Maritime Legacies

May 3, 2022, 2 p.m.

In 2021 over 28,000 people attempted to make their way from France to the UK coast. The UK state portrays those crossing the channel as an invading threat and has deployed a militarized response aimed at preventing people from arriving in the UK safely. This event situates contemporary British responses to Channel Crossings within the context of colonial histories and maritime legacies. It aims to offer a historicized perspective on this phenomenon which seeks to respond to calls to embed colonial histories in analyses of the present.


  • Dr Lucy Mayblin (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Joe Turner (University of York)
  • Dr Arshad Isakjee (University of Liverpool)
  • Dr Thom Davies (University of Nottingham)