Brexit, Nationalisms and Political Crisis: Goodbye to the United Kingdom?

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019, 12 - 1:30 PM

Location: Yellowjacket Union Room 204

Since the 1990s the UK has faced increasing threats to its future shape and even to its long-term existence. While there are many different though related dimensions and factors at work here, 'Brexit' and the strong possibility of the UK leaving the European Union on October 31, 2019, has focused international attention on the UK and increasingly on the cracks and growing divisions that are opening-up between the 4 constituent countries that comprise the UK and within those countries too. The UK is now less secure than at any time since it was initially formed in 1707, with the possibility of Scottish Independence and a United Ireland very much on the horizon.

How has the UK arrived at this point? What are the main factors that are at work here and how do we make sense of them?

This talk will highlight questions of the UK's distinctive history, the changing social, economic and political geography of the UK, the UK's global status and role, and questions of nationalism, identity, class, race and migration.

About the speaker: Gerry Mooney is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, The Open University in Scotland, and Visiting Professor of Scottish Studies, UW-River Falls.

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