I hold a BA in Journalism Studies from the University of Skopje and an MA in Ethnic and Minority Studies from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. My MA dissertation investigated migration discourses in the Brexit campaign and focused on the absence of women in the construction of immigrants, the Orientalising of undesired immigrants and the nationalist discourse driven by colonial-imperial nostalgia. In Skopje, I spent long years as a peace activist and was involved in an oral history project gathering war-time testimonies. In Budapest, I was involved in journal editing and research on minority and cultural issues. My research interests include migration studies, race and ethnicity as social constructs, and colonial history.
My project is interested in the race/migration nexus and it deals with some of the developments postcolonial migration simultaneously provoked in Britain. These are the emergence of a new securitizing discourse on migration and the transformation in the ideas of citizenship and belonging, which I will be looking into through a post- and decolonial perspective. Tracing securitisation of migration much earlier than it is usually the case, following decolonisation and the mass arrival of non-white ‘migrants’ from the colonies, I seek to argue that the construction of immigrants as a threat to national security developed as a function of a) the racialisation of ‘others’ and b) the (re)construction of national identity within the narrative on whiteness.
E-mail: iva.dodevska (at) univ-montp3.fr