GSSR Seminar’7

The GSSR announces the seventh in our new series of seminars addressed both to doctoral students and academic staff. The seminars aim to bring together students and established researchers working in the same field, thus promoting closer interaction and future collaboration between them.
During the seminars doctoral students present for discussion well-advanced research projects, with experienced scholars from various academic centres in Poland and abroad invited to take the role of commentators.
The seminars take place on the Zoom platform and are open to all.
This seminar is scheduled for May 25thth at 16:00 Warsaw time (CET, GMT+1) with Steve Davies presenting the topic, “Mooring and anchoring in the ‘angloscape’: exploring the shifting sands of privilege for British citizens living long-term in Poland”, and Prof. Katarzyna Andrejuk (IFiS PAN) and Dr. Bolaji Balogun (University of Sheffield) as commentators.

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16:00 Philip Hoeme– Chair of the seminar – Welcome address
16:05 Prof. Sławomir Kapralski –– introductory remarks
16:10 Steve Davies, “Mooring and anchoring in the ‘angloscape’: exploring the shifting sands of privilege for British citizens living long-term in Poland”
16:40 Prof. Katarzyna Andrejuk (IFiS PAN) – Commentator
16:55 and Dr. Bolaji Balogun (University of Sheffield)– Commentator17:10 Discussion
17:45 Closing remarksNext seminars:
May 31sth at 15:00 Justyna Minkiewicz– Preparation of the Marketing and Communication Industry for Breakthrough Technological Change: Rules of Recognition, Knowledge, and Implementation
June 1st at 13:00 Oleg Dietkow- European Gaming Culture: the Case of Gamers’ Identity

Steve Davies

Anchoring in the Angloscape? Exploring the shifting sands of privilege for British citizens living long-term in Poland


The life of a British citizen as a long-term resident abroad is often popularly imagined to be that of a ‘privileged migrant’ or an ‘expat’. He (usually) is believed to have a range of economic, social and cultural advantages at his disposal to ensure a life of ease and pleasure in any given location.
My case study of British citizens living long-term in Poland questions the essentialized Brit-abroad image, finding the reality of British migration to be a far more heterogeneous phenomenon. At the same time, it acknowledges the existence of a multi-layered, complex and dynamic structure of potential privileges and advantages, which may be reproduced over time by migrants from Anglophone countries (specifically the UK and the USA).
The section of my work to be presented introduces the concept of the Angloscape, a constellation of privilege(s) which may be (re)produced through the possession of embodied and symbolic capitals or as a conscious practice of (re)positioning by an agent in order to take on an identity that instrumentalises and benefits from such privilege. This chapter also recognises that privilege may be unevenly distributed or available through its intersection with class, race and gender.
The Angloscape concept takes account of our era of global flows and accelerated change, and is therefore perceived as relatively dynamic and responsive to global and local developments across societies. During the current Covid-19 pandemic and with the change of status from EU citizen – with freedom to move, work and live in any EU country – to that of a third-country national, what impact do such events have on the agency British citizens in Poland and the shape of the Angloscape?

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