Dr Gillian McFadyen

PhD (Aberystwyth University) MSc Postcolonial Politics (Aberystwyth University) MSc International Politics (University of Glasgow) BA(Hons) Social Science (Glasgow Caledonian University)

, HEA Fellow

Dr Gillian McFadyen

Lecturer

Department of International Politics

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Profile

Dr Gillian McFadyen is a Lecturer in International Politics. She is the Deputy Director of Recruitment, Admission and Marketing for InterPol and sits on the Aber University Research Ethics Panel.  Gillian's research focuses on the international refugee regime, with a particular focus on the British refugee system. 

Gillian has a PhD from Aberystwyth, as well as degrees from Aber (MSc), Glasgow (MSc) and Glasgow Caledonian (BA Hons). She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a 2020/2021 alum of the Welsh Crucible. 

 

Teaching

Research

Gillian's research engages with the area of refugee studies. She is particularly interested in refugee law, the British Asylum system, EU asylum process, as well as applying theories such as hospitality, labelling and postcolonialism to the refugee regime. She also has an interest in memory, trauma, silence and their application to refugee politics. In addition, she has written on the hostile environment, propaganda, bureaucracies of knowledge in humanitarian practices, and has a keen interest in simulation pedagogy for active learning. Gillian's first book, Refugees in Britain: Practices of Hospitality and Labelling was published with Edinburgh University Press (2020).  The book intertwines theories of hospitality and labelling, and applies them to the British refugee regime, arguing that the British refugee regime has developed towards an externalised humanitarian hospitality. The book also examines counter-discourses by examining local practices of British hospitality and showing acts of solidarity and resistance that challenge the statist logic. The result is a theoretically informed account of the British approach to externalisation and geographical seclusion of refugees, particularly in response to the current Mediterranean Crisis 

A secondary field of research, sees her focuses on political embroidery, using stitching and craftivism as a method of resistance, memory, activism and story-telling. This research has seen her work on multiple projects at the national and international level, with exhibitions at the Tate Modern, Liverpool (2018), British Refugee Council Archives, London (2019) plus Bordando Por la Memoria Project, as well as collaboration with the Seemia Theatre company (2019).

As of Autumn 2021, Gillian has starting a new funded interdisciplinary project with researchers from Swansea and Northumbria University, Maternal Guilt Quilt- an innovative project that explores maternal emotional experiences, through textile crafting, following in the Welsh, feminist quilting tradition of visual culture. The project will explore mothers' experiences of feeding their babies with audio recordings and written texts being incorporated into a co-created interactive digital quilt to be exhibited across Wales. The projects uniqueness is that it departs from dominant breastfeeding literature that tends to focus on positive emotions related to bonding, and offers space for amplifying mothers voices and their range of experiences surrounding feeding. 
 

 

Expertise: refugee, asylum, hospitality, labelling, memory, trauma, language, detention, postcolonialism, human rights, political embroidery, propaganda, biometric data, 

Responsibilities

Gillian is the Deputy Director of Recruitment, Admission and Marketing for InterPol and sits on the Aber University Research Ethics Panel. 

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 12:30-1:30
  • Thursday 12:30-1:30

Publications

McFadyen, G 2021, Refugees, Migrants and Propaganda. in G Rawnsley, Y Ma & K Pothong (eds), The Edward Elgar Handbook of Political Propaganda. Edward Elgar Publishing, London.
McFadyen, G 2020, Refugees in Britain: Practices of Hospitality and Labelling. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
McFadyen, G 2019, Documenting the Refugee Crisis: Remembering through Embroidery. Stitched Voices.
McFadyen, G 2019, 'Memory, Language and Silence: Barriers to Refuge Within the British Asylum System', Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, vol. 17, no. 2. https://doi.org/10.1080/15562948.2018.1429697
McFadyen, G 2016, 'The language of labelling and the politics of hostipitality in the British asylum system', British Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 599-617. https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148116631281
More publications on the Research Portal