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About Sara de Jong

Sara de Jong is the Co-lead of the Justice, Borders, Rights research stream and Research Fellow of the Citizenship & Governance Strategic Research Area at The Open University. In her research on the politics of civil society, she employs a postcolonial perspective that traces the continuities between the colonial past and (post-)colonial present. She has recently published the monograph Complicit Sisters: Gender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides (2017), Oxford University Press.

Sara is a guest editor for the editorial partnership, 'Who are 'we' in a moving world?'. The Open University is one of the Tate Exchange Associates who programmed the week of events ‘Who Are We?’.

Articles by Sara de Jong

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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Arts, participation, exchange: who are 'we' in a moving world?

Can politics be more artful and art be more political? Here, we ask if art and digital communication can create new ways to talk about belonging, exclusion and responsibility.

Stealing stories for art: migration, voyeurism and the appropriation of injustice

In On a Wing and a Prayer, we cross London's Rotherhithe tunnel by foot, mirroring the journey of people like Abdul Haroun – arrested on arrival. Why are some rewarded for making such a journey, others incarcerated?

The rebirth of the East India Company: buy who you want to be

Intrigued by East India Company shops appearing in contemporary London, artist Laura Malacart shows that an Indian businessman buying the East India Company doesn’t yet constitute a final victory over empire.

We are all displaced

It is our sedentary bias, our belief that mobility and migration are the exception rather than the rule, which fuels this distrust of the mobile – but anyone can experience displacement.

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