Dr Robert Gibb

  • Lecturer (Sociology)

telephone: 01413306399
email: Robert.Gibb@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

  • Asylum, Refugees and Migration (with a particular country focus on Bulgaria, Denmark and France)
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Translation, Interpretation and Transcription

Research Biography

In my ESRC-funded doctoral research, an ethnographic study of the French anti-racist association SOS-Racisme, I examined the relationship between party politics, anti-racism and republicanism in contemporary France. The thesis was based on anthropological research (involving participant observation, semi-structured interviewing and archival research) conducted in Paris over an eighteen-month period. It explored two principal themes: (1) how republican ideologies and institutions had played a crucial part in determining both the form and the content of SOS-Racisme's opposition to racism; and (2) how the collective identity of the association itself, as a part of a broader anti-racist movement and in relation to the political process, had been (re-)negotiated over time by its members, at both a local and a national level. The thesis argued that SOS-Racisme's use of a 'republican' concept of integration and its relationship to the sphere of party politics remained problematic and it discussed the implications of this for the future efficacy of the association's action. Material from this research has been published in five journal articles and chapters in edited volumes, including a contribution to Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States (eds. D. Reed-Danahay and C. Brettell), one of Choice magazine's 'Outstanding Academic Titles' of 2009.

After a short period of research in Denmark (for a pilot project entitled ‘Invisible Fences? Inter-Group Relations in a Multicultural Area of Copenhagen’), I then collaborated with Prof A. Good (School of Social and Political Studies, The University of Edinburgh) on an AHRC-funded project entitled 'The Conversion of Asylum Applicants' Narratives into Legal Discourses in the UK and France: A Comparative Study of Problems of Cultural Translation'. The primary objective of the research was to compare processes of cultural translation involved in the writing down and re-presentation of asylum applicants’ narratives of persecution by their legal representatives in the UK and France. The focus was primarily on how these narratives of persecution are structured into legally-acceptable forms of discourse, rather than on interpretation in the narrow linguistic sense.  A related objective was to investigate the implications of these processes for the witness statement which emerges as the end product. What, if any, were the different expectations entailed by the respective legal systems? Did inquisitorial and adversarial legal proceedings require that asylum applicants’ written statements be presented differently? By examining these questions, the research aimed to enhance understanding of the following key issues: How are asylum applicants’ experiences of persecution and migration represented in ordinary and formal legal languages? What issues and problems of cultural translation arise in the conversion of asylum applicants’ narratives into legally-acceptable forms of discourse? How is effective legal representation of asylum applicants affected by problems of cultural translation and interpretation and ongoing changes in asylum law?  In investigating these questions, the research aimed to contribute to more effective representation by practitioners and NGOs providing legal support to asylum applicants, and to policy-related and academic debates about the adjudication of asylum claims. Articles based on the research have already been published in the International Journal of Refugee Law and Language and Intercultural Communication.

Current Research Project

Since 1 April 2014, I have been involved as a Co-Investigator (with PI Prof A. Phipps and Co-Is Ms Sarah Craig and Dr Ross White, University of Glasgow) on a three-year AHRC-funded project entitled 'Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State' (Translating Cultures Programme Large Grant award: £1,968,749). This international project has two overarching aims: (1) to research interpreting, translation and multilingual practices in challenging contexts; and (2) while doing so, to evaluate appropriate research methods (traditional and arts based) and develop theoretical approaches for this type of academic exploration. Our international team of researchers, with different disciplinary backgrounds, research experiences, language and performance skills, will conduct international comparative research on translation and interpretation at different kinds of border in order to develop theory, ethical research practices and research methodologies in relation to multilingual research.

I am working together with Dr Julien Danero Iglesias on a case study entitled ‘Working and Researching Multilingually at State (and European Union) Borders’. The latter has two principal objectives: (1) to compare multilingual working practices and processes of translation and interpretation at state (and external EU) borders and in refugee status determination procedures in Bulgaria and Romania; (2) to analyse the wider structural contexts in both countries (including national legislation, EU directives, recent EU projects, and the relationship between international organisations such as the UNHCR, national NGOs and the state), with regard in particular to the recruitment and training of interpreters to work in asylum cases and at state (and external EU) borders. (In September 2014, I contributed a post entitled '"Researching Multlingually" in Sociology and Anthropology' to the Glasgow Sociology blog.)

Grants

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Grants

  • 'Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State' (with PI: Prof A. Phipps and Co-Is Ms Sarah Craig and Dr Ross White, University of Glasgow), Translating Cultures Large Grant award (£1,968,749), April 2014-March 2017. Press release.
  • 'The Conversion of Asylum Applicants' Narratives into Legal Discourses in the UK and France: A Comparative Study of Problems of Cultural Translation' (with Prof A. Good, School of Social and Political Studies, The University of Edinburgh), Large Research Grant, April 2007 - March 2009. Project webpage.
  • 'Language and Social Structure in Urban France' (Steering Group Member; Principal Investigator: Dr M. Jones, University of Cambridge), Research Network Grant, November 2009-October 2011. Network webpage.

British Academy Grants

  • 'Racism, Discrimination and Welfare-State Institutions in Denmark, France and the UK’, February 2007 - July 2008.
  • ‘Invisible Fences? Inter-Group Relations in a Multicultural Area of Copenhagen’, April 2006 (pilot study).

Supervision

Supervision Areas

  • Asylum, Refugees and Migration (with a particular country focus on Bulgaria, Denmark and France)
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Translation, Interpretation and Transcription

Current Research Students

  • Thesis title: 'The Transformation from "Immigrants" to "Citizens" – A Comparison of the Naturalisation Process in Britain and Germany Today'. Funder: ESRC Studentship. Start date: September 2011. Co-supervisor: Prof Satnam Virdee. (RG co-supervisor from August 2012.)

Anna Beesley

  • Thesis title: ‘How do asylum seekers and refused asylum seekers negotiate risk when seeking ‘wellness’ in Scotland?’ Funder: ESRC Studentship. Start date: September 2012. Co-supervisors: Dr Lucy Pickering, Prof Alison Phipps.

Taulant Guma

  • Thesis title: 'Negotiations of social security, welfare and risk amongst migrant populations from former socialist countries residing in Glasgow'. Funder: ESRC CASE Studentship. Start date: September 2010. Co-supervisors: Prof Rebecca KayDr Moya Flynn and Edelweisse Thornley (Glasgow City Council). (RG co-supervisor from February 2013.)

Ashli Mullen

  • Thesis title: '"Beggars and Thieves": Historical Discourses of Racialisation and Contemporary Representations of Roma (Im)migration in Scotland'. Funder: ESRC Studentship. Start date: September 2014. Co-supervisor: Prof Gregory Philo.

Annemiek Rhebergen

  • Thesis title: 'Illicit antiquities trade in Argentina: the appropriateness of governmental policy to local sociocultural contexts of looting'. Funder: ESRC Studentship. Start date: September 2013. Co-supervisor: Prof Simon Mackenzie.

Anna Terje

  • Thesis title: ‘Swedish-speaking Finns: A Multi-Method Qualitative Study’. Start date: September 2011. Funder: University of Glasgow Scholarship. Co-supervisor: Dr Moya Flynn.               

Past Research Students

Elpida Chlimintza

Katie Farrell

Teresa Piacentini

External Examining

Brandi Lee Dennell – 'Equality Works: How One Race Equality Centre Conceptualises, Articulates and Performs the Idea of Equality in Scotland' (PhD Thesis, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh, 2009).

Malcolm Franklin – 'Concepts of Displacement and Home: Seeking Asylum and Becoming a Refugee among the Host Community of Northern Ireland' (PhD Thesis, Social Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast, 2014).

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Administrative Responsibilities

External Examining

  • School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh (September 2009 to October 2014): MSc/Dip in Social Research, MSc/Dip by Research in Social Anthropology, MSc/Dip by Research in Medical Anthropology, and MSc/Dip by Research in South Asian Studies.

 

Additional information

Publications

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Number of items: 18.

2016

Gibb, R., and Danero Iglesias, J. (2016) Breaking the silence (again): on language learning and levels of fluency in ethnographic research. Sociological Review, (doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12389) (Early Online Publication)

2014

Gibb, R. (2014) Response to Sluis and Edwards, 'Rethinking combined departments'. Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 7(2), pp. 89-92. (doi:10.3167/latiss.2014.070206)

Gibb, R., and Good, A. (2014) Interpretation, translation and intercultural communication in refugee status determination procedures in the UK and France. Language and Intercultural Communication, 14(3), pp. 385-399. (doi:10.1080/14708477.2014.918314)

2013

Gibb, R., and Lambert, P. (2013) Studying Language and Society: Contemporary Developments at the Intersection of Sociology and Sociolinguistics. In: Jones, M. and Hornsby, D. (eds.) Language and Social Structure in Urban France. Legenda: Oxford. ISBN 978-1-907975-41-7

Gibb, R., and Good, A. (2013) Do the facts speak for themselves? Country of origin information in French and British refugee status determination procedures. International Journal of Refugee Law, 25(2), pp. 291-322. (doi:10.1093/ijrl/eet015)

2011

Gausset, Q., Kenrick, J., and Gibb, R. (2011) Indigeneity and autochthony: a couple of false twins? Social Anthropology, 19(2), pp. 135-142. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8676.2011.00144.x)

Gausset, Q., Kenrick, J., and Gibb, R. (2011) Introduction: What place for indigenous people in modern states? Anthropological Notebooks, 17(2), pp. 5-9.

2008

Gibb, R. (2008) Origin myths, conspiracy theories and anti-racist mobilizations in France. In: Reed-Danahay, D. and Brettell, C. (eds.) Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States. Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, NJ, USA, pp. 144-161. ISBN 9780813543291

2007

Bazin, L., Gibb, R., and Selim, M. (2007) Identités Nationales d'Etat. Journal des Anthropologues (Hors-série) [Volume editors]. Journal des Anthropologues,

Bazin, L., Gibb, R., and Selim, M. (2007) Nationalisation et Etatisation des identités dans le monde contemporain. Journal des Anthropologues, pp. 7-35.

2006

Bazin, L., Gibb, R., Neveu, C., and Selim, M. (2006) The broken myth: Popular unrest and the 'republican model of integration' in France. Anthropology Today, 22(2), pp. 16-17. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8322.2006.00424.x)

2004

Gibb, R. (2004) Seminar culture(s), rites of passage and the unmentionable in contemporary British social anthropology. In: Mills, D. and Harris, M. (eds.) Teaching Rites and Wrongs: Universities and the Making of Anthropologists. Series: Sociology, anthropology, politics (C-SAP) monograph series (2). C-SAP: Birmingham, UK, pp. 40-74.

2003

Gibb, R. (2003) Constructions et mutations de l'antiracisme en France. Journal des Anthropologues, 94-95, pp. 165-179.

Gibb, R. (2003) Anti-racism, citizenship and integration in contemporary France. In: Herrmann, P. (ed.) Between Politics and Sociology: Mapping Applied Social Studies. Series: Applied social sciences : recent developments, international and comparative perspectives. Nova Science: Hauppauge, NY, USA, pp. 77-97. ISBN 9781590335918

2001

Gibb, R. (2001) Toward an Anthropology of Social Movements. Journal des Anthropologues, 85-86, pp. 233-253.

Gibb, R. (2001) Leadership, political opportunities and organisational identity in the French anti-racist movement. In: Barker, C., Johnson, A. and Lavalette, M. (eds.) Leadership and Social Movements. Manchester University Press: Manchester, UK, pp. 60-76. ISBN 9780719059018

Gibb, R., and Mills, D. (2001) An interview with Adam Kuper. Social Anthropology, 9(2), pp. 207-216. (doi:10.1017/S0964028201000143)

Mills, D., and Gibb, R. (2001) 'Centre' and periphery - An interview with Paul Willis. Cultural Anthropology, 16(3), pp. 388-414.

This list was generated on Mon Jul 25 22:04:16 2016 BST.
Number of items: 18.

Articles

Gibb, R., and Danero Iglesias, J. (2016) Breaking the silence (again): on language learning and levels of fluency in ethnographic research. Sociological Review, (doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12389) (Early Online Publication)

Gibb, R. (2014) Response to Sluis and Edwards, 'Rethinking combined departments'. Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 7(2), pp. 89-92. (doi:10.3167/latiss.2014.070206)

Gibb, R., and Good, A. (2014) Interpretation, translation and intercultural communication in refugee status determination procedures in the UK and France. Language and Intercultural Communication, 14(3), pp. 385-399. (doi:10.1080/14708477.2014.918314)

Gibb, R., and Good, A. (2013) Do the facts speak for themselves? Country of origin information in French and British refugee status determination procedures. International Journal of Refugee Law, 25(2), pp. 291-322. (doi:10.1093/ijrl/eet015)

Gausset, Q., Kenrick, J., and Gibb, R. (2011) Indigeneity and autochthony: a couple of false twins? Social Anthropology, 19(2), pp. 135-142. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-8676.2011.00144.x)

Gausset, Q., Kenrick, J., and Gibb, R. (2011) Introduction: What place for indigenous people in modern states? Anthropological Notebooks, 17(2), pp. 5-9.

Bazin, L., Gibb, R., and Selim, M. (2007) Identités Nationales d'Etat. Journal des Anthropologues (Hors-série) [Volume editors]. Journal des Anthropologues,

Bazin, L., Gibb, R., and Selim, M. (2007) Nationalisation et Etatisation des identités dans le monde contemporain. Journal des Anthropologues, pp. 7-35.

Bazin, L., Gibb, R., Neveu, C., and Selim, M. (2006) The broken myth: Popular unrest and the 'republican model of integration' in France. Anthropology Today, 22(2), pp. 16-17. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-8322.2006.00424.x)

Gibb, R. (2003) Constructions et mutations de l'antiracisme en France. Journal des Anthropologues, 94-95, pp. 165-179.

Gibb, R. (2001) Toward an Anthropology of Social Movements. Journal des Anthropologues, 85-86, pp. 233-253.

Gibb, R., and Mills, D. (2001) An interview with Adam Kuper. Social Anthropology, 9(2), pp. 207-216. (doi:10.1017/S0964028201000143)

Mills, D., and Gibb, R. (2001) 'Centre' and periphery - An interview with Paul Willis. Cultural Anthropology, 16(3), pp. 388-414.

Book Sections

Gibb, R., and Lambert, P. (2013) Studying Language and Society: Contemporary Developments at the Intersection of Sociology and Sociolinguistics. In: Jones, M. and Hornsby, D. (eds.) Language and Social Structure in Urban France. Legenda: Oxford. ISBN 978-1-907975-41-7

Gibb, R. (2008) Origin myths, conspiracy theories and anti-racist mobilizations in France. In: Reed-Danahay, D. and Brettell, C. (eds.) Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging: Immigrants in Europe and the United States. Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, NJ, USA, pp. 144-161. ISBN 9780813543291

Gibb, R. (2004) Seminar culture(s), rites of passage and the unmentionable in contemporary British social anthropology. In: Mills, D. and Harris, M. (eds.) Teaching Rites and Wrongs: Universities and the Making of Anthropologists. Series: Sociology, anthropology, politics (C-SAP) monograph series (2). C-SAP: Birmingham, UK, pp. 40-74.

Gibb, R. (2003) Anti-racism, citizenship and integration in contemporary France. In: Herrmann, P. (ed.) Between Politics and Sociology: Mapping Applied Social Studies. Series: Applied social sciences : recent developments, international and comparative perspectives. Nova Science: Hauppauge, NY, USA, pp. 77-97. ISBN 9781590335918

Gibb, R. (2001) Leadership, political opportunities and organisational identity in the French anti-racist movement. In: Barker, C., Johnson, A. and Lavalette, M. (eds.) Leadership and Social Movements. Manchester University Press: Manchester, UK, pp. 60-76. ISBN 9780719059018

This list was generated on Mon Jul 25 22:04:16 2016 BST.