Everyone knows about Brexit.

Be it borders or Boris, the magnitude of the political sphere has surpassed all boundaries of late and even the most bizarre of happenings are becoming the new norm.

The Peace Boat tour is one of these seemingly bizarre happenings that ends up making perfect sense – a boat which takes its passengers from Japan to Greenock, to learn about global peace on the way.

A Japan-based international NGO which promotes peace, human rights, and sustainability, Peace Boat holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

On its 102nd global voyage, the Peace Boat is finally making its way to Scotland, where the University of Glasgow’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow Anna Gawlewicz will board the vessel.

“I am very excited about the tour, I can’t wait,” says Anna. “We leave on October 16.

“I’m joining in Montreal in Canada and I think we’ll stop in Quebec and Iceland and in Greenock, where I’ll be leaving to come home.”

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Anna’s work in Urban Studies has been looking at migration into Glasgow’s East End and the effect that Brexit will have on that movement.

She has been asked to share her research on the voyage through a series of lectures, so that the experience of migrating to and living in Glasgow can be understood by a global audience.

“I’ve been asked to give four lectures, because the audience is international and might not be very familiar with what is going on in the UK with Brexit,” explains Anna. I can’t imagine an audience who wouldn’t be familiar with Brexit, which shows how difficult the flip-side of that narrative would be. Anna says that she understands my confusion.

“I was asked to assume that there will be a lot of knowledge about those topics, to talk in a very simple terms but not oversimplify” she explains. Easier said than done.

“I decided to start an introductory talk about the European union and free movement in Europe, to give people context about where this migration to Scotland is coming from in the first place.

“The location of my research in Glasgow is massively interesting, so I’m focusing on the distinctiveness in Scotland, both in Brexit and in Scotland’s devolved government, how Scotland voted to remain and how the government has been supportive of immigration. A special part of my research is focusing on Polish migration to the East End.”

I won’t be embarking on the voyage, so I asked that Anna could give me a flavour of what she’ll be talking about.

“There are a lot of challenges related to Brexit. People are really fed up, and it’s a sense of fatigue about the ongoing uncertainty about what Brexit brings.

“It’s not only polish migrants but it’s the long settled population. I want to explain this and bring some knowledge about the city.

“I’m going to showcase Glasgow, and why people want to move there. It really is such a wonderful city. I can’t wait to celebrate that, bring some more global understanding on why that is”.

Even in this Brexit-dominated world – how could anyone argue with that?