Migration is one of the great facts of human society. Its contribution to the making of the modern world cannot be overstated. While historical writing in settler societies such as the USA and Canada has emerged over a long time period, European nations with rich migration histories, such as the UK, France and Germany, have more latterly recognised the centrality of population movements. There is great scholarly interest in the field and that will grow now as legacies of imperialism become much more directly entangled with the lives of immigrants in the countries they have settled.
This therefore seems an opportune time to establish a Migration History Seminar in London.
We'll organise seven seminars per year here at London Met. The scope for papers is infinite given the numbers of people already working in this area as well as the potential future research, as migration increasingly moves into the mainstream of historical study. Speakers will address all of the areas associated with migration: the process of movement itself; statutory regulation of immigration and emigration; the settlement patterns and social and economic activity in the new environment; the patterns of new identity; interaction with already established populations, whether positive or negative; and the impact of new arrivals. The geographical scope is global both in terms of the societies which send people abroad and those which receive newcomers, although many papers may have a British focus due to the fact that most of those working in this area in Britain tend to focus upon the country, we have invited scholars working in diverse settings and will make this a driver of our programme.
The convenors consist of a combination of established scholars and academics at an earlier stage of their careers who have, however, already made significant contributions to the field. Although the five convenors all have British interests, collectively they also have worked on all parts of the world and therefore have the expertise and networks to make this a vibrant seminar of great value, in particular, to doctoral students.
Migration History Seminar Programme
|20 October 2021
|Professor Hakim Adi
|Anti-racism: A British tradition
|17 November 2021
|Dr Jack Crangle
|Migrant identities in Northern Ireland's divided society: British, Irish or 'Other'?
|8 December 2021
|Not yet a Hun, already a Boche: The impact of international relations on German minorities in Britain and France 1900-1914
|19 January 2022
|Dr Claudia Soares
|"I want to strike out for myself and get on in the world": Children's welfare, migration and emotion, c. 1850-1930
|23 February 2022
|Professor Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
|"Human or not, everyone has their own habits and tastes": Food, identity and difference in travel writing from Muslim South Asia
|23 March 2022
|Dr Priya Atwal
|Hostages, exiles or dignitaries? Transnational royal migration in the age of empire and nation-states
|27 April 2022
|Dr Daniel Renshaw
|Humanitarian and exterminatory elements of discourse on removal and repatriation in modern Britain
This event is co-hosted by the Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre.
The seminars took place online on BlackBoard Collaborate.
Find out more about the seminars
Anti-racism: A British tradition
Wednesday 20 October 2021
It's clear Britain has a tradition of institutionalised racism, but is there a more liberal tradition of anti-racism that's been hidden from the history books? Find out at our seminar.
Migrant identities in Northern Ireland's divided society: British, Irish or 'Other'?
Wednesday 17 November 2021
Northern Ireland has been home to migrant and ethnic minorities since the XIX century. How did those communities navigate a confusing backdrop of militarisation and violence?
Not yet a Hun, already a Boche: The impact of international relations on German minorities in Britai
Wednesday 8 December 2021
How does international relations impact the treatment and experiences of migrants? Find out more at this seminar on German migrants in France and Britain in 1900 to 1914.
"I want to strike out for myself and get on in the world": Children's welfare, migration and emotion
Wednesday 19 January 2022
Migration of destitute and neglected children to overseas colonies in the XIX and XX centuries was meant to offer better life chances, but did it really succeed?
Food, identity and difference in travel writing from Muslim South Asia
Wednesday 23 February 2022
In 2015 a wave of 'beef lynchings' drew attention to the spread of a food fascism in India. This seminar will explore how food has been employed as a marker of identity and difference.
Hostages, exiles or dignitaries? Transnational royal migration
Wednesday 23 March 2022
This paper will explore the nature and impact of the relationships forged between Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and a group of their imperial 'protégés' from the former colonies.