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Global migrants, local cultures: historical perspectives on migration to Britain

Wed 17 Apr 2013, 6 for 6.30pm, Room 9130, Cantor Building, City Campus

In this series of three public lectures, made possible by a Leverhulme Trust Award to Sheffield Hallam University's Department of Humanities, visiting professor Laura Tabili presents insights drawn from her in-depth research into the history of overseas migration to Britain. Her work has important implications for current debates on overseas migration and community cohesion.Lecture 2: Closed communities? Integrating migrants in provincial England. Current debates on community cohesion often present a picture of homogeneous white working-class communities reacting negatively to the challenges of cultural diversity posed by post-war migration. However the historical picture was more complex, and some migrants enjoyed a high degree of integration with the 'native' population.Laura Tabili is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Arizona and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a leading historian of 'race', racism, migration and empire in Britain between the mid-19th and 20th centuries and author of two path-breaking books in the field: We Ask for British Justice: Workers and Racial Difference in Late Imperial Britain and Global Migrants, Local Culture: Natives and Newcomers in Provincial England, 1841-1939.Places are free and include refreshments, but must be booked in advance.Event details on Sheffield Hallam University website

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