Punjab Research Group

Bharat Britain: South Asians Making Britain, 1870-1950

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on June 3, 2010

13/14 September 2010
British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras, London

This major international conference marks the culmination of the AHRC-funded project ‘Making Britain: South Asian Visions of Home and Abroad, 1870-1950’, led by the Open University in collaboration with the University of Oxford and King’s College, London. ‘Bharat Britain’ will showcase new research from distinguished scholars, curators and writers worldwide. Held in partnership with the British Library, it will explore the manifold ways in which South Asians impacted on the formation of Britain’s cultural and political life prior to Independence and Partition in 1947.

‘Bharat Britain’ will map the various networks and affiliations South Asians and Britons formed across boundaries of ‘race’, ‘nation’, ‘culture’ and ‘class’, setting up connections which were to anticipate the shape of things to come. The conference will add historical depth and breadth to our present-day readings of ‘diaspora’ and ‘migration’, and counter the common perception that a British monoculture only began to diversify after the Second World War.

• Opening of panel exhibition ‘South Asians Making Britain, 1858-1950’, which will then tour the UK.
• Launch of online interactive database comprising several hundred entries on South Asians in Britain.

For further details and the programme, please go to: http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/south-asians-making-britain/conference.htm

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