Migration and Cultural Memory Research Day

Migration and Cultural Memory Research Day

Tuesday 22st November, 1:30 pm-4:00 pm

Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library


Senate House Library holds a wealth of primary source material relating to the experience of migration across different times and places, with a particular focus on forced migration, displaced persons and exiles as a result of war or political persecution. This research day will focus on some of these collections and how they can be explored from an interdisciplinary angle. The rarity and scarcity of this material, some of which is linked to the Institute of Modern Languages Research, renders it particularly useful for research, not only to explore the experience of forced migration, but more widely to understand issues of identity and belonging, the concept of mobility in the context of forced migration, the cultural impact of forced migration and exile, personal interactions and their legacy.

This session will be led by a team of specialist staff from Senate House Library and external academic leads. It will consist of an overview of this subject area, followed by case studies outlining current or recent research based on the collections. There will also be an opportunity to see a sample of original items from this area of the collections, and to talk to specialist library and academic staff about potential research topics the collections can support.


The research day is addressed to:

  • 3rd year undergraduates looking for MRes topics
  • Masters students seeking PhD projects
  • PhD students looking for ECR projects
  • Academic staff looking for large-scale projects for research council funding
  • Commercial digitisation partners


1:30 – 2:00       Tea, coffee and registration (Durning Lawrence Library)


2:00 – 2:05     Welcome and introduction


2:05 – 2:20     Maria Castrillo (Head of Special Collections & Engagement) and Richard Espley (Head of Modern Collections): Collections overview


2:20 – 3:05     Case studies


John London (Director of Centre for Catalan Studies, QMUL) and Andrea Meyer Ludowisy (Western European Languages Research Librarian, SHL): Joan Gili and Catalan exiles

Clare George (Miller Trust Archivist, Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study/SHL): German and Austrian exiles archives

Ulrich Tiedau (University College London): Emile Cammaerts


3:05 – 3:40     Viewing of collections


3:40 – 4:00     Plenary discussion and next steps


4:00                 Close


Event details

  • 22 November 2017 13:30
  • Various Speakers
  • Free, but with limited spaces
  • Senate House Library Event


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