Migration, Diasporas and Cultural Heritage Research Day

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Tuesday 26 February 2019, 10:00 – 12:30

Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library

A research day focusing on Senate House Library’s primary source material relating to the experience of migration across different times and places, with a particular focus on contemporary diasporas, forced migration, 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 renders it particularly useful for research, not only to explore the experience of migration, but more widely to understand issues of identity and belonging, the concept of mobility in the context of both forced and voluntary migration, the cultural impact of 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


10:00 – 10:15  Registration

10:15 – 10:20  Welcome and Introduction

10:20 – 10:35  Maria Castrillo and Richard Espley (Senate House Library) - Collections Overview

10:35 – 11:20  Case Studies

  • Maria Castrillo (Senate House Library) – tbc
  • Clare George (Senate House Library/Institute of Modern Languages Research) – Promoting Friendship and Understanding between the Peoples of Great Britain and Austria’: the Archives of the Anglo-Austrian Society and Anglo-Austrian Music Society
  • Naomi Wells (Institute of Modern Languages Research) – Digital Diasporas: Archiving the Web Presence of London’s Latin American communities

11:20 – 12:00 Viewing of Collections

12:00 – 12:30 Discussion and Next Steps

Event details

  • 26 February 2019 10:00
  • Maria Castrillo, Richard Espley, Clare George, Naomi Wells
  • Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library
  • Free (please book in advance due to limited places available)
  • Senate House Library Event


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