The Battle that changed East End
Brick Lane Circle is delighted to announce that it has received a grant of £46,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to engage a group of young people (18-25) to explore East London’s historical links with Bengal through researching and writing about the area’s East India Company sites.
The project idea emerged out of the series of events that Brick Lane Circle organized in June 2007 to commemorate the 250 Years Anniversary of the Battle of Plassey (23 June 1757), when the British achieved victory in Bengal under Robert Clive. It was also the beginning of the British Indian Empire, under the banner of the English East India Company. The research findings will be put together in a publication, which will be launched during October 2008 Black History Month at a specially organized event at the Museum in Docklands. An exhibition illustrating the work of the young people, historical paintings and photographs and important documents will accompany the publication. The work of the young people will be made electronically available and an education pack will be developed.
The young people will undertake research on a number of East India Company sites in East London, an area dotted with important locations and buildings that have historical links with Bengal. It is also the home of the largest concentration of Bangladeshi people in the UK. The 250 Years anniversary events of the British conquest of Bengal (organized by Brick Lane Circle during June 2007) provided a focus for generating interest in learning about the shared heritage of East London. The young researchers will be primarily recruited from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and given workshops, guided tours, mentoring support and assistance in writing their chapters. These activities will help familiarise participants about important East India Company sites and their historical links with Bengal and provide guidance on the sources of information. Continue reading
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A new blog about Foreign Workers and Students in the GDR was launched recently and is run by Dr Damian Mac Con Uladh, an expert in this important field of migration history and studies. Damian hopes that:
this blog will allow me to draw together the hundreds of book reports, media articles, television documentaries on the subject. Moreover, I hope that it will enable foreign graduates of East German universities as well as former contract workers to contact me and each other, offering them a forum to relate their own experiences should they wish.
3 and 4 April 2008, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham
Deadline for papers and contributions: 30 November 2007
This conference might be of interest to everyone working in the area of climate change and forced migration (‘Intersections’ theme of the months of July and August).
The premise of this conference is that human society has had a potentially catastrophic effect on the earth’s climate. For some commentators it is not out of the question that we will bring about our own extinction unless we modify our behaviour. And while the scientific community has had a major influence on governments’ and the public’s understanding of climate change, the contribution of the humanities has been less significant. With that in view, this conference seeks contributions from across the humanities, from historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, human geographers, demographers, philosophers, writers, and from students of politics, economics, international relations, religion, literature and culture.
The Cite nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, a new museum, cultural and research centre on immigration and diversity will open this summer. In the meantime, check out their website (in French). It contains information about planned conferences and recent publications in the field:
New Media and Global Diaspora Symposium
Date: October 5-7, 2007
Location: Roger William University, Rhode Island, USA
Abstract: The symposium, sponsored by the Global Communication Program
and the Center for Global and International Studies at Roger Williams
University in Bristol, Rhode Island, focuses primarily on the migrations
of the past 100 years and how the “living traditions” transmitted by
these communities are continually subject to loss, gain and
interpretation. Media developed during this same period play a role,
both direct and indirect, in this process as these traditions become
transplanted into their “new home.” (Source: KMDiary Volume 8: Issue
Dr Jan Kok
Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
International Institute of Social History
The journal is edited by the University of California Press.
Issues can be ordered on http://ucpressjournals.com/journal.asp?j=tph