The Impact of Diasporas
The Oxford Diasporas Programme at the University of Oxford and the Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain programme at the University of Leicester hosted this Impact of Diasporas event at the Royal Geographical Society, London on 17 September 2015.
The event was the culmination and conclusion of two innovative, multidisciplinary five-year research programmes, generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust. It showcased the work of these two programmes and celebrated their achievements.
Its academic focus featured four themed panels: ‘Home and Away’; ‘Lost and Found’; ‘Coming and Going’ and ‘Remembering and Forgetting’.
Thomas Hylland Eriksen gave a keynote presentation on 'Culture as a commons: Osmosis, crossroads and the paradoxes of identity'. The event concluded with lectures by the principal investigators (Joanna Story and Robin Cohen), and an evening drinks reception.
Alongside the event itself, there were extensive displays of work from each programme in the form of project posters, photo-essays and publication displays; a video display showing work from the Doh Mix Meh Up: Diaspora and Identity in Art exhibition; and an exhibition by the Royal Geographical Society that showed a selection of their extensive archival holdings.
Attendees received free copies of programme publications, including Diasporas Reimagined, edited by Nando Sigona, Alan Gamlen, Giulia Liberatore and Helene Neveu Kringelbach.