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Susan Lok gave a paper at Beyond the Academy; Research as Exhibition, at Tate Britain, 14 May 2010.

The Large Grant project "A Long Way from Home: Diaspora Communities in Roman Britain" (Dr Hella Eckardt) received a good deal of press, including an item on BBC1's The One Show, in regard to the discovery in York of the grave of a wealthy woman of North African descent, the "Ivory Bangle Lady". Articles about this are shown below:

Striking Women: Voices of South Asian Workers
This free exhibition was held at the Women's Library, Old Castle Street, London E1 7NT
from 8 October 2009 - 31 March 2010

Music and Migration, 15-17 October 2009, University of Southampton. Part of the Diaspora as social and cultural practice: a study of transnational networks across Europe and Africa project

Migrating Music: Media, Politics and Style, 10-11 July 2009, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Part of the Tuning in: diasporic contact zones at the BBC World Service project

Diasporic Encounters, Sacred Journeys, 15-17 June 2009, Keele University.
Part of the In the footsteps of Jesus and the Prophet: sociality, caring and the religious imagination in the Filipino diaspora project

Geographies of Caribbean Migration, University of Manchester, 16-17 July 2009. Part of the Mapping migrant cultures in Manchester 1880-2000 project

Moving Patterns
7-21 May 2009, a drawing installation at the Royal Geographical Society presenting visual work from the Fashioning diaspora space: textiles, pattern and cultural exchange between Britain and south Asia project.

Fashioning Diasporas
Friday 15-Saturday 16 May 2009, Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
This major international conference brought together some of the most exciting thinkers on fashion, culture and identity to explore the relationship of diaspora communities, objects and spaces to the processes of clothing production and consumption in historical and contemporary world cultures.  The first day considered the ways in which fashion has been used as a basis for establishing new identities and connecting with old ones by diaspora communities.  The second day discussed objects such as the sari, the cheongsam, and denim, and their design and reception.  The conference formed part of the Fashioning Diaspora Space project.

"The World Club of Odessans"
6-13 April 2009, Odessa, Ukraine. Photo exhibition and talk, part of the Black Sea currents: migration and cosmopolitan dynamics in two post-imperial cities, Odessa and Istanbul project

Home and Away: Children's images of journeys and places, 10 January - 29 March 2009, V & A Museum of Childhood. From the Home and away: experiences and representations of transnational South Asian children project

Tate Encounters: Research in Progress, Duveen Studio, Tate Britain, 20 February - 22 March 2009. Part of the Tate Encounters: Black and Asian identities, Britishness and visual culture project

"Rituals of Diaspora" Workshop, 20 March 2009, London School of Economics
Part of the Bengal Diaspora: Bengali settles in South Asia and Britain: a comparative and inter-disciplinary study project

What's Social about Sport?
9 March 2009, Sheffield United, Sheffield. Part of the Tuning in: diasporic contact zones at the BBC World Service project

"Reading after Empire: Local, Global and Diaspora Audiences": An international conference hosted by the University of Sterling, Scotland, 3-5 September 2008. This conference was organised by the large grant project Devolving Diasporas: Migration and Reception in Central Scotland, 1980-present.
Speakers included: Arjun Appadurai, Jackie Kay, Greg Myers, Stephanie Newell, Vron Ware

20th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies (ECMSAS): 8-11 July 2008, University of Manchester. Panel 38: Writing the Cities of the south Asian Diaspora Worldwide, was organised by the Network project From Diaspora to Multi-Locality: Writing British Asian Cities.

Researching Migration: A Symposium at Jury's Inn, Southampton, 18 January 2008. This symposium was the first of two LASS funded symposia on migration that jointly launched a Southampton Migration Research Network. This symposium was organised by the large grant project Diaspora as Social and Cultural Practice: a Study of Transnational Networks across Europe and Africa.

"International Broadcasting, Public Dilomacy and Cultural Exchange": A conference to evaluate 75 years of broadcasting. 18-19 December 2007, Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies, London. See This conference was supported by the Large Grant Research Project: Tuning in: Diasporic Contact Zones at the BBC World Service.

"Scenes of Afghan Music" launched at Goldsmiths on Tuesday 13 November 2007 at 5.30pm. This was an outcome of the project entitled Afghan Music in London and its ongoing communications with Kabul and the Afghan Transnational Community.

"Creolising Europe" - a Conference of the Migration and Diaspora Cultural Studies Network, University of Manchester, 6 - 8 September 2007.

'Queer Diasporas': a two-day conference held at the University of Manchester on 24-25 May 2007, in connection with the Migration and Diaspora Cultural Studies Networks project.

A Workshop on "Transnational Families: Emotions and Belonging" was held on Thursday 11 May 2007 at Queen's University Belfast, in connection with the project on Migration: Emotions and Human Mobility.

Reading, Reception, Diaspora: May 16 2007; a workshop intended to stimulate and inform ongoing research on the Devolving Diasporas project. See

Dr Christer Petley gave a paper at the University of York on 15 February 2007: "British Slaveholders: Identities and the Atlantic World", in connection with his small grant award on The Identities of Slaveholders in the British Atlantic World: a Case Study of Simon Taylor.

Performance and Asylum: Research Issues: a one-day symposium, Friday 9 February 2007 in connection with the project on Performance and Asylum: Embodiment, Ethics, Community.

The Industrial Context of Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe: 13 January 2007. Part of the Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe project. Podcasts of this conference can be found on the project website:

Myth and Cultural Memory in the Viking Diaspora, 11-12 January 2007, University of Leicester. See

A concert of Afghan Music held on 23 November 2006 at The Great Hall, Goldsmith's College. This was in connection with Professor John Baily's project on Afghan Music in London and its ongoing communications with Kabul and the Afghan Transnational community.

Mobility and Identity Formation: an Interdisciplinary Approach to the "Italian Case":Workshop, 9 December 2006, University of Warwick

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe: 6-8 July 2006. See

From Diaspora to Multi-Locality: Writing British Asian cities: Mumtaz Restaurant, Bradford, 6 June 2006.

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Midlands Viking Symposium 2006: Traders, Raiders, Drinkers and Thinkers; 29 April 2006. See

Making the Connections: Arts, Migration and Diaspora Regional Network. Launch event 26 April 2006. See

Other Related Events

Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship: Conference in Bristol, 14 and 15 November 2008

Diaspora and the City: Memory, Emotion and Belonging. Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachussetts, 15-18 April 2008

Nordic Migrations: Past & Present: 26-27 October 2007, Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. For further information see. Session

British Association of Applied Linguistics: Seminars Programme: 12-13 May 2006 University of Warwick, 15-16 June 2006 University of Leeds. See

Diaspora and the City: half-day workshop, 7 November 2007, The City Centre, Queen Mary, University of London. With presentations by large grant award holders Rosemary Sales and Caroline Humphrey.

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