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Professorial Lecture - Professor Laura Tabili
Global migrants, local cultures:
historical perspectives on overseas migration to Britain

In this series of three public lectures, made possible by a Leverhulme Trust Award to Sheffield Hallam University's Department of Humanities, visiting professor Laura Tabili presents insights drawn from her in-depth research into the history of overseas migration to Britain. Her work has important implications for current debates on overseas migration and community cohesion.

Lecture 1
Anchors and bridges:
women’s hidden centrality to global m
Friday 8 March 2013
6 for 6.30pm
Room 9130, Cantor Building, City Campus
Historically, women have been central to global migration. In Victorian Britain, although men comprised the bulk of long-distance migrants, local studies of relations within migrant communities reveal that both ‘native’ and migrant women played vital roles in integrating and consolidating migrant communities. Women integrated migrants into local families and networks as well as stabilising culturally distinct migrant communities. In the process, they became key agents shaping the local society and economy. While scholars often assume competition between migrant and ‘native’ men as the norm, a focus on gender analysis suggests that co-operation between migrant men and local women might have been equally common.   

Laura Tabili is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Arizona and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a leading historian of ‘race’, racism, migration and empire in Britain between the mid-19th and 20th centuries and author of two path-breaking books in the field: ‘We Ask for British Justice’. Workers and Racial Difference in Late Imperial Britain (Cornell University Press, 1994) and Global Migrants, Local Culture. Natives and Newcomers in Provincial England, 1841-1939 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Professor Tabili is at Sheffield Hallam University for a three-month visit funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which enables distinguished international scholars to make extended visits to British universities for the purpose of sharing their expertise.

Places are free and include refreshments and a light buffet, but must be booked in advance.

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