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Title: This research programme is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and runs from January

  • This research programme is funded by the Arts and
    Humanities Research Council and runs from January
    2005 to the end of February 2010 with a budget of
    6.3 million.
  • Director Professor Kim Knott

  • Commissioning projects within the programme
  • In October 2005, we commissioned
  • 20 small research projects
  • 14 workshops and networks (including Writing
    British Asian Cities
  • In July 2006, we commissioned
  • 15 large research grants (from a total of 157
    applications), including four studentships.
  • See posters.

  • Programme activities
  • In addition to projects, networks and workshops,
    other programme activities include,
  • Programme database and email updates
  • Programme website,
  • Workshops for award-holders
  • Two postgraduate conferences, 2006 and 2008
  • Open seminars and joint programme events in 2008
  • Stakeholder events and final conference in 2009
  • A programme book, Diasporas Concepts,
    Identities, Intersections, policy briefings,
    practice-led output etc.

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  • Key priorities of the Programme
  • Research quality, range and coherence
  • Research engagement and dissemination (including
    knowledge exchange)
  • Collaboration and interdisciplinarity
  • Monitoring and evaluation of programme and its
  • Improving public awareness of the programme and
    arts and humanities research
  • Embedding research on diasporas, migration and
    identities in medium to long term agenda (of AHRC
    and academy more generally)

  • Other projects on South Asian diasporas
  • Dr Kate Pahl (SG)
  • Artefacts and narratives of migration Rotherham
    museum collections and the Pakistani/Kashmiri
  • This project involved collaboration between two
    universities, Creative Partnerships, a museum,
    local families, a school, a Sure Start centre,
    and a visual artist. It explored ways in which
    museum practices and the collection of artefacts
    within a museum are both upheld and disrupted
    through the presentation of an exhibition of
    identity narratives. The exhibition, at the
    Walker Gallery Rotherham, was opened in February
    2007, and a web-based version is at

  • Other projects on South Asian diasporas
  • Prof John Baily (SG)
  • Afghan music in London and its ongoing
    communications with Kabul and the Afghan
    Transnational Community
  • Research into the dynamics of music practice
    amongst Afghans in London, and how through their
    cultural performances they communicate with
    Afghanistan and other parts of the Afghan
    diaspora. Building on work already carried out in
    Pakistan, Iran and the USA, the project focused
    on musical innovation, the feedback of new music
    from the periphery (the transnational community)
    to the centre (Kabul), and the connection between
    the creation of new music and transformations in
    the construction of cultural identity.
  • A public concert was held in London in November

  • Research on Asian diasporas
  • This project brings together historical,
    sociological and anthropological perspectives and
    methodologies to compare the history of migration
    and settlement of Bengali Muslims in the Bengal
    Delta region and across the UK since 1947. It
    will enquire who these migrants were, where they
    came from, and why they resettled where they did,
    and explore in what ways their experience of
    integration has been shaped by their different
    locations. It will focus on oral history accounts
    of migration, arrival and settlement, the
    imagination of old and new homes, and the
    formation of new cultural and religious
  • Dr Joya Chatterji and Dr Claire Alexander
  • The Bengal Diaspora Bengali settlers in South
    Asia and Britain

Research on Asian diasporas
  • This project investigates the presence of South
    Asian clothing textiles in British culture in
    both colonial and post-colonial times. In
    exploring the processes of material cultural
    exchange between Britain and South Asia the
    research will cast new light on both the imperial
    diaspora in India and contemporary South Asian
    diasporas in Britain.
  • Indian textiles associated with the colonial
    British diaspora centred on the collections of
    the Victoria and Albert Museum (1850s to 1880s) .
  • a parallel analysis of contemporary (1990s and
    2000s) arrays of South Asian textiles
    associated with the post-colonial South Asian
  • engagements between clothing textiles from the
    VAs collections and contemporary
    British-Asian fashion and textile practitioners
    and consumers.

Professor Philip Crang and the VA Fashioning
Diaspora Space textiles, pattern and cultural
Research on Asian diasporas
Thirty years ago, the workers in a
photo-processing plant in north west London
Grunwicks walked out in an industrial protest
about low pay and exploitative conditions. The
workers and the leaders of the industrial action
were mainly women, and the majority of them first
generation Asian migrants to the UK. This strike
became an iconic example of Asian womens
political empowerment in post-war Britain. Thirty
years later, almost identical imagery was used in
the coverage of the Gate Gourmet strike, a strike
by workers in a food preparation firm providing
airline meals for flights from Heathrow. The
main methodologies include oral histories
undertaken with women workers and the collection
and analysis of archival and other documentary
sources relating to both strikes.

Professor Ruth Pearson and Professor Linda
McDowell Asian womens political activism
Grunwick and Gate Gourmet disputes
  • Research on Asian diasporas
  • The research explores how South Asian children
    in East London (aged 8-13 years old) experience
    and represent 'transnational lives', whether this
    involves travel to 'the homeland', or being part
    of families and communities in which people
    constantly move. It draws attention to South
    Asian children born in Britain, many of whom are
    taken on or receive regular visitors from the
    'homeland', and are likely to have a
    significantly different perspectives than adults
    on questions of belonging, cultural identity and
    place. They are in transition, yet beyond popular
    assumptions of being 'between two cultures', we
    know little about their perspectives. The project
    involves collaborations with schools, local
    artists and the Museum of Childhood in Bethnel
  • Dr Katy Gardner
  • and Dr Kanwal Mand
  • Home and Away Experiences and Representations
    of Transnational South Asian Children

  • Forthcoming joint programme activities
  • We are working with other programmes to organise
    joint events which will involve award holders and
    allow them to disseminate their research in
    interdisciplinary contexts.
  • Encounters and Intersections Diasporas, Religion
    and Identities Joint conference (with AHRC/ESRC
    Religion and Society and ESRC Identities and
    Social Action), 9-11 July 2008, St Catherines
    College Oxford
  • Diasporas, space and the city Joint double
    session (with AHRC Landscape and Environment)
    at RGS/IBG Annual Conference, London 27-29 August

Writing British Asian Leeds- religion and food -