The diverse local character and trajectories of South Asian diasporas in Britain today is the product mainly of post-war immigration from particular parts of India, modern Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as East Africa. Recognising that there is now an urgent need to reflect upon this presence, this website is the first to explore the changing historical and spatial dynamics of five British-Asian cities.
Funded by the AHRC Diasporas, Migrations and Identities Programme between 2006 and 2009, a network of academics and non-academics set out to examine how each city has been ‘written’ and represented by different constituencies in scholarship, oral history, novels and other forms of cultural production, as well as in the media and official reports. Click here for a summary of the final report, here for information on a journal article and here for a press article.
Meetings of academics, cultural practitioners, community representatives and policy analysts were held in community spaces in the five cities. Each city has a dedicated page on this interactive website which reports on discussions at these events, as well as providing links to working papers and other resources.
- June 2006 (Bradford, Mumtaz Restaurant)
- September 2006 (London’s East End, Kobi Nazrul Commmunity Centre)
- March 2007 (Manchester, Indus 5 Restaurant)
- September 2007 (Leicester, the Peepul Centre)
- February 2008 (Birmingham, The Nishkam Civic Association)
Please feel free to comment on and suggest additions in the Resource centre. NB A new initiative in 2009 documents local people speaking about each city. To date, several Bradford and Manchester voices have been collected whilst funding is being sought to extend this feature for all locations.
You can also post your details on this website for networking purposes. As part of the network, a Symposium for researchers was held at the University of Leeds in March 2008, while a panel was also organised at the the European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Manchester University, 2008. The paper abstracts for ECMSAS can be found here. Most recently, we have established a BASAS Research Group.