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Postcolonial migration meets European integration: Britain in comparative perspective

Elizabeth Buettner

Thursday 1 February 2018, 6.15PM

Speaker(s): Professor Elizabeth Buettner, University of Amsterdam

Centre for Modern Studies Lecture

Co-hosted by the White Rose “Imperial Afterlives” network

This talk taps into some of the core topics covered within Europe after Empire: Decolonization, Society, and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2016), where Elizabeth considered British as well as French, Belgian, Dutch, and Portuguese histories of coming to terms with the end of empire at home with a special emphasis on cultural and social adjustments.  Migrations (of ex-colonizers returning home as well as formerly colonized peoples moving to Europe), the re-imagining of national identities in multicultural societies, and the ways empire has been remembered and forgotten in former colonial powers count among the book’s central themes.  After sketching out some of the broader dimensions of European migration histories and decolonization after 1945, this lecture will focus more closely on three of her five case studies: Britain, France, and Portugal, placing migrations from outside Europe in connection with movements across European borders.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception open to the public.

Location: The Treehouse, first floor, Berrick Saul building

Admission: is free and open to all. No booking required.