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Queen Mary to host East End migration research night

The Centre for the Study of Migration at Queen Mary, University of London, will be hosting a night of talks on migration to East London on Wednesday 18 January.

9 January 2012


A street sign in the Brick Lane area, with Bengali translation

The event will bring together researchers working on migration-related issues across several schools at Queen Mary, including the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, the School of Geography and the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Ongoing research projects range from the historical to the contemporary and include studies on human rights, refugee and migrant health issues such as HIV, diabetes and tuberculosis, religion, border controls and the settlement in London of Jewish, Eastern European, Indian, African, Caribbean, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities over the last four centuries.

Those presenting their research projects include Dr Kavita Datta (Geography), Dr Martyn Frampton (History), Dr Alex Mesoudi (Biological and Chemical Sciences), Dr Gil Toffell (Languages, Linguistics and Film) and Professor Clive Seale (Centre for Primary Care and Public Health).

The Centre for the Study of Migration at Queen Mary is located in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. It acts as a hub for migration-related research taking place across the faculties at Queen Mary and has developed a particular expertise on the East End of London.

The Centre was founded in 1995 by Dr Anne Kershen, a historian of migration to London's East End, and has benefitted from the support of Professor Bill Fishman, known for his valuable studies of Jewish migration to the area. It is currently under the direction of Professor Parvati Nair of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, whose research focuses on migration and culture.

The Centre actively supports interdisciplinary research and also fosters strong links with local community organizations and arts groups. It hosts an annual conference, an annual guest lecture and several other research-related events.

All are welcome to attend the presentation of research projects. Please RSVP to Parvati Nair at p.nair@qmul.ac.uk or 020 7882 8317 by Friday 13 January to reserve a seat. The event will begin at 6pm in the ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus.

Further information on the Centre for the Study of Migration and research currently taking place can be found at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/migration/

For media information, contact:

Rupert Marquand
Public Relations Manager
Queen Mary University of London
email: r.marquand@qmul.ac.uk
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