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David Holland (Sheffield): ‘Native and Newcomer, Marriage and Belonging: The social networks of pioneering Muslim migrants in the Sheffield area, c.1916 – 1947’

David Holland is a 2nd year PGR student and Wolfson Foundation scholar in the Department

During 1919-20, a number a British ports were rocked by race riots, apparently between white working-class natives and non-white newcomers, mostly seamen from colonised territories in the British Empire. Subsequently our view of British domestic ‘race-relations’ during the interwar period has been primarily informed by these destructive events. However, this paper will present new research suggesting that other, equally significant, processes were at play in the period before the era of mass New Commonwealth migration.

Behind the period’s lurid headlines decrying ‘miscegenation’ and ‘racial degeneration’, social bonds formed between white working-class natives and non-white Muslims, mostly British Indian and Yemeni former seafarers, through marriage, friendship and work. These alliances constituted nodes on a trans-imperial migration network and aided both permanent settlement and further economic migration of sojourners. Marriages between natives and newcomers took place across Britain, particularly in imperial ports, but also inland. In particular, the paper explores a previously un-researched settlement in the industrial city of Sheffield.

Focusing not only on the process of pioneering early migration and migrants’ social networks, the paper examines the process of cultural exchange, fluidity and hybridity displayed by both natives and newcomers. This historical reconstruction and analysis of early British immigration history calls into question assumptions about the extent to which imperial notions of race and miscegenation were internalized among the home population, particularly within the working-class communities to which the Muslim newcomers belonged.

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2015 BGEAH Conference

The British Group of Early American Historians will hold its annual conference at the University of Sheffield, 3-6 September, 2015. The program features thirty speakers from across the UK, Europe, North America, and Australia addressing topics in early American history before 1820. Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne, will deliver a lively keynote, “Planters, Fear, and Slavery in the Coming of the American Revolution” and there will be a “book club” session considering Andrew Beaumont’s, Colonial America and the Earl of Halifax, 1748–1761 (OUP, 2015).

View the full program.

Colleagues and students are all welcome. There is no need to register, unless you want to share in the delights of university catering and the conference dinner on Saturday night – in which case see the uni “shop”.

92% satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014

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We’re very proud to have received a 92% overall satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey 2014.

94% of our students say our staff are good at explaining things and are enthusiastic about what they’re teaching.

91% of our students also say that our staff made their subject interesting and that the courses are well organised and run smoothly. 93% are happy with the teaching on their course.

If that’s not all The University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union has been voted the best in the UK for the third year running!

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More about our Students’ Union and the national student survey ranking.

Stories of Activism: City Activist Walk

Stories of Activism, a city-wide project run by the Department of History which works with activists to collect and record their stories, is holding another City Activist Walk on 2 July at 5.30pm from the Fargate entrance of Orchard Square and invites you to come along.

The project has been working with poet River Wolton to devise and perform the walk, in and around Sheffield city centre using the collected stories to traces the city’s activist past and present through its buildings, landmarks and streets. The first walk, held as part of the recent In The City festival was a sell-out and Sheffield filmmaker Gemma Thorpe was commissioned to record it on film. The film can be seen here http://vimeo.com/97475159

If you’d like to come along, tickets are free, but please register at https://storiesofactivismwalk.eventbrite.co.uk

Stories of Activism: City Activist Walk

Sheffield has a rich and vibrant history of activism. Over the past few years, the Stories of Activism in Sheffield, 1960-present project has been conducting interviews with activists from around the city. The city centre and its immediate surrounding areas are an important part of their stories. Join poet River Wolton and others as we trace the City’s activist past and present through its buildings, landmarks and streets. The stories we tell will bring to life again—and update—the famous ‘Radical History Walk’. All participants are invited to add their stories as we walk, and contribute to the project’s growing collection stored at Sheffield Archives.

Stories of Activism: City Activist Walk

Sheffield has a rich and vibrant history of activism. Over the past few years, the Stories of Activism in Sheffield, 1960-present project has been conducting interviews with activists from around the city. The city centre and its immediate surrounding areas are an important part of their stories. Join poet River Wolton and others as we trace the City’s activist past and present through its buildings, landmarks and streets. The stories we tell will bring to life again—and update—the famous ‘Radical History Walk’. All participants are invited to add their stories as we walk, and contribute to the project’s growing collection stored at Sheffield Archives.

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Witness project: annual meet and greet

“History is much more than just books in a library; it’s also people’s lives and experiences.” Witness is a student-led oral history project that aims to preserve the voices and stories of the people of Sheffield and to create an oral history archive for future historical research.

On Friday 4 October, the Witness Oral History project celebrated its second year, and started its third. Interested members of the public came along to Jessop West foyer to meet the History students who took part last year, and those who are volunteering this year on this student-led scheme. Around 40 interviews are now available online, concentrating on Sheffield in the 1980s and Sheffield during the Second World War, together with some preliminary analysis of particular themes carried out by the students. More interviews will be added in the coming year, creating a valuable resource for future historians.  In 2013-14, the students hope to work alongside a community project in Walkley as well as continuing with their Second World War theme.

Additional Information

For more information, visit www.witness.group.shef.ac.uk