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Europe: A history of migrations
Claire Alexander, Maxine Berg, Thomas Glesener, Robert Winder

  • Friday 9 June 2017, 5.00PM to 6.30pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
  • Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens (map)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

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Join historians, including Maxine Berg of the University of Warwick and Claire Zalc of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), as they examine the topical issue of European migration. Maxine will explore skills circulation, while Claire will look at nationalities at the beginning of the 20th century.


  • Claire Alexander, University of Manchester
  • Maxine Berg, University of Warwick
  • Thomas Glesener, Université d'Aix-Marseille
  • Robert Winder, Author of Bloody Foreigners: The Story of Immigration to Britain and Trustee of the Migration Museum Project (Chair)


About the speakers

Claire Alexander is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. She has researched, written and published on issues of race, ethnicity, youth and migration in Britain for over 25 years. She is author of The Art of Being Black (1996), The Asian Gang (2000) and The Bengal Diaspora: Rethinking Muslim Migration (with Joya Chatterj and Annu Jalais, 2016). A former Trustee of The Runnymede Trust, Claire has worked closely with Runnymede over the past decade on several projects aimed at diversifying the school history curriculum (see,

Maxine Berg is Professor of History at the University of Warwick, and a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society. She is an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford (2009-present), and was Director of the Global History and Culture Centre (2007-2010), Director of the Eighteenth-Century Centre (1998-2007) and a Guggenheim Fellow (2003-2004).

Maxine’s research interests are in global history, especially Asia and Europe in the early modern period; history of knowledge and technology; history of material culture, especially textiles, porcelain and luxury manufactured goods; also history writing and historiography 1920s-1960s. Her books include Goods from the East: Trading Eurasia 1600-1800 (Palgrave Publishers, 2015), Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain (OUP, 2005), A Woman in History; Eileen Power 1889-1940 (Cambridge, 1996) and The Age of Manufactures. Second Edition(Routledge, 1994). She is now working on connections between the Indian Ocean, East Asia and the Pacific, and especially on the fur trade from Nootka Sound 1778-1820.

Thomas Glesener is a Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Aix-Marseille. He is a member of the laboratory ‘Temps, Espaces, Langages, Europe Méridionale – Méditerrannée’ which specialises in Mediterranean Europe. His main research focuses on the history of the Hispanic world from the 17th century to the 19th century, through topics such as military history, migrations or political identities in Spain. He also works on the issues of mobility, migration and integration in the Mediterranean and Atlantic areas in the 18th century. His PhD thesis will be published in Autumn 2017: L’empire des exilés. Les Flamands et le gouvernement de l’Espagne (Madrid, Casa de Velázquez).  He is currently working on a research project on the movements of Muslims and Eastern Christians in the Hispanic World during the Modern Era.  

Robert Winder is the author of Bloody Foreigners: the Story of Immigration to Britain and (forthcoming) The Last Wolf: the Hidden Springs of Englishness. A former Literary Editor of The Independent, and a novelist, he is also a trustee of the Migration Museum Project, which aims to create a national museum of migration for the UK. 

Please note: The venue for this event is different to that previously advertised in the Festival brochure.


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