EU/Research Funded Projects/Collaborations:
Dr David Dee
Dr David Dee is currently working on a new research monograph for Palgrave, provisionally entitled The Estranged Generation? Social Change and Interwar British Jewry, which is investigating social change, identity transformation and integration within the Jewish community of Britain during the 1920s and 1930s. His pioneering project focuses specifically on the children of Jewish migrants from Eastern Europe who settled in Britain before World War One and will chart and analyse this ‘second generation’ migrant populations’ social, economic, educational, religious, political and recreational lifestyles and identities. The project will assess whether – as was alleged by Jewish communal and religious leaders between the wars – the migrant second generation was ‘estranging’ itself from its Jewishness and losing interest in Jewish culture, traditions and religion, or simply creating new norms/forms of Jewishness different to those expressed by migrant elders and the ‘Anglicised’, established British-Jewish community.
Although a well-developed field in the USA, the study of second generation migrant experiences/lifestyles/identities from an historical perspective is in its infancy in Britain. Dr Dee’s project, built on comprehensive and wide-ranging archival and primary research, is therefore designed to open up a new field of academic enquiry into both Jewish history, and the history of immigrant and minority groups, within a British context.
Dr Dee currently holds a DMU ‘Early Career Research Fellowship’ for the project, which runs between October 2013 and July 2015 and includes funding for research expenses and conference attendance.
Professor Panikos Panayi
Panikos Panayi is currently working on 3 major projects.
1 - ‘The Germans in India: A History of Tri-Cultural Interaction in Peace and War, c1800-1918’ funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The book will examine the migration, settlement and interethnic interaction of Germans who settled in India during the course of the nineteenth century with both Indians and the British through peace and war. It will be based upon a wide range of material in both British and German libraries and archives.
2 - ‘Interning German “Enemy Aliens” in the British Empire during World War I:
Global, National and Local Perspectives’. This project is being carried out with Stefan Manz of Aston University and is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The project will examine the importance of the First World War in the development of internment as a state policy against German enemy populations and its consequences for those affected. Manz and Panayi are visiting all of the key repositories in the UK and Germany as well as making trips to South Africa and India to examine the local perspective.
3 - A book commissioned by Yale University Press provisionally entitled ‘New Londoners: Immigration and the Making of the Capital’. Under a series of chapters, including ‘Cheap Labour’, ‘A City of Shopkeepers’, ‘The International Bourgeoisie’ ‘The Restaurant’ and ’Handel to Tempah’, the book will illustrate the centrality of immigration to the evolution of London. It will focus not simply in the decades since 1945 but also on the centuries before.
Panikos Panayi is also currently organizing two international conferences on the theme of internment. The first of these will take place on the Isle of Man in September 2014 on the theme of: ‘Internment on the Isle of Man 1914 – 1919’: http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/news/island-to-welcome-leading-experts-on-civilian-internment-during-the-first-world-war/ The second is taking place at the Imperial War Museum North on 13-14 May 2015 on the theme of: ‘Internment during the First World War: A Global Mass Phenomenon’.
Dr Pippa Virdee
Recently Dr Virdee has been successful in getting funding for a two-year research project from the Gerda Henkel Foundation. This project continues her interest in women and their contribution to the making of national histories in Pakistan. This latest research examines the role of women and gender politics in an Islamic society such as Pakistan, which has undergone so much change in the past sixty years. She is particularly interested in exploring this from a social cultural perspective and the how women’s history has undergone a transformation from the formative years to the 1970s, during the Bhutto and Zia period. To date most of the historiography in Pakistan has been concerned with the political and nationalist agenda and this research is important in challenging and contributing to the alternative spaces that were vital in creating Pakistan as a modern nation state. While women are largely absent in the “official and public” spaces, the “unofficial and private” spaces reveal fascinating insights into how women created their own space in Pakistani society.
Dr Virdee recently gave a talk at the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge. The paper, ‘The most relaxing way to fly’: Women, PIA and the making of ‘modern’ Pakistan” presented some of preliminarily findings from this research project. A podcast of this is available at: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/itunes-u/centre-south-asian-studies/id648266765?mt=10
Dr Elizabeth Lambourn
As of December 2011 Elizabeth Lambourn is the Principal Investigator leading an AHRC Research Network entitled "Routes, Networks and Communities in the Early Medieval Indian Ocean", a network of over 20 international scholars from Japan via India through to the USA who are working on the first holistic study of the Kollam plates, a unique mid-9th century land grant made to an Eastern Christian Church at this south Indian port. Among the core themes of the network are issues of legal extraterritoriality and legal encounter, cultural translation and inter-faith cooperation through religious patronage. She currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for the project "West Asia in the Indian Ocean 500-1500 CE".