We aim to see how the complex history of migration, governance and asylum has produced the cause and conditions for an increasingly diverse and ‘global’ Coventry in the post-war decades. What kind of factors have enabled such a convergence over the last five decades? what kind of diasporic formations have this produced, especially around race, ethnicity and religion? We take the Windrush and 9/11 as broad markers that define the time and space of our project. Our work, mainly collaborative in nature, will feed into larger histories of migration, mobility and diaspora in the U.K focusing largely on non-white immigrant communities.
This project will identify the different immigrant streams that currently constitute the city’s diverse populations – industrial labourers, students, (queer) asylum seekers – and document its overlapping narratives. It brings together historians, sociologists and community-based activists to reflect on immigrant identification and belonging in contemporary Coventry.
18 June 2021, 1-3pm
Coventry as Global: Rethinking Migration, Belonging and Sanctuary, A Roundtable.
Prof. Anne Gerritsen, Global History and Culture Centre, University of Warwick
Dr Somak Biswas, Institute of Historical Research, Univesity of London
Dr Saba Hussain, Coventry University
Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group
Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre
Queer Asia, UK