Diasporas are not a modern phenomenon. Ever since the last Ice Age people have moved into the British Isles from the European continent. Our research focuses primarily on the cultural, linguistic, and genetic interactions between peoples known to history as ‘Celts’, ‘Britons’, ‘Anglo-Saxons’, and ‘Vikings’.
Diasporas involve the migration of people from a homeland and the maintenance over time of links with that place. The homeland is often idealised, and collective memories or myths about it are nurtured and transmitted across generations, long after the living links of the migrants have died out. Migrant groups maintain a strong ethnic consciousness through shared habits, material culture, memories, and language; they often synthesize a sense of collective identity and construct a common cultural discourse.
A fundamental element of the Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain programme has been its interdisciplinarity. The programme was driven by six concurrent interdisciplinary projects, and the dialogue generated by a multidisciplinary seminar on theory, methodology, evidence and interpretation.
Each project used evidence and ideas from more than one specialism to ask new questions of the evidence and to develop new methodological approaches to the study of the impact of deep‐time diasporas in ways not previously achieved in the scholarly and popular literature.
Cross‐disciplinary collaboration and communication was structurally embedded, to encourage new ways of thinking about old evidence and to interrogate old assumptions in the light of new data.
|Professor Joanna Story||Principal Investigator||School of Historyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Pragya Vohra||Project Manager||School of Historyemail@example.com|
|Professor Steve Brown||Co-Investigator||School of Managementfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Jayne Carroll||Co-Investigator||School of English Studies, University of Nottinghamemail@example.com|
|Professor Simon James||Co-Investigator||School of Ancient History and Archaeologyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Professor Mark Jobling||Co-Investigator||Department of Geneticsemail@example.com|
|Dr Richard Jones||Co-Investigator||Centre for Regional and Local History, School of Historical Studiesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Philip Shaw||Co-Investigator||School of Englishemail@example.com|
|Dr Turi King||Research Fellow||Department of Geneticsfirstname.lastname@example.org|