Postgraduate Page

Over the past year Richard Gunn, a researcher with the Diasporas, Migration and Identities programme, spoke to the postgraduate researchers affiliated to the programme about their research.

Shivani Derrington

Shivani Derrington

Richard spoke to Shivani Derrington in June 2011, while she was in the process of writing-up her PhD thesis. Shivani’s thesis, jointly supervised by Royal Holloway and the Victoria & Albert Museum, is entitled:

Diasporic fashion space: women’s experiences of ‘South Asian’ dress aesthetics in London.


Benji Zeitlyn

Benji Zeitlyn

Benji Zeitlyn worked as part of the Home and Away: Experiences and Representations of Transnational South Asian Children project at the University of Sussex. His DPhil thesis, Growing up Glocal in London and Sylhet, focuses on the experiences of British-Bangladeshi children in London and was completed in 2010. Richard spoke to Benji in July 2011 about his doctoral work.


Janine Teerling

Janine Teerling

Janine Teerling worked as part of the Cultural Geographies of Counter-Diasporic Migation: The Second Generation Returns 'Home' project at the University of Sussex. Her DPhil thesis, The ‘Return’ of British-born Cypriots to Cyprus: A Narrative Ethnography, was completed in 2010. I spoke to Janine in July 2011.

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This was a blog run by postgraduate researchers and affiliated to the Programmem which was active until March 2009. It was concerned with migration, past and present, in all its forms - refugee, diaspora, exile, return, temporary, labour, tourist - and related issues of identity and community organisation.


Postgraduate Conferences

Postgraduate Workshop: 15 December 2008, Holiday Inn, Camden Lock, London

The Diasporas, Migration and Identities Programme co-hosted a postgraduate workshop and keynote lecture with the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme. Attendance was free.

It commenced at 2.00pm with a workshop entitled Researching Diasporas, and was followed by a Keynote Lecture by Thomas A Tweed* (see below). It concluded with a drinks reception and time for networking.

Thomas Tweed is currently Shive, Lindsay, and Gray Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in religion and transnationalism; religion and place; method and theory in the study of religion; Catholicism in America; Asian religions in America. An acclaimed and award-winning scholar, he edited Retelling U.S. Religious History (1997) and co-edited Asian Religions in America: A Documentary History (1999), and wrote The American Encounter with Buddhism, 1844-1912: Victorian Culture and the Limits of Dissent (1992; 2000), Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami (1997), and, most recently Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion (2006).

The first of our two planned conferences for postgraduate students was held in Leeds on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 December 2006 - see the Conference Programme for details.


Bar before Dinner


The keynote address was given by Dr Sean Mcloughlin, Dr William Gould and Dr Emma Tomalin from the Networks Project "From Diaspora to Multi-Locality: Writing British-Asian Cities"opens in a new

A wide variety of papers was given by Postgraduates over the two days of the Conference. Click here to see the abstracts of these papers.




The Conference closed with a Programme Update given by Professor Kim Knott.

Click here for more photos.