The Global English: Historical Perspectives

Whilst most European Diasporas have received considerable attention from scholars, the English Diaspora has received virtually none. Since 1600, however, the English have been one of Europe's most migratory peoples. They contributed considerably to the British Empire in values, ideas and personnel; provided core human migrations for the re-peopling North America and the colonial parts of Africa and Australia; and left a heavy imprint even where they did not colonise, particularly in Asia and the 'informal Empire' elsewhere. Within this wider context this conference investigates such diverse themes as English migration to the colonies; English culture and customs overseas; the concept of the English 'Diaspora'; and symbols of Englishness.

The conference will take place 17-18 July 2014 at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Download the full programme (opens .pdf).

On 17 July 2014 there will be a free public lecture & folk music session by Prof William Van Vugt at 5:15pm - come and join us. Full details (opens .pdf).

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