HST298: Global South Asians: Travel, Migration and Diaspora, 1850-1950

20 credits (semester 2) (semester 1 2017-18)

Module Leader: Dr Siobhan Lambert-Hurley


Module Summary

It has been estimated that, by the early twenty-first century, more than 25 million peoples of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent were living in Europe, North America, Africa and Southeast Asia. This module aims to historicise this diaspora by examining how and why South Asians have criss-crossed the globe in increasing numbers from the nineteenth century: for pilgrimage, trade, service, indenture, learning, diplomacy, politics, performance, mission and employment. The focus will be on different experiences of travel, migration and settlement in the high and late colonial period (1858-1947) that anticipated mass migration in the post-war era.


Teaching and Assessment

The module will be taught through eleven lectures and eleven seminars. Lectures will examine particular events and developments in the history of South Asian travel and migration, while seminars will focus on historians’ and students’ interpretations of those events.

Information on assessment can be found at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level2


Selected Reading

  • Joya Chatterji and David Washbrook (eds), Routledge Handbook of the South Asian Diaspora (London: Routledge, 2012).
  • K.A. Jacobsen and P.P. Kumar (eds.), South Asians in the Diaspora: Histories and Religious Traditions (Brill, 2004).
  • B. Parekh, G. Singh and S. Vertovec (eds.), Culture and Economy in the Indian Diaspora (Routledge, 2003).
  • Michael H. Fisher, Shompa Lahiri and Shinder Thandi, A South Asian History of Britain: Four Centuries of Peoples from the Indian Subcontinent (Greenwood Press, 2007).
  • Rozina Visram, Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History (Pluto, 2002).
  • Susheila Nasta with Florian Stadtler, Asian Britain: A Photographic History (Saqi Books, 2013).


Intended Learning Outcomes
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