Public art in a street in Bristol
Public art in a street in Bristol
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Migration Impacts

How does the history of the impact of migration on British culture illuminate and inform the current debate on migration and its future impacts? Elleke Boehmer’s intensive research into anglo-indian synergies has been used by the government’s “Foresight” programme to inform their current policies.

Possibilities Seminar 2:

1 November, 2016

6-8 pm, Grimond Room, House of Commons. 

If you would like to attend the event please contact our Events Office.

Virendra Sharma, MP (left) and Professor Elleke BoehmerVirendra Sharma, MP (left) and Professor Elleke Boehmer

Chair: Virendra Sharma, MP

Virendra Sharma was first elected as MP in the Ealing Southall by-election on 19 July 2007. He was born in India and speaks fluent Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu. He is married with a grown-up son and daughter and 3 grandchildren. He served as a councillor in Ealing for 25 years including a term as Mayor.

The grandfather-of-three came to Hanwell from India in 1968 and was educated at the London School of Economics on a Trade Union Scholarship, working for the London Borough of Hillingdon.

Virendra currently chairs the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), leads the APPG for Gurkha Welfare, and is Co-Chair of the APPG on Nepal, the Tuberculosis Group, the Hepatitis Group and is Vice-Chair of the APPG for British Hindus. 

Speaker: Professor Elleke Boehmer

Elleke Boehmer is the Professor of World Literature in English, in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford, and Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College. Her books include Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995, 2005), Empire, the National and the Postcolonial, 1890-1920 (2002), and the biography Nelson Mandela (2008), as well as Stories of Women (2005). She is the author of four acclaimed novels, including Screens again the Sky (short-listed David Hyam Prize, 1990), Bloodlines (shortlisted SANLAM prize), and Nile Baby (2008), and of the short-story collection Sharmilla and Other Portraits (2010).  In 2015 she published Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of Empire, a cultural history, which has just won the ESSE Book award for 2016, and a novel, The Shouting in the Dark. She was a Man Booker International judge 2013-15, and is also Director of the Oxford Life-Writing Centre at Wolfson College.