Aliens, Foreigners and Strangers in Medieval England, c. AD 500–1500
Professor Joanna Story is running a major interdisciplinary conference on the theme of Aliens, Foreigners, and Strangers in Medieval England, c. AD 500-1500 at the British Academy on 26-27 March 2015, in collaboration with Professors Mark Ormrod and Elizabeth Tyler at the University of York.
The conference will explore the extent and impact of immigration in Medieval England in the 'long millennium' of the Middle Ages, c. AD500-1500.
Immigration, its causes and its consequences, is a contentious topic with profound political, social, economic and cultural effects both for individual migrants and for the host and donor communities. It is not a new phenomenon. This conference will take a multidisciplinary approach to the presence and treatment of foreigners in England across the medieval millennium. It will provide deep historical and cultural context to discussions among policy-makers and the general public about ethnicity, multiculturalism and the evolution of national identity in modern Britain.
The conference arises from three major research projects being run at Leicester and York, including the Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain: Evidence, Memories, Inventions which is a 5 year programme award funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2011-2016).