History Festival at De Montfort University.

The aim is to examine multiculturalism as an historical concept: its meaning for the theory and practice of history; origins of the ‘global’ nature of Leicester; and how academic and community history in the city reflect, experience, and engage with plurality. The event will bring together academic historians and community history groups to examine multicultural histories of the city, in partnership with the Leicester Branch of the Historical Association.

Leicester was the first city in the UK where the majority of residents identified as non-white British (2011 census). There are c. 70 languages spoken and at least 14 different faiths practiced. In the last two decades, this diversity has been celebrated by civic groups, with energetic promotion of its cultural ‘products’, particularly food, shopping and festivals such as Diwali. Yet the origins of Leicester’s diversity, and the meaning and lived experience of multiculturalism, have a contested history. 

The Festival will explore what multiculturalism means for historians and how it has influenced the way in which Leicester studies and celebrates its past. The festival will be an opportunity to hear different stories of residents, community groups & organisations.

There are lots of ways you can be involved. We are looking for:

  • Short presentations on projects and ideas linked to the diverse histories of Leicester.
  • Poster displays and presentations.
  • Stalls and books sales by community history and heritage groups.
  • People to come along and join in!

Keynote speakers who will open and close the festival:

  • Professor Panikos Panayi (DMU), ‘Leicester and other Migrant Cities in British History’
  • Dr Dean Irwin, ‘Simon de Montfort, earl of Leicester, and the Jews: A Reconsideration’.

If you would like to participate in the festival, please contact Professor Elizabeth Tingle.

This event is led by the Institute of History, De Montfort University and the Leicester Branch of the Historical Association.

Details about how to join this event will be available soon.

Image- "Leicester Market. UK" by zaphad1 is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

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