IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 608: The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Leverhulme Trust / Medieval Research Centre, University of Leicester
Organiser:Joanna Story, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Moderator/Chair:Joanna Story, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Paper 608-a'If I Should Return Home': Pilgrimage and Travel to, from, and in Early Medieval England
(Language: English)
Helen Foxhall Forbes, School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life
Paper 608-bReconsidering 'Primitive Old English'
(Language: English)
Martin Findell, School of Historical Studies / School of English Studies, University of Leicester
Index terms: Epigraphy, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 608-cWhat's in a Name?: The Genetic Legacy of the Vikings in the North of England
(Language: English)
Turi King, School of Historical Studies / Department of Genetics, University of Leicester
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Demography, Genealogy and Prosopography, Science
Abstract

‘The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain’ is a major new interdisciplinary research programme at the University of Leicester which will investigate the impact of the movement of people in the distant past on the cultural, linguistic and population history of the British Isles. It will also examine the influence of ancient diasporas – remembered, suppressed or invented – on the construction of identities in Britain, past and present. This session presents three strands of our research, in history, historical linguistics, and genetics. The papers focus on early medieval England, but the methodologies applied have wider application to other periods and places.