Partition at 75: reflections on migrant memories in the British South Asian diaspora

Clelia Clini, Jasmine Hornabrook, Paul Nataraj, Emily Keightley

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In 2017, the 70th anniversary of the Partition of British India was widely discussed in the UK, not only within academic and cultural circles, but also in popular culture. Five years later, on the 75th anniversary of Partition, the scholarly, cultural and community interest in the events of 1947 intersected with the commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the expulsion of the South Asian population from Uganda, and the 70th anniversary of the Language Movement that led towards Bangladesh independence in 1971 - the 50th anniversary of which was celebrated just the year before. Based on the work of the Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination research project (Loughborough University) this article will explore the entanglement of the memories of these events within the South Asian diaspora, and how their transmission and communication shape the construction of contemporary diasporic identity and concepts of community, belonging and ‘home.’.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalSouth Asian Diaspora
Early online date16 Aug 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Aug 2023
Externally publishedYes

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