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Migration and Culture in London's East End, 1800 to the Present

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We are pleased to announce the following event organised by Prof Sander Gilman (Chairman of the LBI London) and Dr Cathy Gelbin (Executive Board Member of the LBI London):

20 January 2014, 6.30-9.30 pm at Rich Mix Cinema and Arts Centre, London

This ‘town-meeting’ type event explores the complex stories of migration to London’s East End from the 1800s to the present. The event is co-organized by Cathy Gelbin (Universityof Manchester) and Sander Gilman (EmoryUniversity) as part of their AHRC-funded research project Cosmopolitanism and the Jews. 

Looking at the rich stories of groups such as the Huguenots, Jews, and more recently Asian, Caribbean and Eastern European people, we will focus both on their responses to stigma and their creation of the cosmopolitan setting that is today’s East End. 

The event brings into dialogue lay audiences with practitioners in migration politics, education and the arts. 

Screening: Ruth Novaczek, Rootless Cosmopolitans 


  • Professor Sander L. Gilman (Emory)
  • Jane Earl, Rich Mix Director (London)
  • Rachel Lichtenstein, writer and artist (London)
  • Munsur Ali, producer, writer, director (London) 
  • Ruth Novaczek, artist and filmmaker (London)