Aliens, Foreigners and Strangers in Medieval England, AD 500–1500

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Date(s) - 26 March - 27 March
All day

The British Academy


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 two-day 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.

A public lecture by Prof. Robin Fleming (Boston College) on Medieval Migrants: On the move in Britain after Rome’s Fall follows the first day of the conference (6–7.30); separate (free) registration is required.

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