This session will explore the often-overlooked history of London’s colonial institutions and their major role in the growth of the city. We will read nineteenth-century Indian travel writers and contemporary Caribbean novelists to help us discover a hidden history of the city that resonates today.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in London history, or in history more generally.
Do I need any skills or knowledge?
No prior knowledge is required.
You will learn
- Knowledge of colonial history and the ways this has affected the development of London as a centre of global trade
- Become acquainted with immigrant and traveling writers who have reimagined the City of London, such as Mirza Abu Taleb Khan, Sake Deen Mahomed and Samuel Selvon
- Explore how the history of empire is still implicated in the geography, culture, and political landscape of London today
- Understand the complex entwinement of colonial and postcolonial histories in major cultural monuments in London.
Meet the Tutor
Dr Peter Ely
Dr Peter Ely recently completed a PhD at Kingston University in British fiction and notions of community. He has taught on a number of modules at Kingston University including ‘Black British Writing’ and ‘Multicultural London’ and is currently converting his research into a book.
Need to Know
- 10:00 - 16:00
- Full £62 / Conc. £47
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Peter Ely
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